Illinois Low Vision Support Groups

Alton

Impact Center For Independent Living (CIL) Vision Support Groups
For more information, call Impact at 618.462.1411
Ask for Violet Evans, Rhonda Bargiel, or Kathy Stiles
2735 East Broadway
Alton, IL 62002
TTY: 618.474.5333
Fax: 618.474.5309v 1.888-616-4261
Email
Web Site

Offers a variety of support group settings and serves Bond, Calhoun, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, and Madison counties

Belleville

LINC Vision Support Groups
120 East A Street
Belleville, IL 62220
618.235.9988
Fax: 618.233.3729
Serving Monroe, Randolph, and Saint Clair Counties

Belvidere

The Keen Age Center Vision Support Group
Boone County Council on Aging
2141 Henry Luckow Lane
Belvidere, IL 61008
Voice & TTY: 815.544.9893
Fax: 815.547.7373
1.800.961.5336
Meets first Tuesday 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Email
Web Site

Bloomington

Bloomington Life CIL Vision Support Groups
LIFE Center for Independent Living
2201 Eastland Drive, Suite #1
Bloomington, IL 61704
309.663.5433
Fax: 309.663.7024
1.888.543.3245
Serving Dewitt, Ford, Livingston and McLean Counties
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Bourbonnais/Bradley

Options CIL Low Vision Support Group
22 Heritage Drive, Suite 107
Bourbonnais, IL 60914
815.936.0100
Fax: 815-936-0117
Martin Whalen Office Solutions Conference Room
148 North Kinzie Avenue
Bradley, IL 60915-1742
Meets 2nd Wednesday of January, March, May, July, September, November
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Serving Iroquois and Kankakee Counties
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Chicago

New Visions Workshops - Guild For The Blind
180 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60601
312.236.8569
Email
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Veterans Administration (VA) VIST Program
VIST Coordinator: Email Eric Strong or call 224.610.5429
VIST Coordinator: Email Melinda Dunlap or call 312.569.7531
Jesse Brown VA Medical Center/VA Medical Center
820 South Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612
312.569.6552
Web Site
The Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST) offers Vision Support Groups at Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Centers. Services are for Veterans only.

Chicago Lighthouse Seniors Program
The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
1850 West Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608-1298
312.666.1331
TDD: 312.666.8874
Fax: 312.243.8539
Email
Web Site

Friends in Sight Low Vision Support Group
For more information, call Kathy Bavaro at 773.769.0299 (Mather-Edgewater Senior Outreach)
Edgewater Presbyterian Church
1020 West Bryn Mawr Avenue
Chicago, IL 60660
773.561.4748 (Edgewater Presbyterian Church)
Meets 2nd Monday 10:00 AM
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Nathalie Salmon House Low Vision Support Group
Sponsored by Resurrection Home Healthcare Services
7320 North Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60626
773.262.3308 (Salmon House)
Group meets bi-monthly Fridays 1:00 M to 2:30 PM

Brookdale Senior Living Low Vision Support Group
Sponsored in part by the Guild for the Blind
Brookdale Senior Living
3121 North Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60657
773.404.9800 (Kenwood of Lakeview Community)
312.236.8569 (Guild for the Blind)
Meets 3rd Tuesday 10:00 AM

Chicago Heights

Sights Unlimited Vision Support Group
Chicago Heights Public Library
25 West 15th Street
Chicago Heights, IL 60411
708.754.0323
Meets 1st and 3rd Mondays 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Serves Rich and Bloom Townships

Danville

Veterans Administration (VA) VIST Program
VIST Coordinator: Email Jeff Stroud or call 317.554.5406
VA Illiana Health Care System
1900 East Main Street
Danville, IL 61832
217.554.3000
1.800.320.8387
Fax: 217.554.4552
Web Site
The Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST) offers Vision Support Groups at Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Centers. Services are for Veterans only.

