Where to find rapid, walk-in, and walk-in COVID tests near Chicago – NBC Chicago


With the increase in COVID-19 testing in Illinois, more residents have been looking for convenient ways to receive a coronavirus test in the Chicago area.

The Illinois Department of Public Health provides community testing sites, which are open to all residents regardless of symptoms and do not require an appointment.

Here are the locations in the Chicago area:

2450 N. Farnsworth Avenue.
Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hardwood heights
6959 W. Forest Preserve Rd.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Arlington Heights
Arlington Racecourse; 823 Wilke Road
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

102 W. Water Street
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The University of Illinois shield saliva tests are also open through IDPH to all residents and do not require an appointment. Here’s where to go:

Harper College; 1200 Algonquin Road West
Monday from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Joliet Junior College; 1215 Houbolt Road
Monday and Thursday from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

University of Northeastern Illinois; 3601 West Bryn Mawr Ave.
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Lake County College; 19351 W. Washington St.
Monday and Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Oak forest
Southern suburban college; 16333 South Kilbourn Ave.
Monday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Blue Island
Affordable salvage house; 13811 West
Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Although appointments are not required at the above locations, you can still register for a duration by clicking here and using the agency code: df5brbrj, according to IDPH.

Walgreens also offers free COVID-19 drive-thru testing at various locations in the Chicago area for people ages 3 and older.

Here’s how the process works, according to the company’s website:

  1. Fill out a questionnaire
  2. Choose a place and time for the test
  3. Go there and stay in the vehicle with the window up
  4. Present a confirmation email, valid ID and insurance card or voucher
  5. Take a nasal swab yourself. Patients aged 3-18 will need a parent present while they self-administer the COVID test
  6. View test results on PWNHealth

To see a list of nearby drive-thru locations, click here and search for your zip code.

CVS Pharmacy offers both PCR testing and free rapid result COVID testing in select locations by appointment only. Patients are required to complete a questionnaire beforehand to ensure they are qualified, citing “limited supplies”.

To see if you qualify for a nearby COVID test, click here.

Those who live within the city limits can use the options on the Chicago Department of Public Health website:

  • At home:Some private companies will send tests directly to your home. The following tests have been approved by the FDA. They include: a nasal swab from Pixel by LabCorp, everywell or LetsGetChecked, and saliva options like Vault or Vitagene. “This is not an exhaustive list and the CDPH does not necessarily recommend a particular private company”, one can read on the website of the department.
  • Your health care provider : According to the CRPD, this is the best route for testing “because your health care provider knows your medical history and can provide you with advice that helps you understand exactly what your test result means” .
  • Community health centers: According to the CRPD, there are approximately 165 community health centers throughout Chicago. Find one near you at hrsa.gov. “No patient will be turned away because of their inability to pay. Community health centers provide services regardless of the immigration status of patients and bill for services on a sliding scale,” says the CDPH.
  • Test card:Use the City of Chicago interactive test map to find a test site near you. According to the CRPD, the map is updated frequently, but different testing sites may have different requirements. “We recommend that you call ahead or check online first,” the department says.
  • Chicago City Test Sites:Chicago offers several free community testing sites. To pre-register and make an appointment, click here.
  • Traveler test:PCR testing is available at O’Hare and Midway airports for travelers and airport / CDA employees, but it costs money. The rapid antigen test costs $ 120, with patients receiving the results in about 20 minutes. The PCR test costs $ 145, with results in about 24 to 72 hours. Anyone who takes an airport test will need to show proof of flight (within 72 hours before their flight or five days after) or proof of employment at the airport.


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