Neighborhood Relations

The relationships we develop with our neighbors are important to our hospital, and we invite our neighbor’s participation in our community engagement efforts. Lurie Children’s is committed to being a good neighbor and is glad for the opportunity to work together to promote a healthy community. To learn more, please contact Ken Labok, Community Relations Manager, at​

Lincoln Park ​​Neighborhood Relations

Initiated in 1990, the Community Relations Committee in Lincoln Park was composed of representatives of Children’s Memorial Hospital management and leaders of local community and business organizations. By addressing issues of common concern, the committee helped our hospital fulfill its mission in a manner that respected the quality of life of our Lincoln Park neighbors. 

The group also spearheaded several neighborhood improvement initiatives through the Community-Wide Forum that addressed community needs. Forum projects included increasing community engagement at Lincoln Park High School, creating a series of events at local elementary schools and providing a year-long series that educated residents about how to live more sustainably. 

Downtown Chicago Ne​ighborhood Relations

On June 9, 2012, Children’s Memorial Hospital moved from Lincoln Park to a new, state-of-the-art facility in downtown Chicago, and became Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. We thank all of our downtown neighbors for warmly welcoming us into the community and for helping us create new partnerships. 

Our community relations program in downtown Chicago encompasses multi-faceted initiatives and includes close cooperation with our institutional campus partners: Northwestern University, Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. We meet regularly with our campus partners, government officials and community leaders, including GNMAA and SOAR, to collaborate on issues of mutual concern. We also meet quarterly with the members of the Lurie Children’s Heliport Review Committee​, a group of community leaders who review the operations of our hospital’s Helicopter Emergency Medical Services.

To further tailor our community relations program to our new community, we initiated an ongoing series of “listen and learn” conversations with local residents. The purpose of this dialogue is to gain insights into how Lurie Children’s can most productively engage with our neighbors and be a contributing partner in improving the quality of life in downtown Chicago. 

Following these productive and informative “listen and learn” sessions, we formed the Lurie Children’s Neighborhood Relations Planning Committee to help us act on the feedback we received. This Committee is comprised of a wide range of hospital leaders who are actively engaged in the community. They will help guide our hospital’s community outreach and ensure that our efforts effectively respond to the community’s interests and needs.

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