Visually Impaired People Inspiring Others (VIPIO) Support Group
For more information, call Beverly Hill at 217.442.4139
Danville Public Library Meeting Room
307 North Vermilion Street
Danville, IL 61832
217.477.5220 (Danville Public Library)
Meets 2nd and 4th Monday

Decatur

SAIL Vision Support Group
Sponsored by Soyland Access to Independent Living (SAIL)
2449 Federal Drive
Decater, IL 62526
Voice/TTY: 217.876.8888
Fax: 217.876.SAIL
Voice/TTY: 1.800.358.8080
Meets 2nd Wednesday 1:30 PM
Web Site

Seeing Our Way
For more information, call Marla Winkleblack at 217.428.8111
Central Christian Church
650 West Williams Street
Decatur, IL 62522
Meets 2nd Wednesday
217.428.4336 (Central Christian Church)

Deerfield

LIGHTS Low Vision Support Group
Sponsored by the Lions Club
For location and more information, call Kathy Curtis at 847.549.0765
Meets 3rd Thursday 6:30 PM
Deerfield, IL

East Peoria

Sight Center Vision Support Group
111 West Washington St, Suite 410
East Peoria, IL 61611
309.698.4001

Galesburg

Macular Degeneration Support Group
For more information, call the Rev. Marilyn Anell 309.342.3197
First United Methodist Church
120 North Kellogg Street
Meets 2nd Thursday 10:00 AM

Glen Ellyn

DuPage CIL Low Vision Support Group
739 Roosevelt Road, Building 8, Suite 109
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
630.469.2300
Fax: 630.469.2606
Meets last Wednesday 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Serving DuPage County
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Glenview

Glenview Senior Center Low Vision Support Group
2400 Chestnut Avenue
Glenview, IL 60026
847.724.4793
Meets 1st Friday 1:00 PM

Grayslake

Library Lane Low Vision Support Group
For more information, call Marjorie Miller at 847.548.8826
Library Lane Senior Residence
50 Library Lane
Grayslake, IL 60030
847.543.4455 (Library Lane)
TTY: 711 or 1.800.526.0844
Fax: 847.223.8041
Meets 3rd Friday 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Email
Web Site

Hines

Veterans Administration (VA) VIST Program
VIST Coordinator: Email Patrick Zeinstra or call 708.202.2351
Edward Hines Jr Medical Center
5000 South 5th Avenue
Hines, IL 60141
708.202.8387
Fax: 708.202.7998
Web Site
The Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST) offers Vision Support Groups at Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Centers. Services are for Veterans only.

Jerseyville

JCH Blind Support Group
Sarah Chapman Room
Jersey Community Hospital
400 Maple Summit Road
Jerseyville, IL 62052
618.498.8450
Meets 3rd Monday at 10:00 AM

Lake Barrington

Barrington Low Vision Support Group
Sponsored by the Barrington Area Council On Aging
For more information, call (Barrington Council on Aging) at (847) 381-5030
Lake Barrington Woods Assisted Living
22320 Classic Court
Lake Barrington, IL 60010
847.842.2087 (Lake Barrington Woods)
Meets 2nd Thursday 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Lake Forest

Lake Forest Senior Center Low Vision Support Group
Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Senior Center
100 East Old Mill Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045
847.234.2209
Meets 2nd Tuesday 10:00 AM

Marion

Veterans Administration (VA) VIST Program
VIST Coordinator: Email Betty Howerton or call 618.997.5311 X=5412
Marion VA Medical Center
2401 West Main Street
Marion, IL 62959
Web Site
The Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST) offers Vision Support Groups at Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Centers. Services are for Veterans only.

Morris

Insights on the Seventh Sense
For more information, call Cathy Connell at 815.634.4074
Sherwood Oaks
1571 Division Street
Morris, IL 60450-1447
815.941.0427 (Sherwood Oaks)
Meets 2nd Tuesday 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Morton Grove

Visually Impaired Motivators
American Legion Memorial Senior Center
6140 Dempster Street
Morton Grove, IL 60053
847.470.5246
Meets 3rd Tuesday 9:45 AM to 11:15 AM

Mundelein

Lake County CIL Support Groups
377 North Seymour Avenue
Mundelein, IL 60060
847.949.4440
Fax: 847.949.4445
Serving Lake County

Northfield

North Shore Senior Center
161 Northfield Road
Northfield, IL 60093
847.784.6000
Email
Web Site

Oak Park

Oak Park Library Low Vision Support Group
834 Lake Street
Oak Park, IL 60301
708.383.8200
Meets last Monday 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Web Site

Oak Park Arms Low Vision Support Group
Oak Park Arms Retirement Community Marco Polo Room
408 South Oak Park Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302
708.386.4040
Meets 1st Friday at 1:00 PM
Email
Web Site

