Pillar Clinical Research – Chicago office is based on the north side of Chicago. Pillar Chicago has outpatient, a 7 bed inpatient research unit, access to a traditional inpatient psychiatric unit, to allow for its Phase 1-4 capabilities. The site is strategically located to serve the city & suburban areas of Chicago.

Thank you for being a hero! Your participation in research gives hope to countless individuals living with mental illnesses.

Below, you will find several nonprofit organizations in your area where you and your loved ones can find support and information.

Pillar – Chicago Local Nonprofit Services & Resources:

Canine Therapy Corps, Inc. empowers and motivates individuals to improve their physical and psychological health and well being by harnessing the human-animal bond; provides goal-directed, interactive animal-assisted therapy services free of charge using volunteers and certified therapy dogs; and advances animal-assisted interventions through research and collaboration.


Canine Therapy Corps
3918 West Fullerton Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60647
Phone: 773-404-6467

Care for Real distributes free, fresh, nutritious food to neighbors in need six days a week through locations in Edgewater and Rogers Park. Chicago residents in need of food assistance are welcome to visit one Care for Real pantry once per week.

Edgewater Hours: 

  • Monday 4-7pm
  • Wednesday & Friday: 9am-12pm
  • Saturday: 9am-1pm

Rogers Park Hours: 

  • Morse Ave. Tuesday 12-2pm
  • Ashland Ave. Thursday 4-6pm

Care for Real
Edgewater Location:
5339 N. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, IL 60640

Rogers Park Locations:
1545 W. Morse Ave.
Chicago, IL 60626

Drive Thru:
6921 N. Ashland Ave. Parking Lot
Chicago, IL 60626

Email:  info@careforreal.org
Phone: 773.769.6182

Cornerstone Community Outreach has three main programs, and many smaller programs, that are run from our buildings in the Uptown neighborhood on the northside of Chicago. Hanna Shelter serves single mothers with Children, Sylvia Shelter serves intact families of all kinds, and Naomi serves single men and women.

All residents in our programs receive personal case management, referrals, and advocacy from CCO staff and partner agencies. Along with shelter CCO provides meals to residents, a food bag program, and free donated clothing to our residents.


Cornerstone Community Outreach
4628 North Clifton Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: 773-271-8163 extension 0

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) changes lives, saves lives and impacts lives, through education, peer support groups and advocacy for those diagnosed with a mental health illnesses and empowers their family and friends to embrace their independence, advocate for improved services, and to love them for who they are.The local DBSA groups are a chapter of DBSA Alliance, our national organization.  DBSA offers peer-based, wellness-oriented support and empowering services and resources available when people need them, where they need them, and how they need to receive them—online 24/7, in local support groups, in audio and video casts, or in printed materials distributed by DBSA, its chapters, and mental health care facilities across America.DBSA Greater Chicago
6666 N. Western Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60645
Tel: 773-465-3280
Email: wecanhelp@dbsa-gc.org

Evanston, IL
Tel: (847) 831-0287
Email: sawadeedude@yahoo.com

Chicago – Uptown Andersonville, IL
Tel: (773) 497-6053
Email: marjorie.anne.mitchell@gmail.com

Inspiration Corporation works with thousands of Chicagoans affected by barriers such as homelessness and poverty. We meet people where they are in life, helping them achieve their goals by providing social services, job training, housing, and food.

Inspiration Corporation
4554 N. Broadway, Suite 207
Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: (773) 878-0981
Email: info@inspirationcorp.org

Mercy Home for Boys & Girls allows young men and women ages 11-21 come to live in the youth residential program at Mercy Home in pursuit of a different vision for their lives. They seek a way forward from suffering, desperation and poverty. They seek hope, opportunity, and success. In Mercy Home’s care, they are finally able to focus on school, heal from traumas of the past, feel safe and secure in a home, develop self-control, build healthy relationships, lean on others for support, and cultivate responsibility by holding a job. In short, young people come to live with us to realize their full human potential.

