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Chicago Connect Group

Chicago, Illinois
149 Members

Live Yes! Connect Groups offer local connections, education and empowerment. Adults living with arthritis from our local community come together for professional- and volunteer-led sessions on a variety of topics, as well as fun group activities.     

We offer a place of understanding and encouragement for both people living with arthritis and their loved ones. Group participants become self-advocates, develop self-management skills and learn how to not just survive life with arthritis but to thrive. 

Upcoming Events

Beacon Health & Fitness 200 E Jackson Blvd. Elkhart, Indiana Get Directions
  • Monday April 11th 2022
    8:00 AM
  • through
  • Friday December 30th 2022
    09:00 AM
2022 Walk With Ease - Elkhart, IN

Walk with Ease is a FREE six-week program developed by the Arthritis Foundation that can teach you how to safely make physical activity part of your everyday life. Participants can enroll within the first two weeks of the start of a session. Enrollment opens 30 days before the start of a session. QUESTIONS? Email Jake at [email protected]

Henry W. Maier Festival Park, North Gate 200 N. Harbor Drive Milwaukee, Wisconsin Get Directions
  • Saturday August 20th 2022
    12:00 AM
  • through
  • Saturday August 20th 2022
    12:00 AM
2022 Run/Walk to Milwaukee Irish Fest - Milwaukee, WI

The Arthritis Foundation's Run/Walk to Milwaukee Irish Fest is the longest running heritage festival 5K Fun Run which is routed down the path of Milwaukee’s beautiful lakeshore.

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Beacon Health & Fitness 200 E Jackson Blvd. Elkhart, Indiana Get Directions
  • Monday April 11th 2022 8:00 AM
  • through
  • Friday December 30th 2022 09:00 AM
2022 Walk With Ease - Elkhart, IN

Walk with Ease is a FREE six-week program developed by the Arthritis Foundation that can teach you how to safely make physical activity part of your everyday life. Participants can enroll within the first two weeks of the start of a session. Enrollment opens 30 days before the start of a session. QUESTIONS? Email Jake at [email protected]

Henry W. Maier Festival Park, North Gate 200 N. Harbor Drive Milwaukee, Wisconsin Get Directions
  • Saturday August 20th 2022 12:00 AM
  • through
  • Saturday August 20th 2022 12:00 AM
2022 Run/Walk to Milwaukee Irish Fest - Milwaukee, WI

The Arthritis Foundation's Run/Walk to Milwaukee Irish Fest is the longest running heritage festival 5K Fun Run which is routed down the path of Milwaukee’s beautiful lakeshore.

The Drake Hotel 140 E. Walton Place Chicago, Illinois Get Directions
  • Saturday October 15th 2022 5:30 PM
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  • Saturday October 15th 2022 12:00 AM
2022 Freedom of Movement Gala - Chicago, IL

The Freedom of Movement Gala is the largest fundraising event of the year for the Arthritis Foundation. It is an event that acknowledges leaders in the advancement of research and awareness for the management, prevention, and cure of arthritis, the most common cause of disability in the United States.

Cantigny Park 1 S 151 Winfield Road Wheaton, Illinois Get Directions
  • Sunday November 20th 2022 12:00 AM
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  • Sunday November 20th 2022 12:00 AM
2022 Jingle Bell Run - Western Suburbs

The Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis is among the nation's most incredible themed events. This fun and festive 5K race benefits the Arthritis Foundation's fight for the arthritis community - and helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections. Wear your favorite holiday outfit, tie jingle bells to your shoelaces and help us find a cure!

Bavarian Bierhaus 700 West Lexington Avenue Glendale, Wisconsin Get Directions
  • Saturday December 3rd 2022 12:00 AM
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  • Saturday December 3rd 2022 12:00 AM
2022 Jingle Bell Run - Wisconsin

The Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis is among the nation's most incredible themed events. This fun and festive 5K race benefits the Arthritis Foundation's fight for the arthritis community - and helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections. Wear your favorite holiday outfit, tie jingle bells to your shoelaces and help us find a cure!

Chicago, Illinois Get Directions
  • Sunday December 25th 2022 12:00 AM
  • through
  • Sunday December 25th 2022 12:00 AM
2022 Jingle Bell Run - Greater Chicago

The Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis is among the nation's most incredible themed events. This fun and festive 5K race benefits the Arthritis Foundation's fight for the arthritis community - and helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections. Wear your favorite holiday outfit, tie jingle bells to your shoelaces and help us find a cure!

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Christina M
Christina M
May 29, 2022 - 8:46 AM

Does anything have trouble with their RA and flare ups while working in an office? My upper neck/back between the shoulder blades keeps on hurting.. The Doctor said it was a strained muscle. It healed up nicely, then I just started back to work after a week off, and it is paining me again. I am so sad, I switched chairs, I put my computer down.. so if anything has any insight, it would be greatly appreciated! 

Lisa P
Lisa P
August 9, 2019 - 4:44 PM

Hope to see you all at the picnic tomorrow! We should have good weather

Heidi H
Heidi H
August 11, 2019 - 2:57 AM

It was a fun day! Thanks for all your hard work

Heidi H
Heidi H
August 8, 2019 - 3:07 AM

Hey everyone!! Welcome to the website! It's still a work in progress but I think it will improve every day. I'm looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday at the picnic. Be well, friends!

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Volunteer Opportunities

The Arthritis Foundation is focused on finding a cure and championing the fight against arthritis with life-changing information, advocacy, science and community. We can only achieve these goals with your help. Strong, outspoken and engaged volunteers will help us conquer arthritis. By getting involved, you become a leader in our organization and help make a difference in the lives of millions. Join us and become a Champion of Yes.

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Tell us what matters most to you. Change the future of arthritis.

By taking part in the Live Yes! INSIGHTS assessment, you’ll be among those changing lives today and changing the future of arthritis, for yourself and for 54 million others. And all it takes is just 10 minutes.

Your shared experiences will help:

- Lead to more effective treatments and outcomes
- Develop programs to meet the needs of you and your community
- Shape a powerful agenda that fights for you

Now is the time to make your voice count, for yourself and the entire arthritis community. 

Currently this program is for the adult arthritis community.  Since the needs of the juvenile arthritis (JA) community are unique, we are currently working with experts to develop a customized experience for JA families. 

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By sharing your experience, you’re showing decision-makers the realities of living with arthritis, paving the way for change. You’re helping break down barriers to care, inform research and create resources that make a difference in people’s lives, including your own.

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Meet Our Partners

As a partner, you will help the Arthritis Foundation provide life-changing resources, science, advocacy and community connections for people with arthritis, the nations leading cause of disability. Join us today and help lead the way as a Champion of Yes.

Trailblazer

Our Trailblazers are committed partners ready to lead the way, take action and fight for everyday victories. They contribute $2,000,000 to $2,749,000

Visionary

Our Visionary partners help us plan for a future that includes a cure for arthritis. These inspired and inventive champions have contributed $1,500,00 to $1,999,999.

Pioneer

Our Pioneers are always ready to explore and find new weapons in the fight against arthritis. They contribute $1,000,000 to $1,499,999.

Pacesetter

Our Pacesetters ensure that we can chart the course for a cure for those who live with arthritis. They contribute $500,000 to $999,000.

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Our Signature partners make their mark by helping us identify new and meaningful resources for people with arthritis. They contribute $250,000 to $499,999.

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Our Supporting partners are active champions who provide encouragement and assistance to the arthritis community. They contribute $100,000 to $249,999.