Old Cook County Hospital Building Gets a $3 Million Preservation Boost
Sep03

Old Cook County Hospital Building Gets a $3 Million Preservation Boost

You can do lots of things with money.  You can help someone in need.  You can buy a cat.  And with enough of it, you can save the old Cook County Hospital Building. The former Cook County Hospital (March 2009) A big step in the direction of saving that structure is coming from the State of Illinois, which has chosen the vacant hospital building to receive three million dollars in tax credits for its rehabilitation. The money comes...

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Old Cook County Hospital Transformation Near, And Yet So Far
Apr11

Old Cook County Hospital Transformation Near, And Yet So Far

Last week the local media outlets that normally fascinate themselves with the intricacies of breaking dumpster fires and exclusive waterskiing squirrels turned their attention to the Old Cook County Hospital. As we’ve been reporting for the last three years, and as they’ve just figured out, there are plans in the works to transform the giant yellow wreck of a building beached along the Eisenhower Expressway into a...

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Second Cook County Hospital Charrette Brings Out Creative Options
Oct09

Second Cook County Hospital Charrette Brings Out Creative Options

Anybody who was nostalgic about the old Cook County Hospital building was neither a doctor nor a patient there. —Dr. John Jay Shannon, CEO of Cook County Health and Hospital System Toward the end of a lively discussion about the future of the old Cook County Hospital on October 7 hosted by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, Dr. John Shannon addressed the audience and spoke on behalf of a doctor who actually worked at the facility 14...

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Lubing Up the Paddles to Give Old Cook County Hospital One Last Jolt
Sep29

Lubing Up the Paddles to Give Old Cook County Hospital One Last Jolt

With October upon us, around the country countless carneys are busy setting up seasonal haunted houses.  And one of the most popular themes is the abandoned hospital.  But Chicago doesn’t need an army of carneys to erect a house of horrors, because the city has its own massive, scary-looking abandoned hospital just a stone’s throw from downtown. But after years of absorbing rain and pigeon droppings, the first baby steps...

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