Lurie Children’s Buys Building from American Dental Association

June 05, 2024

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago (Lurie Children’s) closed today on the purchase of the building at 211 East Chicago Avenue from the American Dental Association (ADA). The property is adjacent to the 23-story hospital at 225 East Chicago Avenue and expands the medical campus footprint of Lurie Children’s.

The ADA has called Chicago home for over a century, with 211 East Chicago its headquarters for nearly 60 years. The organization plans to move its headquarters to 401 North Michigan Avenue.

“The ADA is excited to pass the torch of 211 East Chicago’s healthcare legacy to Lurie Children’s,” said Dr. Ray Cohlmia, Executive Director, ADA. “We are proud to continue to be part of the Mag Mile’s history, and more importantly, part of the healthcare landscape in Chicago and beyond.”

211 East Chicago’s proximity to Lurie Children’s main hospital has long been an ideal location for its workforce with many clinical staff offices conveniently located next door to where they provide care. In recent years, Lurie Children’s has been the ADA’s largest tenant. The purchase of 211 East Chicago is a strategic investment and provides the hospital long-term cost savings. Immediate plans for occupancy have not been finalized, but the site will allow the hospital to consolidate office space to expand clinical services to better meet the healthcare needs of children and families. 

“The purchase aligns with Lurie Children’s mission to provide high-quality, accessible healthcare to every child who needs it,” said Kary McIlwain, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Communications Officer. “As we continue to experience strong demand for our services, we plan to expand clinical capacity by moving more administrative offices out of the main hospital to our new building next door. This is an exciting milestone that coincides with the June anniversary of the hospital’s move 12 years ago to the state-of-the art facility we built in Streeterville. Acquiring this adjacent building will help ensure a sustainable and impactful future for our organization and the communities we serve.”

About the ADA

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing 159,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA), published monthly, is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit ADA.org. For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA's consumer website MouthHealthy.org.