Chicago Area Blood Banks at Glance

Update: Check out this NEW Blood Donation Chicago Directory

Here is a quick list for anyone that is interested in donating blood just to help out. Chicago is really in need of blood all the time, and especially during the summer months when people don’t donate as much and more accidents happen:

There is a major SHORTAGE of blood right now that could cause some serious problems if something tramatic were to happen knock on wood :)

See this post: Chicagoland Blood Banks Running Low

Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center – Blood Bank
Chicago, IL 60607
(773) 296-7072

American Red Cross Blood Services
310 South Racine Avenue, Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 738-2675

American Red Cross Of Greater Chicago – Headquarters
2200 West Harrison Street, Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 729-6100

Cook County – Hospitals, Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Other Department, Blood Bank
1901 West Harrison Street, Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 864-7470

Interstate Blood Bank Inc
3324 West Lawrence Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 478-2989

4650 West Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60641
(773) 545-7043

100 West Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 553-0223

1523 West Fullerton Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 327-2602

5050 North Cumberland Avenue, Norridge, IL 60706
(708) 452-7000

Lifesource Blood Service
233 East Erie Street, Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 280-4877

Lifesource Blood Services
100 West Randolph Street Ofc 204, Chicago, IL 60601

Lifesource Blood Services
4650 West Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60641
(773) 545-7546

Lifesource Blood Services
233 East Erie Street, Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 280-4581

Lifesource Blood Services
1523 West Fullerton Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 327-4962

Lifesource Blood Services
5050 North Cumberland Avenue, Norridge, IL 60706
(708) 452-5014

Hope this helps in your search for a local blood bank. I’ll be checking out each one of these and reporting on them soon. I just wanted to get everyone a quick list of addresses and numbers.

Biolife of Chicago Area

Biolife of Chicago Area
1455 County Farm Road
De Kalb, IL 60115
(815) 754-5777

Hours of operation:
Monday- Thursday 6:30 AM to 6:30pm
Friday 6:30 -5:30pm
Saturday 8 am to 12 noon
Sunday- closed

What is donated:

What do they do with the plasma?
Plasma is used in the treatment of disorders like hemophilia and other immune system deficiencies, and to make products used to aid with tetanus, rabies, measles, rubella and hepatitis B. If someone suffers from hemophilia, they lack the natural clotting factors that help stop bleeding, so plasma-based products can be used to treat people with this disorder. Plasma derived albumin, used in the treatment of trauma injuries like shock and severe burns, is sold to hospitals and emergency rooms all over the world.

How much does the center pay per donation?
$20 , $50, $20, $50 after that goes to $15 and $30

How often can one donate at the center?
You can donate plasma up to two times in a seven day period.

What tests are performed prior to signing up?
New donors must have a driver’s license social security card or proof of residency. They conduct a brief medical history, and determine if you are in good health. Then they check vitals- temperature, blood pressure, and pulse, and check for iron level and protein level with a finger stick.

How long does a donation take?
On the first visit, the whole process which includes the physical exam and the plasma donation it usually takes about two hours. After that it only takes about an hour and a half per donation.

Are there any upfront costs for the potential donor to enroll in the program (startup costs)?

Opens very early in the mourning

Interstate Blood Bank of Chicago

UPDATE: see all the Interstate Blood Bank here!

Interstate Blood Bank Inc.
3324 West Lawrence Ave.
Chicago, Il. 60625

What is donated:

Hours open:
Monday – Friday 7:30-4
Saturday 7:30-1

Pay per donation:
For the 1st donation you receive $20, the 2nd time- $30, and the same amount for 3rd & 4th donations, however after that varies between $18 and $24 depending upon your weight.

Frequency of donation:
You can donate plasma, because your blood is returned back to you twice in one week, but must wait at least 48 hours between donations.

Test prior to donating:
They do a series of tests: diabetes, hepatitis, HIV, and your hematocrit (the percentage of blood volume occupied by red blood cells) and plasma protein levels will be measured. They also do a vital check- temperature, blood pressure and pulse before each donation. You must bring photo id, social security card, and proof of residency received within last 30 days.

