July 2019 Update

As anyone who has experienced a house flood can tell you, reconstruction is often more extensive – and takes much longer – than planned, even with the best construction crew. That has been the case for the Ronald McDonald House near UChicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital, which has been closed and under repair since a pipe burst during the polar vortex in February and caused extensive damage from the third floor to the basement.

While we expect to welcome families back to the House by the beginning of October, families still need a place to stay near their hospitalized children – and we are committed to providing it.

Summer is the busiest time for families of children receiving specialized care and the busiest time at our Houses. Thanks to our dedicated supporters and partners, we have minimized the impact of this construction on families so they can focus on the most important thing – their sick child.

Until the House re-opens, we need your help to continue to provide a place for families to stay for the next six to eight weeks and invite you to support this effort by making a donation below.

You can help today with a gift of $90, which helps cover the hotel costs for one family for one night, a gift of $30, which provides families with a meal together, or any other amount, large or small. Every dollar makes a difference.

Your gift helps up to 22 families each night stay together as construction on the House nears completion. Thank you for your support, and we look forward to welcoming families back under our roof as soon as possible.

In cases where donations exceed what is needed for a specific initiative, we promise to honor your generosity by using your gift where it will have the most impact to support families served by RMHC-CNI. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

February 2019

On February 1, 2019 – Our Ronald McDonald House near UChicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital experienced significant damage to both guest rooms and living spaces because of a pipe burst that permeated all floors when Chicagoland experienced record breaking sub-zero temperatures.

While the damage to the House was extensive, we are incredibly grateful that all families staying at the House were safely relocated to a hotel that evening and that families who have relied on housing to be close to their hospitalized child over the past six months continue to find comfort with our hotel partner, Hyatt Place at University Medical Center.

As damage was assessed and work to repair our House began, we have made every effort to provide some of our services remotely. The House remains closed, but we are hopeful to welcome families back starting in October 2019.

We would like to thank our partners and members of our community who quickly rallied around us, and for the tremendous outpouring of support we have received. Through your donations, letters, and calls asking where help is most needed, we are truly humbled by your generosity. Thanks to you, we will continue to provide as many of our services as possible to keep families comfortable, and most importantly, close to their hospitalized children.

Read the Chicago Tribune story for information about our plan to rebuild and learn how our community can come together to keep families together.