Over the past fifteen years, Chicago has cemented its reputation as a fertility hub in the minds of both international and US citizens alike. Just as San Francisco is home to the tech startup industry, and Los Angeles is known for the movie business, Chicago is becoming synonymous with the fertility industry.
So what factors are at hand here? What has led to the popularity of surrogacy in Chicago? Today we explore the factors responsible for shaping the Windy City into the family-building hub that it is today.
Did you know that Chicago is home to some of the country's leading fertility experts? It’s true. Chicago boasts a sizable number of elite clinics. And although ConceiveAbilities is proud to work with all of our esteemed clinic partners who are scattered throughout the United States, there certainly is something fun about being able to claim so many of these distinguished institutions and professionals as close neighbors.
ConceiveAbilities was started in Chicago, Illinois, in 1996. We don’t want to brag, but it’s no coincidence to us that for over twenty years, ConceiveAbilities has remained at the forefront of helping folks in the Chicago area build their families. And although we now have offices in Houston, Dallas, New York, Irvine, and San Jose, our oldest roots are in Chicago. Along with our dual headquarters in Denver, our Chicago staff continues to provide support to our intended parents, surrogates, and donors near and far.
The state laws in Illinois provide one of the most “surrogacy-friendly” environments in the entirety of the United States. Second perhaps only to California, Illinois is one of the best places for your surrogacy arrangements to play out. Illinois surrogacy laws provide protective and considerate guardrails for the safety and well-being of all involved parties. It is no wonder that people flock to Illinois for their family building.
Unlike some other locations, Chicago seems to have the traveler in mind. With both O’hare and Midway as airport options, travelers can expect plentiful flights at reasonable costs. The direct international flights to Chicago make life a little bit easier for Intended Parents who may be racing to meet their surrogate and baby in the delivery room.
Chicago is lucky to have not only a large number of licensed mental health professionals who specialize explicitly in fertility but also several well-established meetup groups and nonprofits devoted to providing support for those suffering from infertility.
Learn more about the Chicago area peer-led support groups offered through RESOLVE on their website.
Learn more about Shine, a nonprofit organization that supports women through their fertility journey by providing free mentorship, support, and education to empower and promote a proactive approach to fertility and women’s health.
It is worth noting that as part of ConceiveAbilities’ surrogacy program, our Chicago-area surrogates meet up for face-to-face monthly support group meetings, as well as attend annual ConceiveAbilities’ events with their families.
Every year the fertility community comes together for several large industry events and every year, a good percentage of these big events take place in (you guessed it) Chicago. Stay tuned to our In the News and Blog section to find out about any upcoming events about surrogacy, egg donation, parenting, and fertility.
Mark our words, it is only a matter of time before the general public associate the city of Chicago with the surrogacy industry. Soon, associations with “Chicago” will not only include the Magnificent Mile, our devoted sports fans, deep dish pizza, and jazz music, but also folks holding babies.
All Things Conceivable is a blog dedicated to sharing the knowledge and expert opinions of the dedicated team at ConceiveAbilities, a Chicago-based egg donation and surrogacy agency.