It’s not every day that you get to see a hospital building being demolished. Unless you live near Rush University Medical Center, where several came down very recently. Or in Streeterville, where the old Prentice was turned to dust. Or in Prairie Shores where the Michael Reese complex fell.
OK, so Chicago has no shortage of hospital buildings being forcibly removed from existence a piece at a time. But the latest one make the round trip from ashes to ashes and dust to dust is the former Children’s Memorial Hospital in Lincoln Park. As you can see in the photos above and below from Building Up Chicago, the building is being torn asunder at a rapid pace.
In its place will be a new micro-neighborhood by Hines and McCaffery Interests, made up of a pair of 19-story residential towers, five dozen townhomes, and enough retail space to make a brand new shopping cart’s left front wheel uncooperative. Design credit goes to New York’s Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and River North’s Antunovich Associates.