I live in suburban Chicago and am active in the Naperville support group. If you live in Chicago itself there are more than one group there and Paul can help you find the right group.
If you live in the city I recommend going to Northwestern Memorial Hospital on the near north side. Contact Dr. Eric Ruderman. I used an older associate who unfortunately died in Jan and started to see Dr. Ruderman. Northwestern has a very good rheumatology department and does world class research particularly on lupus.
There are a number of good doctors in the area depending on what is most convenient for you.
Here are the 3 support groups in the city itself.
East 65th Street-Lake at Michigan
Usually first Thursday of the month: 6:00pm
Contact: LFAI Office: 312-542-0002
Trinity United Church of Christ
400 West 95th Street
3rd Saturday of the month: 2:00pm
Leader: Robertha McNeil: 773-488-2520
St. Matthias Rectory
2310 W. Ainslie, Chicago
2nd Thursday of the Month
Leader: Will Mulchrone:
MCTD (lupus, scleroderma, polymyositis). Diagnosed 2005. Kidney, liver, GI tract, dysphagia, raynauds, Barretts esophagus, quadriplegic in 2005. Recovered and now active in skiing, tai, chi, hiking, golf. Meds: prednisone 2.5mg, imuran 50mg, amlodipine, benazapril, omeprazole, potassium, folic acid, vitamins, maxide and various supplements and vitamins.
Remain optimistic and you can overcome the odds.