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Children’s Memorial Move Day – June 9th

Jun 6, 2012 by

Children’s Memorial’s Move Day


Children’s Memorial Hospital wishes to share our patient move day plans for Saturday, June 9, 2012 (back up day is Sunday, June 10, 2012) for consideration in scheduling events and other planning and to assist Children’s Memorial in its efforts to safely and efficiently transport medically fragile patients via ambulances from its current hospital in Lincoln Park to its new facility in Streeterville during that weekend.


Children’s Memorial Hospital, currently located in Lincoln Park, is building a new hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, in Streeterville.  On June 9, 2012, as the final stage of the hospital’s transition to its new facility, Children’s Memorial will relocate up to 200 remaining patients in ambulances from the current hospital to the new hospital.

In order to most safely and efficiently transport these patients to the new hospital, the Children’s Memorial Hospital Transition Team has developed a logistics and traffic management plan in coordination with the Chicago Department of Transportation, Office of Emergency Management, Chicago Police Department, Streets & Sanitation and Transportation Management Authority.

Close coordination with the City of Chicago, the surrounding community and neighbors, and nearby institutions, as well as communication of the plan to the general public, are key components of planning a successful transition of patients from the Lincoln Park campus to Lurie Children’s.

Move Planning Specifics

Move date: Saturday, June 9, 2012 starting between 5 – 6 a.m.  Back up date: Sunday, June 10, 2012.

Starting address: Children’s Memorial Hospital, Lincoln and Fullerton Ave.  Ending address: Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, 225 E. Chicago Ave.

Number of patients to move:  Planning for up to 200 critically ill or injured children to be transported utilizing approximately 20-25 ambulances.

Timeframe: Ideally 10-18 hours, but contingency plan anticipates a 48 hour timeframe in case of emergency.

The move plan includes designated routes; identifies measures to control traffic through a combination of roadway closures, dedicated lanes,  restricted parking, informational signs, and police/Traffic Control Aide (TCA) posts; and provides methods to communicate the plan and coordinate with the City of Chicago, the surrounding community, and other stakeholders throughout the process until the move is complete.

Patient Route

This map illustrates the two routes that will be used on June 9. The blue route is for ambulance traffic, and will require a full closure of Fullerton Ave. The green route is for families and moving trucks, and will not require any street closures.
On June 9, 2012 beginning between 5 – 6 a.m., patients will be picked up by an ambulance at Children’s Memorial’s Emergency Department just off Lincoln Avenue near Fullerton and Halsted.  Ambulances will then travel south on Lincoln Avenue, north on Orchard Street, and east on Fullerton Avenue toward Lake Shore Drive to Lurie Children’s.  After delivering a patient, ambulances will leave Lurie Children’s and return to the current hospital to pick up another patient.  Returning ambulances will travel on Lake Shore Drive to Fullerton Avenue, then go south on Orchard Street to an ambulance staging area at the south end of the block to be cleaned, refreshed with supplies, and await to pick up another patient.  The transition of patients is expected to take from 10-18 hours, but Children’s Memorial is planning for 48 hours in case of an emergency.

Fullerton Avenue

Fullerton Ave. will be fully closed from the current hospital to Lake Shore Drive. One lane will be dedicated to east and west ambulance traffic.  There will be public traffic access north and south on Clark, Stockton and Cannon, but controlled by traffic aides and/or the police.

Chicago Avenue

Chicago Ave. will be stripped of parking from Lurie Children’s to Lake Shore Drive.  However, there will not be any closures on Chicago Ave.  Ambulance and public traffic will flow together from Lurie Children’s to Lake Shore Drive.  Police and/or Traffic Control Aides will assist with traffic management.

Family Members

Family members that are not joining patients in the ambulance (limited to one family member per ambulance) will drive south from the parking garage on Lincoln Avenue toward Larrabee Street and follow the designate family route as previously defined. Family members will not return to the Lincoln Park Campus.

Communication to Community

Communication of the plan to the immediate Lincoln Park and Streeterville communities, public officials, community organizations, general public, and media are key components of Children’s Memorial’s planning for a successful transition of patients from its Lincoln Park campus to Lurie Children’s.  Outreach began in early 2011 and will continue throughout the process.

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Reconstruction of Fullerton Parkway Bridge Begins March 19th

Mar 8, 2012 by

The Chicago Department of Transportation is reconstructing the Fullerton Parkway Bridge starting March 19, 2012 and ending in December, 2012. This project has been planned for years, and  was approved by the Plan Commission in May 2011. Traffic will remain open in both directions, but with only one lane each way. We suggest that you plan to take alternate routes.


Community Meeting Regarding Construction and Landscaping


Please join Alderman Smith at a community meeting attended by representatives from CDOT, the Park District, the Lincoln Park Advisory Committee and Friends of the Park. The purpose of the public meeting is to review the plans, discuss ways to minimize the impact on mature trees, and get community input on future landscaping.


