City of Chicago Community-Based Testing

Updated as of 1/21/2021

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Before the Test

  • Pre-register at If you don’t have an email address, call 888.702.9042.
  • 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

  • Expect a long wait. Wait times are longer than normal, including for those who have pre-registered.
  • Prepare for cold weather and dress to stay warm while waiting.
  • The test is quick and painless. You will swab the inside of your cheeks for 20 seconds.
  • Swabs are tested by Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) methods.
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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 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
Douglass Park

Drive Thru: 15th Place and California

Walk up: 18th Street and California

from 10 am to 4 pm

  • Persons with symptoms

  • Persons with high risk exposure

  • Healthcare workers and first responders

Drive-Thru and Walk-Up

Prosser Career Academy

2148 N. Long Ave. 
Chicago, IL 60639

from 10 am to 4 pm

Gately Park

744 E 103rd St.
Chicago, IL 60628
from 10 am to 4 pm
Midway Airport Parking Lot B

5738 W. 55th St. 
Chicago, IL 60638

Tuesday/Thursday from noon to 6 pm

Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm

Mobile Testing Sites


Date Testing Site Address Hours Type 


Mansueto High School 

2911 W 47th St, Chicago, IL 60632

10am-4pm Walk


UAW Hall

13550 S. Torrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60633

 10am-4pm  Walk
1/26/21 Metropolitan Family Services 6422 S Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60629 10am-4pm Walk
1/27/21 First Christian Church 3600 W 79th St, Chicago, IL 60652 10am-4pm Walk
1/28/21  No sites scheduled.      
1/29/21 Mansueto High School  2911 W 47th St, Chicago, IL 60632 10am-4pm Walk