Cook County Hospital Adaptive Reuse

Completed in 1914 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Cook County Hospital building is the symbolic heart of the Illinois Medical District, a healthcare innovation community located on Chicago’s West Side. SOM, in collaboration with Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc., is adapting the former hospital to meet the changing needs of the neighborhood, while preserving and restoring its historic architectural features.

As the Illinois Medical District expanded through the 1990s, the hospital was left vacant and ultimately closed in 2002. In 2018, the Civic Health Development Group formed a plan to energize the neighborhood by reestablishing the building as a vibrant, mixed-use, transit-focused development. The 350,000-square-foot adaptive reuse project will feature retail and office space, as well as 210 Hyatt hotel rooms.

The architectural features and materials of the Cook County Hospital building will be carefully restored and preserved, including the original Beaux-Arts style masonry and wood-framed windows. The adaptive reuse design includes a new facade for the unornamented southern face of the hospital. A museum will be established on site to showcase the history of the building.