Chicago seniors looking for information regarding their Social Security will be pleased to learn that the Chicago Region serves the state, as well as Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. With 221 field offices in the region, you won’t have a problem getting a new card, reporting a lost card, or learning more about Social Security benefits.
The Chicago Region serves six states, runs the field offices, has six Disability Determination Service units, and has Teleservice Centers. According to the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) website, the area services 1.5 million claims per year and over 10 million residents in the region receive Social Security benefits. Over one million SSI checks are processed in the Chicago Region.
The Social Security Administration’s website allows you to locate your local office by entering your zip code. There are 19 offices located in Chicago. A few within the city limits can be found at:
6338 S. Cottage Grove Avenue 3260 W. Fullerton Avenue 5130 W. North Avenue 2416 S. Pulaski Road 9715 South Cottage Grove 600 W. Madison Street 4849 N. Milwaukee Avenue #600 1233 W. Adams Street
Most of these offices are closed between 3PM and 4PM during the week. You can speak with a representative Monday through Friday from 7AM until 7PM toll-free at 1-800-772-1213. Chicago residents needing a TDD line can call 1-800-325-0778. The SSA recommends that you avoid attaching your social security number to an email for security reasons.
Your local office can help you apply for Social Security benefits, replace a lost card, and answer your questions. The offices are staffed with trained federal employees. You should always report a lost card to avoid the problems that can occur in the event of identity theft. You can replace the card by completing an SS-5 form at the office.
Legal name changes need to be done at the office to update your card. You will need to provide the office with documentation showing the name change. This can be a marriage certificate, divorce decree, court order, or Certificate of Naturalization.
If you are receiving Medicaid and/or Medicare, are under the age of 65, and receive Social Security benefits due to a disability, you may be eligible for the Ticket to Work program. The program can help you to return to work or begin a new career. You can call 1-866-968-7842 to see if you qualify.
The Official Social Security website can help you determine what your Social Security benefit will be without having to visit your local Chicago office. You can apply for retirement, apply for a replacement card or print out an application, order a replacement Medicare card, and update your information.
The site features information regarding retirement, disability, Medicare, SSI, and more. By setting up an account, you can find a retirement estimator and calculators for estimating your retirement age, early or late retirement. There is a Survivors Planner available to help surviving spouses make financial decisions.
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