At Shriners Hospitals for Children, the health and safety of our patients, families, volunteers and staff is our top priority. With the evolving situation regarding COVID-19, we are closely monitoring updates from local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and are actively following their recommendations.

If your child has an upcoming appointment, please contact your local Shriners Hospitals for Children location.

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago visitor information – Updates

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Volunteers are an invaluable part of our philosophy of care. Whether working behind the scenes or interacting with patients, families and staff, every volunteer position is important and provides a genuine service to our hospital and patients. As a volunteer at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago, you will discover a wealth of benefits, including:

  • An opportunity to provide support to patients and their families so their hospital stay can be more pleasant
  • A rewarding experience working with kids and families from diverse cultures
  • Working in an environment that fosters creativity and independence
  • Exposure to a unique health care environment
  • Flexible work hours
  • A sense of satisfaction that comes from giving of yourself to others

Volunteer placement is based on the needs of our hospital, the kind of work you wish to do and the times you are available. We work hard to match your interests and talents with the needs of the hospital so that you will have a meaningful volunteer experience. There are several ways to volunteer.

Hospital volunteers

Here are the requirements for becoming a volunteer:

  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • You must commit to a minimum of three to five hours per month.
  • You must submit to a complete background check, including references and criminal records.  
  • You must have up-to-date vaccinations, including tuberculosis and other infectious diseases.
  • You must attend a comprehensive orientation prior to beginning your volunteer position.

If you would like to apply to become a volunteer, download the Volunteer Application.

If an appropriate volunteer position is available, you will be contacted for an interview and hospital tour. If no appropriate openings are available when your application is received, we will keep your application on file for one year.

If you have questions, please contact volunteer services at 773-622-5400, ext. 5264.

Patient entertainment

The Chicago Shriners Hospital hosts a variety of musical and charitable groups, including musicians, bands and choirs, along with high school, college and professional sports and entertainment figures throughout the year. If you would like to inquire about a performance or visit from your organization or group, please contact Darlene Kelly, director of recreation therapy/child life by email or by phone at 773-385-5426.