Volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House near University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital

Ronald McDonald House near University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital

About Our House

Ronald McDonald House near University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital opened its doors on September 13, 1986 as the second Ronald McDonald House in Chicago.



The staff and volunteers of this 22 bedroom House are proud to have welcomed more than 7,700 families from across the the world over the past 20 years, half of whom have returned to stay at the House many times, totaling almost 15,000 visits.

In 2007, the House was re-located & re-built to better serve its families. Each bedroom has its own private bath, and the House offers parking and ample common areas for families to relax and make themselves at home. It’s just a short walk or shuttle away from University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital.


There are so many ways you can help. From preparing a meal for families staying at one of our Houses, to helping with house work, we rely on the time and talent of our volunteers to reach our goals! No matter how you choose to help, you’re always welcome. Please choose from the options below to complete the volunteer application.


Become a House Volunteer
We’re always looking for help around the House! Become a family ambassador and help check our families into their rooms. Organize an activity like arts & crafts, yoga, or story time! If you like to use your hands, come help us with projects like changing light bulbs or fixing broken items in the house. Our beautiful garden always needs watering, come help us weed, water and plant. We have so many opportunities to help our families. Click the link above to complete the Volunteer Application!


Prepare a Meal for our Families
After a long day at the hospital, many families are in need of a home-cooked meal. Our Meals from the Heart program invites groups of volunteers to plan a menu, purchase the ingredients, and prepare a meal at our House! Click the link above to complete the Meals from the Heart Application.


Bake Up Some Sweet Treats

Fresh baked treats really go a long way toward making this House into a home. In our Cookies from the Heart program small groups of volunteers plan a treat (muffins, cookies, brownies, etc.), provide the ingredients, and prepare the treat here in the House so when the families return they can help themselves.  Usually we ask that you make two to three batches of whatever you decide on.  Click “Bake up some sweet treats” to complete the Cookies from the Heart application.

Please contact Mardelle Gundlach
House Director