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

6:30 pm, South Gallery

the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

 2430 N. Cannon Drive

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Hotel Lincoln is Open | Has Coffee Shop and Rooftop Lounge

Mar 7, 2012 by

The former Lincoln Park Days Inn will reopen March 8 as the Hotel Lincoln, its owners said Monday. A joint venture of Chicago-based hotel investor AJ Capital Partners, Chicago-based developer Centrum Properties and New York-based Angelo Gordon & Co. took control of the 195-room hotel in 2010 after paying $11.4 million for a defaulted loan on the property at 1816 N. Clark St. A rooftop lounge at the hotel will not open until June, according to a press release. Room rates start at $129 during the non-peak season and $179 during peak season, according to the release.   from http://www.chicagobusiness.com/

A coffee shop, Elaine’s Coffee Call, will also open on the 8th and will be located in the hotel lobby.  Food items will be provided by the Boka Restaurant Group.  A rooftop lounge and small plates restaurant will open June 1st and will have spectacular views of the city.  For more details check out this article from RedEye.

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Upcoming Events from Congressman Mike Quigley

Mar 7, 2012 by

In order to continue providing you with useful and timely constituent services, I want to make you aware of several upcoming events occurring in our district over the next two months. If you have any questions regarding these events, please give my office a call.

As always, it is an honor to serve you. My district staff is here to assist with any federal issue you might have, including passports, Medicare, veterans’ benefits and more. Please don’t hesitate to contact our office if there’s anything we can do for you.


Mike Quigley

Quigley & Fritchey Offer Senior Property Tax Bill Assistance

Where: District Office of Congressman Mike Quigley (3742 W. Irving Park Rd.)

When: Friday, March 9th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
According to State law, seniors must re-apply for property tax exemptions every year, and the March 28th deadline is fast approaching. While property taxes are not administered by the federal government, we’re always looking for ways to make government services more accessible to you. Along with our staff, Commissioner Fritchey and Assessor Berrios’ team will also be on hand to assist. Click here for a list of materials to bring.

Law Enforcement Hockey Classic

Where: The Edge Ice Arena (735 E. Jefferson St., Bensenville)

When: Saturday, March 10th from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
I join Team FBI as we take on the Chicago Police Department’s squad in the Law Enforcement Classic. The event supports Honor Flight Chicago’s meaningful work to bring WWII vets to the Washington memorial in their honor. I hope you’ll make it out to support a great cause!

Mental Health Forum on Suicide Prevention

Where: Adler School of Professional Psychology, Community Hall (17 N. Dearborn St.)

When: Wednesday, March 14th from 10:00am to 11:30am 
Suicide rates are the highest they’ve been in 15 years, and suicide is currently the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. Among those who die by suicide, 90% had a treatable psychiatric disorder at time of their death. Join us for a community conversation hosted by our office in conjunction with Congressman Danny K. Davis.

Non-Profit Grants Workshop

Where: Chicago Public Library, Austin-Irving Branch (6100 W. Irving Park Rd.)

When: Wednesday, March 21st from 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Finding sources of funding as a smaller nonprofit in this new environment can often be bewildering, maze-like, and overwhelming. Experts at our grants workshop will share tips and ideas for navigating public and private funding as well as the nuts and bolts of getting your application into shape and into contention for a grant.

Guests include: City of Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture, Illinois Arts Council, Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, and Donors Forum

RSVP required: Please call Lynora or Bob at (773) 267-5926

Congressman Mike Quigley’s Small Business Fair

Where: Chicago Academy (3400 N. Austin Ave.)

When: Friday, April 13th from 9:00am to 12:00pm

Congressman Quigley’s Small Business Fair will provide a one stop shop of government resources to small businesses in the district. The fair will feature two panels (both require an RSVP due to limited seating). One panel will focus on what government programs and resources are available to small businesses. The other panel will feature how and where small businesses can obtain funding.

RSVP required for the panels: Please call Lynora or James at (773) 267-5926

Power of Attorney & Living Will Workshop

Where: The Portage Park Satellite Senior Center (4100 N. Long Ave.)

When: Tuesday, April 17th from 10:00am to 1:00pm

Have questions about Power of Attorney or Living Wills? We are hosting a free workshop for seniors led by The Centers for Disability and Elder Law.

RSVP required: Please call Halina or Eva at (312) 744-9022

Congressman Mike Quigley’s One-Stop Job & Resource Fair

Where: Northeastern Illinois University (5501 N. Kedzie Ave.)

When: Tuesday, April 24th from 10:00am to 1:00pm

Connecting our constituents with employment resources is a top priority for our office. We are hosting a one-stop job fair that will include employers and workforce development agencies to provide you with resources you need to take your next step to a new career. This event is free and open to the public.

Employers: if you are interested in participating, please contact Tim at (773) 267-5926