News Room

We officially opened our “blue door” in April 2019 to help improve the health of the community. The center continues to evolve, so please check back here to learn about upcoming events, updates and programs we're offering that could impact you and your family.

In This Together

I hope you are staying well, neighbors!

We all have a part to play in keeping each other healthy during this time. I know it is easy to feel lonely and isolated as we practice social-distancing and it can be hard to get motivated to exercise our bodies and our minds.

That’s why the Blue Door Neighborhood Center® wants to help you get connected and stay fit.

Many of the programming we normally would offer in-person are now available on-line. You can enjoy meditation, join our job club or even learn helpful tips on coping in the era of COVID-19.

Fitness instructor GiGi Tonye’ is also offering live, online classes to replace the very popular fitness sessions she normally teaches in-person at the Blue Door Neighborhood Center. She’s offering Zumba Tuesdays at 6pm and Saturdays at 11am. Yoga is Wednesdays at 6pm and Saturday at 10:15am.

For details on all our classes check out our calendar of events.

And, as always, the programming is free.

Stay Healthy, Stay Home

Sheltering in place in Chicago can be hard – but it is also an opportunity!

Is there anything you’ve wanted to do, but normally find yourself complaining that you, “Just don’t have the time”? Well, no more excuses. Use this “bonus” time to read more, make music, write letters, try healthy recipes or challenge yourself to walk 10,000 steps a day in your house or your yard.

Stay Informed

To learn the latest on COVID-19 in Chicago, please go to the City’s website where there is helpful information on testing, as well as links to resources for food, financial and employment assistance and much more.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the national source of truth on how to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

If you are a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) member, read the latest on how BCBSIL is helping you stay informed about COVID-19 and access the care and coverage you need, including telehealth and pharmacy.

What’s Ahead?

There’s a lot of uncertainty about how long it will take us to overcome this pandemic. At this time, we’re planning on re-opening our doors in accordance with Illinois' shelter in place guidance.  That’s when we’re going to be debuting our new hours, designed to better meet the needs of our visitors:

  • Mon–Thurs: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Fri: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Sat: 10 a.m.  – 2 p.m.
  • Sun: Closed

Until then, stay safe and healthy. 

Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Celebration 

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) officially opened the Blue Door Neighborhood Center in Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood. 9th Ward Alderman Anthony Beale, State Senator Elgie Sims and State Representative Nick Smith joined BCBSIL president Maurice Smith for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration. Many community residents were on hand throughout the day—touring the center, enjoying giveaways, fun activities for the kids, and a live radio broadcast. The center is now open Monday through Saturday, and we encourage everyone to stop by and meet us.

We Broke Ground on Our First-Ever Neighborhood Center

The Blue Door Neighborhood Center construction is one-step closer to reality! On Tuesday, December 4, 2018, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois broke ground on its first-ever community-based center, to be located at the 111th Street Gateway Retail Center in Chicago’s historic Pullman community.

Get in touch with us today!


756 E. 111th St.
Suites 102 & 103
Chicago, IL 60628

Hours of Operation

Mon–Thurs: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Fri: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sat: 10 a.m  – 2 p.m.
Sun: Closed



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