How to get vaccinated in Chicago and Cook County

April 14, 2021

As of April 26, Chicago and Cook County residents 16+ can go to 10 different COVID-19 vaccine sites and get vaccinated without an appointment!  

Chicago residents can walk in to the locations listed below without an appointment and get a COVID-19 vaccine. Click here for more information and hours. You can also call 312-746-4835 or click here to schedule an appointment. 

  • A.A.C.C. @ Gallagher Way Wrigley Field, 1119 West Waveland Ave. 
  • Apostolic Faith Church, 3823 S. Indiana Ave. 
  • Chicago State University, 9501 South King Drive 
  • United Center, 1724 W. Madison Ave. 

Cook County residents can walk in to the locations listed below without an appointment and get a COVID-19 vaccine. You can also call 833-308-1988 or click here to schedule an appointment and get more information. 

  • Tinley Park Convention Center – 18451 Convention Center Drive, Tinley Park, IL 60477 
  • Former Target store – 4647 Promenade Way, Matteson, IL 60443 
  • Triton College – 2000 5th Avenue, River Grove, IL 60171 
  • South Suburban College – 15800 State Street, South Holland, IL 60473 
  • Former Kmart store – 1155 East Oakton Street, Des Plaines, IL 60018 
  • Former HOBO store – 7600 West Roosevelt Road, Forest Park, IL 60130 

There are many ways to get vaccinated in Chicago and Cook County – here are some of the main ones:  

  1. Your primary care provider: Call and see if they are offering vaccines.  
  2. Pharmacies: Walgreens, CVS, Jewel, CostcoMariano’s and Walmart are offering vaccines. Pro tip: download the pharmacy’s app and check throughout the day. Try different ZIP codes – for example, your home and work (or another address that’s a few miles apart) to expand the search.  
  3. (Chicago only): Register at for alerts and keep the browser window open to check during the day for appointments. Sign up at this site for Wrigley Field (open to anyone in Chicago). 
  4. Special Chicago neighborhood initiatives (Chicago only): If you live in the ZIP codes or neighborhoods below, call 312-746-4835 for a list of sites or an appointment, or check with local community-based organizations or elected officials for special codes for appointments. Residents of these communities are mostly Black and Latinx and were hard hit by COVID. They are prioritized for vaccinations.
    • United Center: If you are 65 or older, are an essential worker, or live in these Zip codes you are eligible to be vaccinated at the United Center: 60608, 60609, 60619, 60620, 60621, 60623, 60624, 60628, 60629, 60632, 60636, 60639, 60644, 60649, 60651, 60652, and 60653. Call 312 746-4835. Learn more
    • Chicago State University: Zip Codes 60617, 60619, 60620, 60621, 60628, 60633, 60636, 60643, 60649, 60655, and 60827. Learn more
    • Protect Chicago Plus: If you live in the neighborhoods listed below, you are eligible to be vaccinated through Protect Chicago Plus, the city’s initiative to ensure people in majority-Black and -Latinx communities are able to be vaccinated: Archer Heights, Austin, Back of the Yards, Belmont Cragin, Chicago Lawn, Englewood, Gage Park, Humboldt Park, Little Village, Montclare, North Lawndale, Roseland, South Deering, Washington Heights, and West Englewood. Your best bet is to call 312-746-4835 for a list of vaccine sites or contact your local CBO or elected official (alderman, state rep. or state senator). 
  5. Cook County Department of Public Health (any Cook County resident): Register in advance at You’ll get an email or text alerting you to visit the website at a certain time to try to get an appointment. Available to any Cook County resident (including Chicagoans). You can call the vaccine hotline at 833-308-1988 (M-Fr, 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.). 


  • Anyone in Illinois age 16 and older (including suburban Cook County) is eligible to be vaccinated after Monday, April 12. Anyone over 16 will be eligible in Chicago after Monday, April 19.  

Keep in mind 

  • If you’re able to travel, some counties outside the Chicago area have vaccines. You can learn more here and find sites open to anyone in Illinois here.  
  • The supply of vaccines remains very limited. Don’t let yourself get discouraged. Be patient and persistent. The supply will increase later in April and May.  

Chicago Public Radio developed this comprehensive guide to the various ways to get vaccinated: Where To Get COVID-19 Vaccine In Chicago And Illinois.  

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