355 East Erie
Chicago, IL 60611
United States


Therapy does not have to be all work and no play. Through Therapeutic Recreation, patients build upon physical skills from other therapies, resume previous recreational interests, learn new ones, and move forward on the path of mental and emotional healing through different leisure activities. These benefits are very important to the recovery process and your whole being because they allow you enjoy the activities you love and just be yourself. You also have the chance to meet new people, many of whom face the same challenges you do. Inpatients and families can explore various fun and therapeutic opportunities through music therapy, art therapy, animal-assisted therapy and recreation activity programming

What makes Therapeutic Recreation at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab unique?

Our therapeutic recreation staff works closely with you and your loved ones to help find activities and events that match your interests and help you meet everyday needs (for example, commuting on the train or safe money handling).

Manager, Therapeutic Recreation

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Michael Wehner


Art Therapist

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Lynne Linkowski


Music Therapist

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William McKenna


Upcoming Events

22Mar 2019

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

City of Tallmadge Recreation Center

NWBA Division I Nationals

29Mar 2019

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Lincolnway Special Recreation Association

Juniors and Women's Division Wheelchair Basketball National Championship

5Apr 2019

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Broadway Armory Park

NWBA Division III National Championship

13Apr 2019

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Metro Chicago Boccia Cup 2019

28Apr 2019

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Tour de Lou

23Jun 2019

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

California Park

Home Wheelchair Softball Tournament

11Jul 2019

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

California Park

2019 Military Sports Camp

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Our Programs

Recreational therapy is designed to improve function and independence, as well as offer a productive & inspirational aspect to the recovery process. Here are just some of the recreational therapy options at AbilityLab.

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