Visiting Patients

Main caregivers are welcome to be present throughout the stay. Please note, alcohol and smoking are strictly forbidden on hospital property at all times.

Who is welcome at the bedside at any time?

  • For patients under 18 years old:
    • Parents
    • Legal guardians
    • Other guardian or caregiver the patient lives with
  • For patients 18 years and older, main support individuals are chosen by the patient

How is the main caregiver identified?

A special band, called a “parent band,” given by the patient’s nurse. Always wear this band and show it to the concierge desk as you enter the building or floor.

May visitors spend the night?

Main caregivers may spend the night. A pullout bed is available in many rooms and a rocker reclining chair is available in rooms that do not have a pullout bed.

How long may I really stay?

Be with your child as much as you can — it helps your child feel comfortable and secure. We want you here; you are an important member of your child's healthcare team. Make sure to tell us when you leave and how we can reach you.

May I bring in food and drink for my child?

Ask your child’s nurse before bringing in any food to your child because:

  • Your child may be on a special diet.
  • Your child may be scheduled for a test.

If your nurse says you may bring in food for your child:

  • Do not store leftovers. Food should be eaten or discarded.
  • Do not share food with other patients or staff.

May others visit? What about brothers and sisters?

Yes, visiting hours for others are 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Child visitors (15 years of age or under) must come with an adult and cannot visit a patient in isolation.

How many people may visit at once?

Your nurse will work with you to determine the number of family members or visitors who can safely be present in the room. We want to make sure the patients you're visiting and all of our other patients get the rest needed.

The nurse may limit visiting if there is too much noise for the patient to rest.

Do you ever restrict visitors?

We maintain a safe and calm healing environment for our patients. Any person who acts in a way that could be harmful to patients, other families or staff will be asked to leave.

Visitors who are ill or becoming ill (cough, runny nose, fever, vomiting, diarrhea or rash) or have been recently exposed to a communicable illness should not visit your child. We may need to change our policy and restrict visitors during flu season or if there is a communicable disease outbreak.

Anything else I can do to keep my child healthy?

  • Do not visit your child if you are sick.
  • Ask others who are sick not to visit your child.
  • Wash your hands before you enter the patient’s room and as you leave.
  • Wear a mask if you have a cough or running nose, and please let your child’s nurse know.

It is the policy of Children’s Hospital of Chicago Medical Center not to discriminate with regard to race, color, age, sex, sexual orientationgender identity or expression, disability, religion or national origin in the treatment of patients and their families.