Hello and welcome to the site. I'm sure there are some Chicagoans that will be by soon to say hello too. I'm from Iowa, so a near neighbor at least. Have you been recently diagnosed? I've been diagnosed for 6 years now already! If you have any questions please ask - you've found a great place for information, support and quite possibly some new friends!
I am Jo and i live in the UK, i am 33 and was dx with lupus in may 2004.
I hope that you find some friends here who can help support you, it is great having people around who know and have experienced the same things as you. Having an illness like lupus can feel very lonely when you are dealing with it and you don't have anyone close who can understand.