Mercy Home for Boys & Girls
1140 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607
(877) 24-START

MHA is a powerful voice for healthy communities throughout the nation and offers information, referrals, and resources for individuals living with any type of mental illness. One of MHA’s services includes online screening, which is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. Mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety, are real, common and treatable. And recovery is possible.

Since 1909, Mental Health America of Illinois (MHAI) has worked to promote mental health, prevent mental illnesses and improve the care and treatment of people suffering from mental and emotional disorders. Our three main focus areas are to educate, to advocate and to inform. As supporters, we know that mental health is vital to overall well-being and that countless people remain silent sufferers to diseases that cannot be seen. This is a battle that we must face as a united front, which is why advocates like YOU are critically important to help make change!

MHA of Illinois
1218 N. Grove Ave
Oak Park, IL 60302
Phone: (312) 368-9070
Email: Becky@mhai.org

MHA of the North Shore
2100 Ridge Ave Ste G204
Evanston, IL 60201-2282
Phone (847) 328-6198

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Your local NAMI Affiliates and volunteer leaders work in communities across the country to raise awareness and provide essential and free education, advocacy, and support group programs.

Since 1979, NAMI Chicago has fought for families and individuals impacted by mental health conditions. We promote community wellness, break down barriers to mental health care and provide support and expertise for families, professionals and individuals in Chicago and beyond.

At NAMI Chicago, we have the courage to believe that healing is possible. We work tirelessly, seven days a week to create a world that prioritizes mental wellness, and to bridge people into the care and support they deserve to live thriving lives of recovery.

NAMI Chicago
1801 W Warner Ave Suite 202
Chicago, IL 60613
Phone: (312) 563-0445
Email: info@namichicago.org

Ravenswood Community Child Care Center is a non-profit child care center that works to provide quality care to children in our community. RC4 opened its doors in September 2002 in order to provide childcare to children of teen parents and additional families in the community. By doing so, many teens have graduated from high school, secured jobs and pursued post-secondary education.

Ravenswood Community Child Care Center
4908 N Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
Phone: (773) 271-4495

Sarah’s Circle’s primary goal is to end homelessness for women in Chicago. We provide services to individuals who identify as female and are 18 years of age or older. Our programs utilize the Housing First model, have no barriers to entry, and use a trauma-informed approach. Across programs, Sarah’s Circle staff use best practices and provide case management and supportive services to help women achieve their goals.

Sarah’s Circle
4838 N Sheridan Rd
Chicago, IL 60640
Program Services Phone: (773) 728-1991 (Questions about accessing services)
Interim Housing Program: (773) 751-7475 (Questions regarding bed availability)

The Bridge Teen Center is an innovative grassroots nonprofit community center that was designed around the interests and needs of teens in the suburbs. Our mission is to provide free programs during after-school and unsupervised hours where students can develop mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually in a safe environment. The vision of The Bridge Teen Center is to provide teens with a place to find hope, purpose, and direction. We serve students in the 7th-12th grade, and also provide ongoing programs and resources to help parents navigate through the teenage years. Because student safety is our primary concern, The Bridge is managed by experienced professionals who are supported by well-trained and pre-screened adult volunteers.

2-6 Tues., Wed., Thurs. (Summer Hours 1-6)
7:30-10:30 Every Other Friday Night

The Bridge
15555 S. 71ST COURT
Email: priscilla@thebridgeteencenter.org

JED does not have boots on the ground in your area, but they do have incredible virtual resources for adolescents and young adults. They also offer educational material.

The Jed Foundation (JED) is a nonprofit that protects emotional health and prevents suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults, giving them the skills and support they need to thrive today…and tomorrow.

The Jed Foundation (JED)
530 7th Avenue, Suite 801
New York, NY 10018
Phone:  212 647 7544
Website: https://jedfoundation.org/mental-health-resource-center/

The Illinois Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention focuses on eliminating the loss of life from suicide through education, research, outreach, and advocacy.

AFSP Illinois
Contact: Angela Cummings, Area Director
Email: illinois@afsp.org
Phone: 312.890.2377

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