City of Chicago Community-Based Testing

Updated as of 10/27/2020


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Before the Test

  • Pre-register at ChicagoCovidTesting.com. If you don’t have an email address, call 312.746.4835.
  • Upload or bring your insurance card or state identification card.*
  • Do not eat or drink anything 20 minutes before the test.
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During the Test

You will swab the inside of your cheecks for 20 seconds, quick and painless.

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After the Test

You will receive an email or a call with your test results in 3 days. If you have not received your test results after 3 days, email support@curativeinc.com or call (312)746-4835. While waiting for test results you should stay home and avoid contact with others.

*If you’re not able to upload your information during the pre-registration process, please bring it to your scheduled appointment. The ability to provide this information in no way affects your access to a COVID-19 test. Information provided is strictly used for CDPH insurance and federal government reimbursement purposes only. If you are uninsured or do not have a state identification card, you can still receive a free COVID-19 test.

Static Testing Sites

 

Testing Site Address Days & Hours Testing Criteria  Type
Maria Saucedo Scholastic Academy

2850 W 24th Blvd, Chicago, IL 60623

Monday-Friday
from 10 am to 4 pm

  • Persons with symptoms

  • Persons with high risk exposure

  • Healthcare workers and first responders

Drive-Thru and Walk-Up

 

Dr. Jorge Prieto Math
and Science Academy

2231 N Central Ave, Chicago, IL 60639 Monday-Friday
from 10 am to 4 pm
Gately Park

744 E 103rd St,
Chicago, IL 60628

Monday/
Wednesday/
Friday
from 10 am to 4 pm

Mobile Testing Sites

 

Date Testing Site Address Hours Type 
10/24/2020 St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church 5443 S Washtenaw Ave, Chicago, IL 60632 10am-4pm Walk/Drive

10/26/2020

UAW

13550 S. Torrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60633

10am-4pm

Drive

10/27/2020

Our Lady of the Snows Parish

4810 S. Leamington, Chicago, IL 60638

12pm-6pm

Walk

10/27/2020

St. Francis de Sales High School

10155 S. Ewing Ave, Chicago, IL 60617

10am-4pm

Walk

10/28/2020

St. Nicholas of Tolentine School

3741 W. 62nd Street, Chicago, IL 60629

10am-4pm

Drive

10/29/2020

Metropolitan Family Services - Midway

3843 W. 63rd St, Chicago, IL 60629

10am-4pm

Walk

10/29/2020

Back of the Yards

1400 W. 47th St, Chicago, IL 60609

10am-4pm

Walk/Drive

10/30/2020

Congressman Rush - Abundant Blessings Church

1316 W. 63rd St, Chicago, IL 60636

10am-4pm

Walk

 

Frequently Asked Questions

You should get tested for COVID-19 if you have symptoms of possible COVID-19, you have been in contact with someone who is ill, you have been in a large gathering or if you have recently traveled to a high-risk area. CDPH community-based testing sites are intended for those most at risk of COVID-19, and not intended for people with no symptoms who are required to be regularly tested for work or travel.

While you wait for your test results you should stay home and avoid contact with others.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you most likely DO currently have an active COVID-19 infection and can give the virus to others. Stay home for 10 days after your symptoms first appeared and at least 24 hours with no fever (without using fever-reducing medications) and improved symptoms, whichever is longer. If at any time you develop severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, seek medical care right away and do not wait for results of your test.

You will also receive a phone call from the city of Chicago’s contact tracers for a phone interview. The call will come from 312-74-COVID (312-742-6843). Please answer this phone call and provide as much detail as possible. Additional information can be found at: chicago.gov/contactracing.

If you test negative for COVID-19, you most likely DO NOT currently have an active COVID-19 infection. However, even with a negative test result, if you have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, been in a high-risk group setting, or traveled to a high-risk area, you must self-quarantine for 14 days. Stay home, check your temperature twice a day and watch for symptoms of COVID-19.

  • If you have health insurance, your insurance carrier will be billed for the cost of the test. By law, the insurance company may not charge you any co-pay, deductible, or any out-of-pocket expense for the test.
  • If you do not have health insurance, the federal government will cover the cost of your test if you upload state identification or driver’s license.
  • If you do not upload insurance information or identification, the City of Chicago will pay for your test.

If you are uninsured or do not have a state identification card, you can still receive a COVID-19 test at no cost to you. During pre-registration you will be asked to upload your insurance card or state identification card. The ability to provide this information in no way affects your access to a COVID-19 test. Information provided is strictly used for CDPH insurance and federal government reimbursement purposes only. If you’re not able to upload your information during the pre-registration process, please bring it to your scheduled appointment. 

Pre-registration is strongly recommended, but not required. Please note that onsite registration may cause longer wait times.

Children (over 1 year old) can be tested. Infants need to see a pediatric doctor. 

Results usually take up to three days. If you provided an email address, be sure to check the email address regularly. Remember, while waiting for your test results you should stay home and avoid contact with others.

If you have not received your test results after 3 days, email support@curativeinc.com or call (312)746-4835. While waiting for test results you should stay home and avoid contact with others.

CDPH Community-Based Testing sites use oral (mouth) swabs, which you administer to yourself. The test is observed by trained personnel. It is a viral test that detects current infection, antibody (or immunity) tests are not available.

Yes, the test is authorized under the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). As of 3/23/2020 we have notified the FDA of our operation and received approval to operate commercial testing.  The test is NOT authorized for at home sample collection. 

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