Orland Park

OASIS for the Visually Impaired
Kim & Joe Kuster
Orland Park Church
7500 West Sycamore Drive
Orland Park, IL 60462
708.460.6573
Meets 1st and 3rd Thursdays 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Palos Heights

Palos Heights Low Vision Support Group
For more information, call Carole Peterson 708.389.5779
Good Shephard Lutheran Church
7800 West McCarthy Road
Palos Heights, IL 60463
708.448.4170 (Good Shephard Lutheran Church)
Meets 3rd Tuesday 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Peoria

Veterans Administration (VA) VIST Program
VIST Coordinator: Email Darlene Etter or call 309.497.0790
Bob Michel VA Outpatient Clinic
411 Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Peoria, IL 61605-2400
Fax: 309.497.0796
Web Site
The Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST) offers Vision Support Groups at Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Centers. Services are for Veterans only.

Peoria Area Blind People's Center
For more information, call Mabel V Dusen 309.637.3693
Peoria Area Center
2905 West Garden Street
Peoria, IL 61605
Meets 1st, 3rd, 5th Wednesdays 12:00 PM
Also meets 2nd and 4th Wednesdays 5:00 PM

Quincy, Ursa, Liberty

Low Vision Support Group
For more informtion, call Annabelle Ames at 217.223.6923
Group meets at a different restaurant each time
Quincy, Ursa, Liberty, IL

Rantoul

Prairie Village Vision Loss Support Group
Retirement Community's Activity Room
Prairie Village
200 West International Avenue
Rantoul, IL 61866
217.892.2800 Meets 2nd Friday 9:45 AM
Support and education group for persons with vision loss who are residents of Prairie Village or live in the Rantoul area

Rockford

New Visions Support Groups
Hosted by The Center for Sight and Hearing
8038 McIntosh Lane
Rockford, IL 61107
815.332.6800 (Center for Sight and Hearing
Web Site

Saint Charles

Eyes of the Fox Low Vision Support Groups
Sponsored by Fox Valley Ophthalmology
40W330 La Fox Road
Saint Charles, IL 60175
630.584.9850
Various groups meets at various times and locations
Call for more information
Email
Web Site

Shelbyville

Seeing Our Way-SAIL Vision Support Group
Sponsored by Soyland Access to Independent Living (SAIL)
Shelby County Senior Center
325 East North 9th Street
Shelbyville, IL 62565
217.774.2251 (Shelby County Senior Center)
Meets 2nd Thursday 10:30 AM
Web Site

Skokie

Skokie Low Vision Support Group
For more information, call Mila Fair at 847.676.9006
Smith Activities Center
5120 Galitz Street
Skokie, IL 60077
847.933.8208 (Smith Activities Center)
Meets 2nd Tuesday 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Email
Web Site

Spring Valley

VISIONS Support Group
For more information, call Elnora Piercy at 815.663.2028 or
Mary Burgess at 815.664.1613
First Floor Presentation Room
Saint Margaret's Hospital
600 East First Street
Spring Valley, IL 61362
815.664.1613 (Saint Margaret's Hospital)
Meets 1st and 3rd Thursday 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Sullivan

Seeing Our Way-SAIL Vision Support Group
Sponsored by Soyland Access to Independent Living (SAIL)
Titus Memorial Library
2 West Water Street
Sullivan, IL 61951-1970
217.876.8888
1.800.852.8080 X=22
Meets 2nd Thursday 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Web Site

Urbana

PACE, Inc CIL Low Vision Support Groups
(Persons Assuming Control of their Environment)
1317 East Florida Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
217.344.5433
Fax: 217.344.2414
Serving Champaign, Douglas, Edgar, Piatt, and Vermilion Counties

Waukegan

Park Place Senior Center Low Vision Support Group
414 South Lewis Avenue
Waukegan, Illinois 60085
847.244.9242
Fax: 847. 244.9258
Meets 2nd Tuesday 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Web Site

Winfield

Deicke Center Low Vision Support Group
Spectrios Institute for Low Vision
Conference Rooms 1 and 2
Central DuPage Hospital
25 North Winfield Road
Winfield, IL 60190
630.690.7115 (Deicke Center)
Meets 2nd Sunday 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Email
Web Site