Mayor Lightfoot and the City Council of the City of Chicago issued a proclamation on May 23, 2022, declaring June 9 Lurie Children’s Day, in celebration of the hospital’s 140-year anniversary of transforming children’s health in Chicago and beyond.
“When Julia Foster Porter originally opened the hospital as an eight-bed cottage in Lincoln Park, it was the first children’s hospital in Illinois,” said Thomas Shanley, MD, President & CEO of Lurie Children’s. “Her vision was to care for sick children irrespective of race, creed and ability to pay. This is the foundation of our current mission, which has evolved beyond exceptional patient care to include groundbreaking research, inspiring education, and relentless advocacy. This mission continues to motivate us each day to achieve excellence in all these domains, so that every child has an opportunity for a healthier future.”
On Lurie Children’s Day, we celebrate the legacy of Lurie Children’s and rally behind the vision of a healthier future for every child. We encourage friends, supporters, patients & families to get involved, share their stories, make a gift, volunteer or fundraise in celebration of all we've accomplished together and what is yet to come.