Some buildings become neglected. Some become abandoned. And then there’s the former Cook County Hospital, which was neglected, kicked out of the house, mugged, drugged, dumped in an alley, had its shoes stolen, and left for dead behind a Dumpster. But at least it wasn’t torn down.
It’s that last fact which allows us to tell you that you can now spend the night in the 1914 hospital without being a homeless person, a security guard, or a ghost.
Hyatt, the local global hospitality giant, has opened two new hotels inside the formerly derelict 106-year-old building: The Hyatt House Chicago Medical/University District, and Hyatt Place Chicago Medical/University District. Both apparently named by the same guy who thinks “MDRZX770BN” is a good name for a pair of headphones.
The two hotels are part of a billion-dollar multi-phase project to turn the once outstanding Habsburg yellow building into a full-on 13-acre mini-neighborhood called Harrison Square. In addition to the hotels, plans include 25,000 square feet retail space, hundreds of new homes, and even office and residential towers.
A new medical office building opened in 2018, but these hotels are the first results of redeveloping the actual hospital building, which was shuttered in 2002.