Support Groups

All support groups and classes are open to patients, caregivers and their families. Support groups offer people the opportunity to:

  • Share experiences
  • Learn about all aspects of their condition
  • Meet new people
  • Receive support and understanding

The Center's Support Groups are provided free of charge, and always include refreshments. The format of the group includes presentations by guest speakers, as well as open-ended discussions and sharing. Visitors and guests are always welcome.

Parkinson's Disease Support Group

First Tuesday of every month at 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Feinberg Pavilion Conference Center,
251 E. Huron, 3rd floor, Mecklenberg Room
Call 312-503-4397 for more information

Second Saturday every month at 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Mather's More than a Cafe
33 East 83rd Street, Chicago
Call 773-488-2801 for more information

Parkinson Association of Illinois – PAIL

PAIL is the Illinois chapter of the National Parkinson Foundation, Inc. (NPF). PAIL was established in 2006 by a group of concerned and compassionate individuals: people who have been living with Parkinson disease for many years, newly-diagnosed patients, young onset patients, friends and family members of people with Parkinson, and professionals in the medical community.

PAIL's Mission

The Parkinson Association of Illinois (PAIL) is a not for profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by Parkinson disease. Pail’s efforts are dedicated to providing support and education to patients and their families, promoting awareness of Parkinson disease in the community, and raising funds for research.


  • Cindy Horn, President
  • Linda Banczoszek, Vice President
  • Kristen Mercado, Secretary
  • John Mercado, Treasurer
Board Members-at-Large:
  • Kathleen Bettis
  • Mel Nowak
  • Phil Sloan
  • Diane Breslow, MSW
Medical Advisor:
  • Tanya Simuni, MD
PAIL Board Members

PAIL Contact Information

Phone Number: 312/330-1493
Address: P.O. Box 617875-Chicago, IL 60661