Helicopters vs. High Rises: Round 63

The ongoing tug-of-war between Children’s Memorial Hospital (225 East Chicago Avenue) and the usual north side NIMBYs will move two steps forward this week.

Potential helicopter approach vectors for the new Children's Memorial Hospital

Potential helicopter approach vectors for the new Children's Memorial Hospital

For those joining this soap opera already in progress, CMH is spending a frightening amount of money building  a new state-of-the-art facility in the Gold Coast to replace its aging property in Lincoln Park.  That building includes a helipad on the roof that will hopefully only be used to fly in very sick children, and not for ferrying hospital execs to golf outings.

On the other side are local condo owners who worry about helicopters making noise, and helicopters crashing into their homes.


Not surprisingly, both sides have experts that support their views.  The public gets a chance to hear from them on Thursday and Friday.

Thursday, it’s the hospital and the Illinois Department of Transportation.  Friday, it’s SORE (Seniors Opposed to Really Everything) and its experts presenting an opposing view.

Both days, the events will be held in room 150 of Northwestern University’s Arthur Rubloff Building at 375 East Chicago Avenue at 4:00pm.

If you want to bone up on the issue, are looking for a non-prescription insomnia remedy, or are truly interested in geostrophic wind vortices and VorTran-M evolution/overwrite strategies, then download IDOT’s report on the helipad here.

Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at chicagoarchitectureinfo@gmail.com.

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