Brain Aneurysm Support Group

Brain Aneurysm Foundation at UIC logo

The University of Illinois Hospital Brain Aneurysm Support Group is part of the Brain Aneurysm Foundation which was founded in 1994, the BAF is a non-profit public charity. The support group involves survivors from throughout the Chicago area, covering the western suburbs, northern Illinois and Indiana. The mission of this group is to provide information, education, encouragement and understanding to survivors and caregivers during the ongoing recovery process and is also aimed at supporting those who lost loved ones to a brain aneurysm.

The support group meetings provide an opportunity for reassurance and personal exchange but also information and education on a variety of topics of interest and many suggested by the attendees. In addition there are 2 social events per year: a fall fundraising event and a summer get together for members, family, and friends.

Brain Aneurysm patients and their family and friends 18 and older are invited to participate in monthly meetings. Please be aware that these meetings are not to provide medical advice but to provide peer support.

The group meets monthly on the last Tuesday of the month at 6 PM but can change due to weather and/or scheduling conflicts.



June 9-10, 2017

The Brainstormers Fundraising event – 6th Annual Relay for Recovery



June 27th

July 25th

August 29th

September 26th

October 31st

November 28th


University of Illinois Hospital
1740 W. Taylor
Main Lobby, Room 1135
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 996-4842

Parking is available at the Wood Street Garage located south of the Outpatient Care Center. (map)


Rita Berendt, NP, email: 

Janet Sutherland, Director, Chicago Chapter of the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, email:





  •  4th Annual Ragnar Relay for Recovery
    June 12-13, 2015
  • “A Walk Around the Park” , Oakbrook, IL
    September 12, 2015

Thank you to everyone who attended The Third Annual “Survivor In the City” benefit! We appreciate the support from our event hosts, Andrea Darlas WGN Radio and Susan Wiencek WTMX/WILV Radio!

Dr Fady Charbel and event hosts

Dr. Fady Charbel and event hosts featured at “Survivor In The City”.

*We have two suburban support groups in our off site locations!

For more information on brain aneurysms please visit the Brain Aneurysm Foundation website: