Hospital Patient Move Means Traffic, Parking Impact In Lincoln Park Saturday
The brand new Lurie Children’s Hospital in Streeterville is finally ready.
Walls are painted, lifesaving medical equipment has been installed, beds are ready, doctors and nurses are waiting.
Now it’s the children’s turn to move.
All day Saturday, Fullerton Ave. will be closed from Lincoln Ave. to Lake Shore Drive to allow ambulances to transport about 200 very ill young patients from old hospital to new.
The move will begin about 6 AM from Children’s Memorial Hospital in Lincoln Park and is expected to take between 10 and 18 hours to complete according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.
Parking on streets surrounding the hospital will restricted for staging all the ambulances necessary for this massive move.
While the 2300 north block of Orchard will be the main staging street in Lincoln Park, other streets around both the old and new hospital will have parking restrictions imposed as well including:
- 500-700 blocks of Fullerton Parkway
- 2300 block of Orchard and Lincoln Avenue
- 200-400 blocks of Chicago Avenue
- 200 block of East Superior Street
- The north side of 100-200 blocks of East Lake Shore Drive
“The City asks Chicagoans for consideration in scheduling events and making travel plans this weekend to assist the hospital in its efforts to efficiently and safely transport these young patients, who require the utmost care as they are moved,” said CDOT Commissioner Gabe Klein.
While CDOT says it is unlikely, if all the patients do not get moved on Saturday, parking restrictions and street closures will continue into Sunday.