Building a Healthy Community

Building a Healthy Community

Access to Healthcare

Patrick M. Magoon Institute for Healthy Communities. Click here for information.

STEEM Programs for Underrepresented Youth. Click here for information.

Resources And Programs for Increasing Diversity in Health Professions (RAPID - Illinois) | University of Illinois Chicago, Click here for information.

Exercise: City of Chicago Fitness Plus Program 

  • Free training classes twice a week at 48 locations 
  • No further info on website; people call for schedules and locations 

Millennium Park Workouts is a FREE fitness program held at Millennium Park's Great Lawn. 

  • May 18-Aug 31 
  • Morning workouts feature 45-minute classes in Pilates, Yoga, Zumba and Cardio Kickboxing. The Pilates and Yoga sessions will be accompanied by live music from renowned Chicago musicians. 
  • Workout Schedule: 8 – 8:45am Pilates 9 – 9:45am Yoga 10 – 10:45am Cardio Kickboxing 11 – 11:45am Zumba® 

City of Chicago :: Breast Examination and Mammogram 

Services - Equal Hope 

  • Health services related to breast cancer treatment 
  • Self-advocacy advising when it comes to patient/doctor relationships 

Self-advocacy advising when it comes to patient/doctor relationships 

Public Health Vending Machine Pilot program 

  • Locations have Narcan, Fentanyl test kits, Xylazine test kits, Menstrual hygiene kits, socks and underwear, general hygiene kits    

Mental Health support 

  • Website includes video testimonials of people from different backgrounds and their mental health journeys maybe we could do something similar for the why vote videos 

Healthcare and the Homeless

Programs – St. Vincent de Paul Chicago ( 

  • Provide programs under their Feed/Clothe/Heal banners

Thresholds: Services for those experiencing houselessness  

Emergency Homeless Assessment and Response Center – Families in need can call 311 to be connected to short-term housing while awaiting shelter placement in addition to showers, meals, and a play place for children. 

The Boulevard 

  • The Boulevard of Chicago provides high quality, cost-effective medical respite care, holistic support and housing services to help ill and injured homeless adults break the cycle of homelessness, restore their health and rebuild their lives. 

North Side Housing and Supportive Services 

  •  A comprehensive human services agency dedicated to ending and preventing homelessness. 

Food and Nutrition

Grocery Delivery for Organic Food, Fresh Produce & More (  

Online Grocery Delivery - Save Up To 30% Off | Misfits Market 

  • Rejected groceries that get delivered to your door 
  • Ask supermarket workers if you're able to purchase rejected foods 

Greater Chicago Food Depository  

  • Food map with locations and information on Chicagoland food pantries  
  • Free diapers and essential items for infants and children under the age of five 

The Love Fridge Chicago 

  •  Locate community refrigerators 

Pilsen Food Pantry  Available items  

  • Perishable food like fruit, vegetables, eggs, cheese, meat, chicken, and fish.  
  • Non-perishable foods like grains, beans, peanut butter, and canned items.  
  • Hygiene and household items like menstrual supplies, toothpaste, and light bulbs. 

Chicago Food services depending on age (Under 18)  

  • Find a CPS Meal Site, where you can pick up three days' worth of breakfast & lunch for every child in your home. Check the map before you go, as locations and pickup times may change daily. 
  • Find a Summer Meals Site at a neighborhood, park or community center near you. You can also call (800) 359-2163 or text FoodIL to 877877 for more information.  

Adults 60+ 

  • Contact the Department of Family and Support Services’ call center at 312-744-4016 (Monday through Friday) from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for information on food resources including the Meals on Wheels Program. Meals on Wheels is a weekly meal delivery program that provides six meals to the home of older adults. Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) senior residents 60 and over can also contact CHA’s emergency services. 

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