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CHICAGO — Whether you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, have been exposed to someone with a confirmed case or just want to check if you have the virus, there are many places where you can get a coronavirus test in the Chicago area.

Testing sites operated by government entities like the State of Illinois often offer tests free of charge to anyone who needs them, while centers run by companies and other independent operators may charge for their services. Some require a telehealth appointment prior to testing.

This list is regularly updated by WGN-TV, but a complete and up-to-the-date listing of providers compiled by the State of Illinois is available on their website. Information on where to find testing sites in Indiana is also available online.

Free testing at community-based sites run by the State of Illinois

Anyone can get a free COVID-19 test at Community-Based Testing Sites run by the State of Illinois, with no symptoms, insurance or doctor referral necessary.

Most sites are open daily for drive-thru service while supplies last, depending on weather conditions. Walk-up testing is also available at select locations as well. Additional testing is also available at the state’s mobile testing sites, which are subject to change.

Northeast Illinois / Chicago Area

Arlington Heights Community-Based Testing Site
Arlington Racetrack, 2000 W Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights
Open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Auburn Gresham Community-Based Testing Site
Foreman Mills Shopping Center, 122 W. 79th Street, Chicago
Open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Aurora Community-Based Testing Site
2450 N. Farnsworth Ave.
Open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Harwood Heights Community-Based Testing Site
6959 W. Forest Preserve Rd., Harwood Heights
Open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Joliet Mobile Testing Site
Joliet Junior College, 1215 Houbolt Road
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily, while supplies last

Kankakee Mobile Testing Site
Kankakee County Health Department, 2390 West Station Street
Open 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily, while supplies last

South Holland Community-Based Testing Site
South Suburban College, 15800 State St., South Holland
Open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Waukegan Community-Based Testing Site
102 W. Water Street, Waukegan
Open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., walk-up service available

Northwest Illinois

Belvidere Mobile Testing Site
Boone County Administration Building, 1212 Logan Ave., Belvidere
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily, while supplies last

Rockford Community-Based Testing Site
1601 Parkview Avenue, Rockford
Open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Central Illinois

Bloomington Community-based Testing Site
1106 Interstate Drive, Bloomington
Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; *Walk-up service available as well

Champaign Community-Based Testing Site
Market Place Shopping Ctr., 2000 N. Neil Street, Champaign
Open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Jerseyville Mobile Testing Site
Jersey County Health Department, 1307 State Hwy 109, Jerseyville
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily while supplies last

Peoria Civic Center Community-Based Testing Site
Fulton Street Parking Lot, Peoria
Open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., walk-up testing available

Southern Illinois

East St. Louis Community-Based Testing Site
Jackie Joyner Kersee Ctr., Argonne Drive, East St. Louis
Open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., walk-up testing available

Salem Mobile Testing Site
Marion County Fairgrounds, 1800 Fairgrounds Rd., Salem
9 a.m. -5 p.m. daily while supplies last

Metropolis Mobile Testing Site
Southern Seven Health Department, 1230 Commercial Park Rd., Metropolis
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily while supplies last

Free testing sites operated by the City of Chicago in partnership with CORE

Free oral COVID-19 tests (not the nasal swab) are available for all Chicago residents, regardless of citizenship or ability to pay, at several community-based and mobile testing sites across the city.

Tests are meant for those “most at risk of COVID-19,” including those who are exhibiting symptoms, who are at high risk of exposure and healthcare workers and first responders. Individuals considered “high risk” for exposure include those who have been in contact with someone who is ill, has been in a large gathering, or recently traveled to a high-risk area.

The City suggests pre-registering for the test online (or by calling 312-746-4835), bringing an insurance card (although insurance is not required) and says people should not eat or drink for 20 minutes prior to the test. Results are shared via email or call within three days.

Static locations include:

Maria Saucedo Scholastic Academy, 2850 W 24th Blvd.
Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Drive-Thru and Walk-Up available

Dr. Jorge Prieto Math and Science Academy, 2231 N Central Ave
Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Drive-Thru and Walk-Up available

Gately Park, 744 E 103rd St,
Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 10 am to 4 pm
Drive-Thru and Walk-Up available

Mobile Testing Sites (Walk-up service):

  • Parroquia San Juan Bautista, 4555 S Kedzie Ave., 10 am – 4 pm
  • West Lawn Park, 4240 W 66th St., 10 am – 4 pm
  • Galewood Community United Church of Christ, 1776 N Narragansett Ave., 10 am – 4 pm
  • Metropolitan Family Services Midway, 3843 W 63rd St., 10 am – 4 pm
  • Marquette Park, 6720 S Kedzie Ave., 10 am – 4 pm
  • Parroquia San Juan Bautista, 4555 S Kedzie Ave., 12 pm – 6 pm
  • Esfuerzo Latinoamericano, 2435 W. Division St., 11 am – 5 pm

Other testing sites

Hospitals with testing

Edward-Elmhurst Health Corporate Center
4201 Winfield Rd
Warrenville, IL 60555
(331) 221-8000

Loretto Hospital
645 S. Central Ave.
Chicago, IL 60644
(773) 626-4300
Both drive-up and walk-in testing is available

NorthShore University HealthSystem
9650 Gross Point Road
Skokie, IL 60076
(847) 663-8050

Northwestern Memorial Hospital
251 E Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 926-2000

Roseland Community Hospital – drive-thru testing available
45 W 111th St.
Chicago, Illinois 60628
(773) 995-3000

Rush Oak Park Hospital
520 S. Maple Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60304.
(708) 383-9300.

Rush University Medical Center (Testing staff only)
1653 W Congress Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60612
(888) 352-RUSH (7874)

Saint Anthony Hospital
2875 W. 19th St., Chicago

Sinai Health System
1500 S. Fairfield Ave., Chicago

University of Chicago Medical Center
5841 S Maryland Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 702-1000

The University of Chicago Medicine – Orland Park
14290 South La Grange Road
Orland Park, IL 60462
Curbside COVID-19 for adults 18 and older, by appointment beginning May 12.

Testing sites with multiple locations

CVS Health Testing sites are available at select CVS Pharmacy drive-thru locations. All of these locations will utilize self-swab tests. Find a location here.

Aunt Martha’s Health and Wellness has started offering drive-thru COVID-19 testing at six of its Illinois locations. It’s recommended to call ahead before arriving on site for a test: 877-692-8686. For more information and to find a location near you, click here.

AYYU Clinics in Chicago has scheduled appointments available. More information here.

Midwest Express Clinics in Chicago, its suburbs and northwest Indiana are also offering limited testing for high-risk patients, healthcare workers and first responders. Find a location here.

Simple Laboratories has a few locations in Chicago and the suburbs that are offering COVID-19 tests for patients with symptoms. Find a location here.

Physicians Immediate Care is offering the Abbott ID NOW COVID-19 test, which provides results in 5 minutes or 15 minutes for a negative result. These tests are available at 34 Illinois clinics. Find one here.

Some are appointment only, drive-thru testing available – make an appointment here


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