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You’re Invited: Celebrate National Health Care Decisions Week In Chicago

Join Us In Creating ‘Living Well’ Murals Across Chicago

What Does Living Well Mean To You?

Mayor Emanuel Starts the Conversation in Chicago, Urging Expression of End of Life Care Plans

‘National Health Care Decisions Day will help the residents of Chicago understand the importance of making their wishes known ahead of time with the hopes that fewer families and health care providers have to struggle with making difficult health care decisions’Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel


To celebrate National Health Care Decisions Week, we’re hosting the creation of site-specific murals in some of the busiest public spaces across Chicago to inspire you to consider your future health care decisions. Come contribute your ideas of living well and watch them become part of a one-of-a-kind mural.

Be a part of the biggest, most high-impact and public National Health Care Decisions Week event ever hosted!

Want a head start? Click here and start talking!


Meet our artists who will give shape to your wishes and hopes! During National Health Care Decisions Week, these graphic gurus will lend life to your future goals. They will paint, draw and design your preferences for living well and help you claim the care you desire at every age and stage of health.

Monday, April 16
James R. Thompson Center Atrium, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (100 W. Randolph St.)
*Live Action Cartoonists

Their mission is to entertain — and educate — you! This multi-member team includes Dr. Alex Thomas, a cartoonist, illustrator, and board-certified pediatric allergist, and Gary Ashwal, a health communication specialist, content producer and creative strategist.

Gary and Alex have been collaborating on creative projects since 2002, when they met at Northwestern University. Read more about them at

Tuesday, April 17
Northwestern University Feinberg Pavilion, 11 a.m. to 1p.m. (251 E. Huron St.)

and Sulzer Regional Library, 3 to 5 p.m. (4455 N. Lincoln Ave.)
*Nancy McCauley “Downtown Doodles”

— Nancy is a “visual practitioner” with 20 years of experience translating ideas into images. Her experience in project management, change management, group facilitation and training position her to communicate information and ideas in an easy to understand manner. You can view her work at

Wednesday, April 18,

— Derail is a Chicago-based freelance storyboard/concept artist who enjoys telling stories. You can view his work at


Watch our artists create a mural as you interact with our BIG QUESTION: What does living well mean to YOU? Your ideas become art!

This experience is one with a ripple effect, so snapshots and video are encouraged — including social media posts! Tweet @LifeMMedia with #LivingWellEOL or tag us on Facebook and Instagram.


During this week, NO ONE should be able to open a newspaper, watch TV or surf the internet without being confronted with the topic of advance care planning.

Advance care decision-making includes much more than advance directives– it’s a process that should focus first on identifying values and goals and discussing them with loved ones.

We’ve seen first-hand how valuable this movement has become. Here’s some of our previous coverage and expert guidance: