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

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

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 24,000 families from across the world over the past 30 years, half of whom have returned to stay at the House many times, totaling almost 223,000 visits.


In 2007, the House was re-located and 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 feel right at home.  


The House is just a short walk or shuttle away from the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital.

House Information
5444 S. Drexel Avenue

Chicago, IL 60615

House Director
Mardelle Gundlach

Ronald McDonald Family Room in Comer Children’s Hospital

Ronald McDonald UofC Family Room (54 of 58)

Our Family Room serves as a haven of respite and hospitality to families whose children are in treatment. Eight sleep rooms are located in the hospital for families of children receiving medical treatment as patients at University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital. 


The sleep rooms offer families individual spaces with a bed, private bath and space for personal belongings as well as laundry facilities, a fridge and coffee station. It provides a home-like atmosphere away from the stress of the hospital, allowing families a moment to rest and rejuvenate, so that they can face the stress of the hospital visit with renewed energy. Priority is given to families of children in critical care who need to be close to their child’s bedside.

Help Us Make Our House a ‘home away from home’

In order to make this House a home, we have set up online gift registries. In the spirit of love, you can help fill the House with all of the items needed to provide comfort and care to the families of hospitalized children who stay with us.  


The House is also always in need of wish list items to help provide a safe, clean, and relaxing environment. Please consider picking up a few items for the House next time you’re shopping or organize a ‘Wish List Drive’ with your organization or office to get others to join you! 

Buy a Brick to Support the House

Buy a custom engraved brick on the pathway to our beautiful House. Two different size options are offered and can be engraved to recognize your family, company, or loved one. Honor someone with a meaningful gift, or express words of comfort or inspiration to the families who stay with us. By purchasing a brick you help families find comfort, care, and a ‘home away from home’.


Brick Pricing

Large Brick – $500
Small Brick – $250 


Contact Mardelle Gundlach with any questions or to purchase your brick and customize your engraved message.

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

Share Your RMHC Story

As a family, volunteer, donor, or supporter, we invite you to share your RMHC story with us. We also invite you to connect with us on Facebook, YouTubeInstagram, and Twitter as we work together in #KeepingFamiliesClose.