Our Story

In 1990, Wellness House opened with a single purpose: to better the lives of people living with cancer and the people close to them. Today, we offer a variety of programs and services — exercise classes, nutrition seminars, support groups and more — that complement the treatment from your doctors and specialists. It’s a whole-person approach to healing, and it’s offered at no cost to you.

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Our approach to cancer wellness

Cancer is hard and takes a toll on you and those around you. And you are more than your diagnosis. Psychosocial care can heal your whole self. Our unique approach to cancer wellness takes all aspects of living with cancer into account — from the physical to the emotional, and everything in between.

Our mission

Wellness House envisions a community where all people affected by cancer thrive.  Offered at no cost, and as a complement to medical treatment, our programs educate, support and empower participants in order to help them improve their physical and emotional well-being.

Start your cancer wellness journey

Connect with others, learn new skills and gain information when you participate in classes, practice healthful living, reduce stress and more.

Support across metro Chicago and beyond

You can always find us at The Kay & Mike Birck Home of Hope, our Hinsdale home base, but we facilitate programs, classes and groups all around metro Chicago and online wherever you are.

Hinsdale – Main Location

131 N County Line Rd
Hinsdale, IL 60521

Wheeling Township Office

1616 N Arlington Heights Rd
Arlington Heights, 60004

Pav YMCA

2947 Oak Park Ave
Berwyn, IL 60402

Center on Halsted

3656 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60613

ALAS–Wings

3023 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657

Insight Chicago

2525 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

Mile Square Health Center

1220 S Wood St
Chicago, IL 60608

St. Sylvester Church

2157 N Humboldt Blvd
Chicago, IL 60647

UI Health Cancer Clinic

1801 W Taylor St
Chicago, IL 60612

Advocate Good Samaritan Bhorade Cancer Center

3745 Highland Ave
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Edward-Elmhurst Health | Elmhurst Memorial Hospital

155 E Brush Hill Rd
Elmhurst, IL 60126

DuPage Medical Group

430 Warrenville Rd
Lisle, IL 60532

Lemons of Love

406 W Central Rd
Mt Prospect, IL 60056

Rush Oak Park Hospital – Medical Office Building

610 S Maple Ave
Oak Park, IL 60304

Countryside Church

1025 N Smith St
Palatine, IL 60067

West Suburban Medical Center | Breast Care Center, River Forest Campus

420 William St
River Forest, IL 60305

For more information about programs held at any of these locations or online, please review our programs or reach out to us. 

Meet our experts

Our experts focus on the individual needs of people through every step of cancer — before, during and after treatment. When you connect with a Wellness House specialist, you’ll discover an ideal balance between professional expertise and compassion.

Meet our board

The Board of Directors and Foundation Board of Directors are talented, committed and generous volunteer leaders who share their time, knowledge and resources so Wellness House can be the best it can be, helping those living with cancer feel better inside.

Our sponsors

Generous sponsors make it possible for us to provide services at no cost to participants. Sponsorships are also available for the Walk for Wellness House and the Wellness House Ball. Thank you to our Corporate Champions, who sponsor Wellness House with a total annual gift of $25,000 or more.

Our grantors

With support from our grantors, we prepare and empower people to fully live life with cancer and beyond.
Thank you to our generous grantors.

Guy A. and N. Kay Arboit Charitable Trust 

Bears Care

Chicago Board of Trade Foundation

The Coleman Foundation

T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies 

Community Memorial Foundation 

The DuPage Foundation 

DuPage Medical Group Charitable Fund of the DuPage Foundation 

The Grainger Foundation 

The Greer Foundation   

Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust  

Nayar Family Foundation  

Edmond and Alice Opler Foundation  

Pfizer 

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