OUR HISTORY

Over 40 Years of Keeping Families Together

For over four decades, Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana (RMHC-CNI) has helped more than 100,000 families stay together with their hospitalized children.

Our first house in Chicago and the world opened in 1977.  Charlie Marino and Ed Baum, MD conceived the idea to open the first Ronald McDonald House in Chicago on Deming Place when Charlie’s daughter Gage was receiving treatment at Children’s Memorial. He saw first-hand the need for housing for families with sick children was critical. To help open the house, they rallied the support of the McDonald’s Operators of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana (MOCNI) and Bill Chunowitz, president at the time, to provide funding and welcome the Morrisey family as its first guests in 1977.

Over the past 40 years, RMHC-CNI programs have grown as the need continues to provide comfort to families of children with complex medical issues. Today, RMHC-CNI has five Houses near Advocate Children’s Hospital, Lurie’s Children’s Hospital, Loyola University Medical Center, Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, and UChicago Medicine Comer’s Children’s Hospital.  Our Ronald McDonald Family Rooms are located within Edward Hospital, Lurie Children’s Hospital, and UChicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital.  In addition, our Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, with Advocate Children Hospital, serves children in under-served areas throughout Chicago.

RMHC-CNI Milestones Through The Years