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Advocate to operate Chicago-area Walgreens health clinics

Advocate Health Care is taking over operations of more than 50 neighborhood health clinics in Walgreens stores across the Chicago area. | Getty Images

The largest health system in Illinois is preparing to take over operations of more than 50 neighborhood health clinics inside Walgreens stores across the Chicago area.

Advocate Health Care and Walgreens announced the ownership change in January. A series of kickoff events to mark the new Advocate Clinics at Walgreens are planned for Wednesday.

The 56 clinics cover eight counties: Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will.

Patients at the walk-in clinics can receive physicals, vaccinations and travel immunizations, as well as treatment for common injuries and illnesses. Care is provided by nurse practitioners and medical assistants.