Length of time for donation:
The first donation take 2 and a half to 3 hours, after that it only takes about 2 hours. A whole blood donation is much quicker than a plasma donation as your blood is run thru a machine and then all components that are not donated are returned back to you. Of course tubing and all other collection supplies that come in contact with your blood are discarded and replaced with new, sterile materials each time a donation procedure is performed so there is no chance of contamination and it is completely safe to donate your plasma.

Upfront cost for donor:

History of center:
This center has been open 30 years.

Sadly they do not have any public parking, only meters.

University of Illinois Medical Center

The University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago Hospital has a full time blood donation center.

They are pat of a teaching hospital at the University of Illinois and all blood donated at this center stay in the hospital.

They are located at:

1740 West Taylor St.
Chicago, IL. 60612

What is Donated: The receive Whole blood & platelets.

Open Hours: Monday-Friday 8a.m.7:30 p.m.

Pay Per Donation: $0

Frequency of Donation: You can donate platelets very 56 days. You can donate blood every 72 hours with maximum of 24 in 1 Yr.

Test Prior To Signing up: They do ask that you meet the following requirements: 18 years of age, and weigh at least 110 pounds. You eat a well balanced diet, especially recommended within four hours of donation. You have good health, and feel well on the day of donation.

They have a short medical evaluation test iron levels short physical medical history

Time Length for Donation: Blood 30 – 45 min Platelets 1-2 hrs

Upfront Costs for the Potential Donor?

History of Center: non-profit

Advantages: Actual Patients at the University of Illinois Medical Center receive the blood. A real patient having surgery, being treated for cancer or leukemia, or having an organ transplant gets your donations, not some huge conglomerate that makes money of your generous donation. You are helping real people in your community.

Uniqueness: They have great friendly customers service, they know that this blood is being used by patients in the hospital not being sold to a large corporation, and the Hospital is part of a teaching facility, on a university campus

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  2. Here’s an update to Interstate Blood Bank. Interstate has made changes to it’s payment structure. They now pay you $45.00 on a debit card and you are allowed up to 5 times at this amount. After the 5th time you are then paid $35.00..

    Also, as a first time donor, you have to make sure the name on the driver’s license or state issued ID matches the the Social Security card. For example, Aaron Green Jr on the driver’s license has to have Aaron Green Jr. on the Social Security card. If you don’t have the same name and spelling you will not be able to donate until you get the changes made. However, you can go to your local Social Security office and they can change it to whatever name you have on your driver’s license and give you a printed out copy that you can take back to Interstate either on the same day or the next day. I ran into this very same problem when I went in the first time to donate. Although I called first to find out the details of what I needed to bring as proof of ID, the person I was talking to had a very thick accent and was not clear about this point, so when I got there I had to come back another day with the corrected information.

    Also of note, changing the name on your Social Security card rather than the driver’s license won’t cost you anything. To change your name on the driver’s license I think it will cost you about $8.00 (don’t quote me on this).

    • Thanks for the information on this Aaron. Issues (typos) on proper ID’s can discourage first time donors from donating.

  3. I need to give another important update concerning the amounts that Interstate gives. For the first two visits you are given $45.00. Subsequent visits are $35.00. Sorry for the wrong information given earlier.

  4. Actually, the amount you get paid depends on your weight. I weigh 145 and the pay for me was going to be $35 for the first two visits and $20 after that. I think if you’re 150 pounds or over it’s $45 for the first two and $35 after.

    Unfortunately I got turned down because I failed the iron test — I was a little below their minimum. They told me to eat a lot of iron-rich food and come back in a week.

    They do require a state ID, Social Security card, and a current utility bill with your name and address on it, or an official piece of mail delivered to you. I pay my utility bills online and printed out a bill, and they accepted that.

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  6. I have a question about the plasma donation. I have my State ID, SSN Card, but no utility bill. I live in Extended Stay because I am near my job. With Extended Stay you just pay monthly rent. I do have my Checking account send here. Will Interstate blood center accept that.

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  8. Lifesource does NOT pay for blood donations, yet they still charge hospitals for your blood “donation” because they are a “for profit” company. Give to Red Cross if you’re “donating” your blood, they “re-donate” it to hospitals and do not charge as they are a charity. Just a heads up…

    • Actually, the red cross charges hospitals as well. Any blood center not affliated or within a hospital is charging for that blood. If you want to give blood based on that, go to a hospital donor room like at UIC or U of C. Those blood dontations go directly to their patients.

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