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Team Overhauling Former Michael Reese Site Aims for Community Connections

Source: WTTW

After more than a decade of sitting unused, the former Michael Reese Hospital site in Bronzeville on the city’s South Side appears headed for redevelopment.


The hospital, founded in 1881, was one of Chicago’s oldest until its 2009 demolition [...] The first phase of the redevelopment is set to include the ARC Innovation Center, an equity-focused research arm of Israel’s renowned Sheba Medical Center. ARC’s mission is to make health care accessible – and the designers of the Bronzeville Lakefront site say the building will reflect that.

“It frames a literal gateway into the development,” said Mark Nagis of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. “It also frames a gateway toward the Singer Pavilion, which is a historic building we’re choosing to preserve and keep on the site.”

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