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Find the trial that’s right for you

Chicago Research Center (CRC) is an independent research facility that conducts a wide range of clinical studies for leading pharmaceutical and biotechnical companies. We make it easy for you to be part of clinical trials at our research facility in the Portage Park neighborhood of Chicago.

We’re currently enrolling participants for a number of trials and add new studies on a regular basis. Let us know you’re interested and we’ll match you with a current trial, or contact you when we have a study that’s right for you.

Why participate?

Volunteers sign-up for studies for a number of reasons:

  • To help push forward medical advancements and treatments
  • To gain access to promising medications before they are approved by the FDA (Phase II and III trials)
  •  To receive excellent care from physicians

Why Chicago Research Center?

  • The safety and comfort of participants in clinical trials is our main priority.
  • Our modern facility is just 20 minutes east of O’Hare airport in the Portage Park neighborhood.
  • Accessible by public transportation.
  • Free parking available on site.
  • Many trials offer compensation.

What are my rights?

The rights and safety of patients are protected in two important ways:

  • Carefully planned – Any physician awarded a research grant by a pharmaceutical company or the NIH must obtain approval to conduct the study from an Institutional Review Board (IRB). The review board, which is usually composed of physicians and lay people, examines the study’s protocol to ensure the protection of patients’ rights and that participants are not but at risk.
  • Full disclosure – Anyone participating in a clinical trial in the United States signs an informed consent form that details the nature of the study, the risks involved, and what may happen to a patient in the study. The informed consent tells patients that they have a right to leave the study at any time.

Before participating in a clinical trial, it’s a good idea to talk to your physician. You should also make sure you understand the credentials and experience of the individuals and the facility involved in conducting the study.

Other questions to ask:

  • How long will the trial last?
  • Where is the trial being conducted?
  • What treatments will be used and how?
  • What is the main purpose of the trial?
  • How will patient safety be monitored?
  • Are there any risks involved?
  • What are the possible benefits?
  • What are the alternative treatments besides the one being tested in the trial?
  • Who is sponsoring the trial?
  • Do I have to pay for any part of the trial?
  • What happens if I am harmed by the trial?
  • Can I opt to remain on this treatment, even after termination of the trial?
  • Where can you get more information about clinical research?

For more information about clinical research, visit:

Center Watch
Medline Plus