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Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Chicago, IL

The new Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago opened in June 2012. This new 23 story facility is located in Chicago's Streeterville community allowing Children’s Memorial to leverage their critically important academic and research partnerships with Northwestern University, Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.


The move to a new location meant that Children’s Memorial was able to build a hospital of 1.25 million square feet as opposed to the current hospital of 699,000 square feet. The new facility opened with 288 family-friendly single-patient rooms with capacity to expand to 313 licensed beds. Each room is estimated to be 290 square feet. This more than doubled the space available for each bed in the previous facility's semi-private rooms. The size of the rooms allows for more technology at the patient's bedside. The new hospital provides for a 30% increase in faculty growth.


Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership (ZGF); Solomon Cordwell Buenz; and Anderson Mikos Architects Ltd. were selected to design the new, state-of-the-art Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Children's Memorial selected two firms, M.A. Mortenson Company and Power Construction Company, for the construction of the Hospital.




  • Komiske, B. K. (2011). Designing a world-class children’s hospital by engaging a world-class city. Healthcare Design, 11(3), 24–24,26,28,30.                                                                                                             "Thanks to the hospital's location on the medical center campus, right off Chicago's Magnificent Mile in the heart of the city's tourist and shopping district, there was no shortage of individuals and organizations that provided input to the design team of Zimmer Gunsul Frasca LLP, Solomon Cordwell Buenz, and Anderson Mikos Architects as to the exterior design of this iconic building."


  • Krug, S., Bertani, K., & Barton, S. A. (2010). Innovative design solutions: Second floor emergency department? Healthcare Design, 10(8), 14–21.                                                                                                  " The urban site presented a particular challenge for the design team with a fairly small building footprint, leaving a question as to how to best accommodate growing patient volumes in the new hospital's emergency department (ED). Using research, simulation, and meetings with key internal and external stakeholders, the design team developed nontraditional solutions for both the location and patient access to the ED."