A New Neighbor is Coming to Streeterville

October 19, 2010

An article from the Chicago Chamber of Commerce newsletter about the new Ronald McDonald House coming to Streeterville

A New Neighbor is Coming to Streeterville

In 2012, the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago will provide children access to the finest healthcare treatment available. When the hospital opens, tens of thousands of families will seek vital care for their children in this new world class healthcare facility.

To serve these families, Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana will open a new Ronald McDonald House® – the largest in the world – within blocks of Lurie Children’s at 211 E. Grand Avenue in Streeterville. For parents and families, this new House will be a place of care and comfort including 86 guest rooms, a rooftop healing retreat and a kitchen filled with home-cooked meals, all for a suggested donation of $10 per night.

Designed to be ‘home-away-from-home’, the House will be a welcome place for families to return after a long day at their child’s bedside – a place where they can bond with other families dealing with similar situations. A place where they can find support to be the best advocates and parents they can be for their children.

Due to open in September 2012, this 14 story House built to LEED Certification (Silver) status, will also serve the families of children receiving treatment at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Prentice Women’s Hospital, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana will be seeking many new volunteers to help operate the House and care for the families when it opens in 2012.This non-profit charity relies on the gifts, both big and small, from individuals, foundations, and businesses. The charity has already raised over half of the $30 million needed to build the new House near Lurie Children’s and has a financing commitment from Fifth Third Bank.

Upcoming milestones:

Groundbreaking Ceremony & Post Celebration
211 East Grand Site & Navy Pier McDonald’s
November 9, 2010
Actual Groundbreaking
February 2011
House Completion
July 2012
House Grand Opening
September 2012

The House will provide many volunteer opportunities for Streeterville residents.

If you would like to get involved in this project or receive electronic newsletter updates, please contact Bill Melka at bmelka@rmhccni.org or 630-623-6842.

More information can be found at RonaldHouseChicago.org