Hyatt House and Hyatt Place Chicago Medical/University District Officially Open to Public in Historic Architectural Landmark, Cook County Hospital

September 29, 2020

With significant roots in Chicago dating back to 1857, the wonderfully preserved hospital has been transformed into a 210-suite and guest room Hyatt House and Hyatt Place Chicago Medical/University District

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has announced Hyatt Place and Hyatt House Chicago Medical/University District, the first combined Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotels located in Chicago, has officially opened its doors to the public in the Beaux-Arts classical-style landmark formerly the site of the remarkable 106-year old Cook County Hospital, at 1835 W. Harrison St. on the near west side. The hotels are operated by Aimbridge Hospitality.

“As a history teacher by trade, I’d known of its legacy and restoring this magnificent building in the Illinois Medical District in a manner that truly reflected its legacy quickly rose high on our list of priorities,” said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. “Now filled with hotel rooms, office space, a museum dedicated to the history of Cook County Health and a food hall for all to enjoy, the wonderfully preserved space is now open to thousands of visitors and workers every day and is now an impressive asset to the Illinois Medical District.”

This 342,000 square foot adaptive reuse project is part of a $1 billion multiphase plan spearheaded by Murphy Development Group, Walsh Investors, and MB Real Estate. SOM and Walsh Construction, in a design build collaboration, as well as, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc., and KOO came together to restore the building, which features over 4,000 sq. feet of meeting space, open concept public spaces, a 24-hour fitness center, Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall, 75,000 SF medical offices with Cook County Health, a daycare with Bright Horizons, and a museum paying tribute to the hospital’s legacy.

Located in the epicenter of one of the most robust medical districts in the world, Hyatt Place Chicago Medical/University District and Hyatt House Chicago Medical/University District embodies the sense of rebirth of a true landmark, a resurgence of life and a sense of inclusion in the neighborhood and surrounding communities. Close to many well-known medical institutions including Rush University Medical Center, the Cook County Hospital is the symbolic heart of the Illinois Medical District that consists of over 560 acres of medical facilities and labs, with over 29,000 employees and 50,000 daily visitors. With close proximities to the United Center, Fifth Third Arena – Chicago Blackhawks Community Ice Rink, UIC and Rush University, the hotels serve not only the medical district, but also anyone else traveling in and out of town for upcoming events, leisure and much more. 

“We are beyond thrilled to finally open our doors to the public today,” said General Manager Nilesh Pandey. “This special project has been a long time in the making, and we look forward to everyone seeing how we maintained the beautiful history within the building, while also creating a welcoming and warm space for families visiting loved ones in the medical district, as well as travelers coming from near and far.”

About Hyatt House and Hyatt Place Chicago Medical/University District

Located in the epicenter of one of the most robust medical districts in the world, the Hyatt House and Hyatt Place Chicago Medical/University District, is a beautifully converted hotel, formerly the site of the 106-year old Cook County Hospital, located at 1835 W. Harrison St. on the near west side. With historic roots in Chicago dating back to 1857, this project is now part of a $1 billion multiphase plan led by Murphy Development and Walsh Group to revitalize the abandoned space and its surrounding community, while also conserving and protecting the historical pieces that have been rooted here for over 160 years. The wonderfully preserved hospital has been transformed into a 210-suite and guest room hotel, featuring 4,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, a tribute museum, medical office space, and more. With close proximities to many well-known institutions including UIC and Rush University, the Hyatt House and Hyatt Place Chicago Medical/University District will serve not only the medical district, but also anyone else traveling in and out of town for upcoming conventions, citywide events, leisure and more. 

About Aimbridge Hospitality

Aimbridge Hospitality is the leading, global, third-party hotel management company operating branded full service, select service, luxury hotels, destination resorts, convention centers and lifestyle hotels. Aimbridge merged with Interstate Hotels & Resorts in 2019, and now represents a premium portfolio of more than 1,400 branded and independent properties in 49 states and 20 countries. For more information, please visit www.aimbridgehospitality.com.   

About Murphy Real Estate Services

 Murphy Real Estate Services, LLC generates development opportunities in the multifamily, hospitality and office sectors across the country. Through solid investment strategies and extensive due diligence, the dynamic development team identifies, evaluates and executes projects by combining sound financial modelling, economic analysis and entrepreneurial creativity. Over the last decade, Murphy RES has successfully completed over 2.5 million square feet of new development. Currently, MDG is leading a $1 billion, multi-phase development within the Illinois Medical District, which includes Old Cook County Hospital; developing Michigan State University’s Grand Rapids Innovation Building; and planning the development of two new office towers in downtown Chicago. For more information, visit www.murphyres.com.