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Support Groups

The Brain Injury Association of Illinois welcomes everyone to attend any support group. Please call the office for additional information regarding support group activities

Why Attend a Support Group Meeting?

The purpose of a support group is sharing with and supporting another for the mutual benefit of the total group. Some elements of a support group are:

  • Active, involved listening to others
  • Providing an atmosphere where positive and negative views can be expressed without being judged or labeled
  • An atmosphere that promotes a sense of caring
  • An opportunity to identify needs and to problem solve with others
  • Providing an atmosphere to explore inner feelings
  • An awareness of common needs and strengths
  • Receiving and giving opportunities for others to be understood
  • A place to find courage and to take risks
  • Education and information is shared among the group

Group Listings:


Carle Hospital - Mills Cancer Center, 2nd Floor
611 West Park
Urbana, IL
*Please park in the South Parking Garage
Contact: Dawn Henry  217.383.6423
2nd Saturday of the month, 10:30am - 12:30pm

Chicago Heads Up

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly Rehab Inst of Chicago)
355 E Erie St., Chicago, IL 60611
3rd Friday/month 1:30-3 PM (check at front desk for room number)

Chicago Making Headway

Schwab Rehab Hospital
Contact: Ginny Lazzara, 708.945.8360
Meets monthly, call for meeting information

Chicago - Brain Aneurysm Support Group

U of I Medical Center
1801 W. Taylor St., Ste 4E (NeuroScience Ctr)
Contact: Kate Walsh
Last Tuesday of the month, 6pm

Crystal Lake - Head Winds

333 Commerce Drive, Suite 300
Crystal Lake, IL
Contact: Mary Lou Philbin
2nd  Monday/month 7-8:30pm - Support group
3rd Monday/month 6pm Caregiver group

Downers Grove

Rehab Without Walls NeuroSolutions
1040 Robey Ave
Downers Grove, IL
Call for meeting information
Phone: 630.969.9188

Elk Grove Village Second Chance for Survivors

Alexian Brothers Rehabilitation Hospital
935 Biesner Road
Elk Grove Village, IL
Contact: Tara Shilts, Coordinator Chaplain
Call for meeting date/time and information

Herrin - Brain Injury and Stroke Support Group

SIH Herrin Hospital
Conference rooms B/C
1st Thursday of each month 5:30-7:00 PM
Contact: April Nannie
618.942.2171 Ext. 36249


Easter Seals
212 Barney Drive
Joliet, IL  60435
Contact: Kathy A. Miller
Every Wednesday, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

LaSalle Peru - Epilepsy Support Group (for those with brain injury and/or seizures)

300 Walnut Street, Peru IL 61354
Contact: Erika Fleck
2nd Thursday/Month 6-7pm

Morris - Epilepsy Support Group (for those with brain injury and/or seizures)

Morris Hospital FBS Classroom
150 W. High Street, Morris IL 60450
Contact: Erika Fleck
1st Monday/Month 6-7pm


Lake County CIL
4th Tuesday/month 7:00 PM

Northshore - Skokie

Brennan & Burns
4711 Golf Road, Suite 100
Skokie, IL 60076
Contact: Heera Chandani
Meets monthly, 6:30 - 8pm
Call 847.679.8635 for meeting dates

Oak Lawn

Christ Hospital 
4450 W. 95th Street
Oak Lawn, IL
Outpatient Pavilion Room 7142
Contact: 708.684.1801
First Thursday of the month, 5:30pm - 7pm

Park Ridge

Lutheran General Hospital
West End Conference Room
Contact: Mary F. Schmidt, PhD
3rd Saturday/month 10-11:30am


Brain Injury Group
UAW Hall - East Peoria
Contact: Chris Hess
2nd Thursday/month 7:00 PM

Prophetstown BI-Ways

Winning Wheels
Phone: 815.537.5168 ext. 20
3rd Saturday/every other month
Call for meeting dates and times


Brain Trauma Awareness Organization
Networking meeting 10am/2nd Wednesday of the month, Quincy Public Library
Coffee for Caregivers 3rd Tuesday, Panera

Call for meeting dates and times
Contact: Margie Williams 217.242.3235 or
or Karen Campbell 217.223.5296

Rockford Headlines

VanMatre HealthSouth Rehab
3rd Tuesday/month 7:00 PM

Springfield MMC Brain Injury Support Group

Stroke and Brain Injury Support Group
Memorial Medical Center
Contact: Liz Reef, BI Program Coordinator
3rd Tuesday/month, 4:30-6pm
Call for location details, topics and to be added to mailing list.

Springfield MMC Rehab Support Group

Stroke, Brain Injury & SCI Support Group
Memorial Medical Center
Contact: Liz Reef, BI Program Coordinator
1st Monday/month, 4:00-6:00 PM
Call for location details, topics and to be added to mailing list.

Swansea - BISSIL

1 Emerald Terrace, Ste 200
Swansea, IL  62225
Contact: Barbara Norris 618.616.1700
Lynn Hatfield 618.235.9988
3rd Friday / Month  10-11:30am

Wheaton Young Adults Support Group

Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital 
26 W 171 Roosevelt Road
Wheaton, IL
Outpatient Pavilion Conference Room
Contacts: Rima Polikaitis 630.909.6360, Elizabeth Witt 630-909-6165
First Thursday/month, 6pm -7:30pm

Wheaton HI Hopes

Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital
26 W 171 Roosevelt Road
Wheaton, IL
Contact: Christina Hanson
2nd Tuesday/month 6:30-8 PM

For Information regarding support groups in the surrounding states, please call:

Brain Injury Association of Indiana (317) 356-7722
Iowa (800) 444-6443
Kentucky (800) 444-6443
Brain Injury Association of Missouri (314) 426-4024
Wisconsin (800) 444-6443
Brain Injury Association of Michigan (810) 229-5880
Minnesota (800) 444-6443



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Brain Injury Association of Illinois
P.O. Box 70
Palos Heights, IL 60463
Phones: 312-726-5699 or  800-699-6443  Fax:312-630-4011