Special Visitors and Friends


StLouisCardinals.jpg Thank you for your interest in the children and families at Children’s Hospital of Illinois. We hope to make the experience enjoyable and memorable for you and our patients.

Please note that holidays are a very busy time for everyone. Requests to visit often require extra time for scheduling, and available times to visit fill quickly. Your patience is appreciated as we attempt to meet the needs of our patients and families, and allow them time to rest and recover.

Special visitor opportunities are available Monday through Friday, and all scheduling details must be completed at least one week before your visit. Child Life Services reviews all requests to make sure they meet our guidelines.

If your group or organization is looking for ideas, check out our suggested gift ideas and wish list.

Arts & Healing Special Visitors (OSF Saint Francis)

Ways to Donate

We have updated our donation list and made a link to Walmart and Amazon for easier access.  This will allow direct delivery to the hospital.  Feel free to share the links with anyone who would like to donate.

We greatly appreciate any and all help. These items will help provide comfort and distraction as well as provide a positive hospital experience for patients all year round. Thank you for your help. 

Walmart Registry

Note: Click the link above, or go to  Walmart.com/registry or sign in to your own Walmart.com: under registries & lists click on Events: type in Child Life Department CHOI, State: IL. 

Amazon Registry

Note: If the Amazon link is not readily available, anyone can find the lists by logging on to Amazon , click on Account & Lists, then Find List/Registry, under Your Friends: type in CHOI Child Life Department

Suggested Gift Ideas for Our Patients

lullaby CDs teethers onesies
rattles blankets music/light up toys
crib mirrors mobiles vibrating toys
no-scratch mittens baby socks baby oil


stickers building blocks socks
crayons/markers coloring books bubble tumblers (no spill)
sound books cars/trucks stacking toys
hair detangler dolls  


School Age
stickers washable markers craft kits(i.e. beads, foam art, etc)
velvet art pictures dolls (not cloth) music CDs
play-do (small size) watercolor paints plain white T-shirts (all sizes)
hair accessories, jewelry nail polish socks
temporary tattoos window markers slippers
remote control cars pajama pants Legos
Super hero figures    


blank books (journals) photo albums nail polish
hair accessories jewelry lip gloss/makeup
craft kits, beads plain white T-shirts (all sizes) plain white socks
model magic stationery hand held mirrors
colored pencils magazines slippers
puffy paints (for fabric) pajama pants shampoo/conditioner
i-tune/app store gift cards store/restaurant gift cards  

Wish List for the Activity Room

  • Infant crib toys with light/music/mirrors
  • Infant/Toddler Toys—interactive with lights and/or sound
  • Soothing Sound Machine
  • Card Games—Uno, Skip Bo, decks of regular cards, etc.
  • Board Games—Sorry, Monopoly, Guess Who, Checkers, Memory, Candyland, etc.
  • CD players (Portable to take to rooms)
  • Game Systems—Playstation 2 and 3, X-Box and x-box360, Wii, Nintendo DS
  • Game System extra controllers- Playstation 2 and 3, X-Box and x-box360, Wii, Nintendo DS
  • Video Games—(all games must be non-violent)-- Playstation 2 and 3, X-Box and x-box360, Wii, Nintendo DS
  • DVDs—G, PG, PG 13 rating only please
  • Portable DVD players
  • Party supplies (silly string, confetti, party poppers, party throwers)
  • School supplies (glue, scissors, crayons, markers, watercolor paints, construction paper)
  • Craft items (beads, sand art, door hangers, frames, magnets, foam art, sun catchers, etc.)
  • Treasure Chest items (squirt toys, bouncy balls, jewelry, stickers, tattoos, yo yos, hot wheels, bubbles, clappers, slinky, sunglasses, sticky hands, coin purses, lip gloss)
  • Poster Board, cardstock. Cricut cutting machine supplies, scrapbooking supplies