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The University of Chicago Medicine - Comer Children's Hospital

Where Can I Find. . .?

ATMs are located in the:

  • The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital lobby
  • Center for Care and Discovery first floor east lobby
  • Bernard A. Mitchell Hospital lobby
  • Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine (DCAM) lobby
  • Goldblatt lobby
  • Near the University Bookstore at 58th Street and Ellis Avenue

The chapel is located on the first floor of the hospital and is open 24 hours a day (room 1B). You can find a listing of places and times of worship within the neighborhood in the Family Learning Center or in the chapel. There also are chapels located in the Center for Care and Discovery and Bernard A. Mitchell Hospital.

Internet access is available in each child's room with the exception of the intensive care units (complex intermediate care unit, and neonatal and pediatric ICUs). Computers with Internet access and printers are available in the Family Learning Center.

We provide free, secure, high-speed Internet access for all patients and visitors. This service is automatically provided to patients and by request to all visitors. Patient Internet access is part of the in-room patient entertainment system. Visitors can request Internet access from the Comer Children's pediatric patient liaison. Once the request is completed, visitors can access the Internet via a wired or wireless connection from their own laptop. Learn more about wireless Internet access.

Located on the main floor of the hospital, the Family Learning Center is staffed by health professionals who can assist parents in obtaining information about childhood health and illness. In the center, families also have access to the Internet, videos, books, and brochures.

A children's library is also available in the Family Learning Center. Siblings of hospitalized children are welcome to make use of this library.

There is a state-of-the art athletics center on the University of Chicago campus. You can find information about hours and fees by phone (773) 753-4680.

Family Kitchen

Families may use the family kitchen on the sixth floor of Comer Children's to store and/or cook their own food (room K-686). This kitchen is open 24 hours every day, and is free of charge to families.

Other Areas in and Around the Hospital

Hours of operation and additional details about food court options:

  • Guest Trays: Trays may be purchased from the child's room service menu. Learn more about ordering guest trays.
  • Food Court: Seventh floor Sky Lobby in the Center for Care and Discovery (just north of the Comer Children's entrance) and second floor of the Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine (across the street directly west of Comer Children's).
  • Cafeteria: Basement of Mitchell Hospital, near the "D" elevators. Mitchell is across the street directly south of Comer Children's. Directions between the cafeteria and Comer Children's (PDF).
  • Argo Tea: DCAM lobby
  • Au Bon Pain: First floor of Comer Children's and second floor of the Mitchell Hospital
  • Qdoba Mexican Grill: First floor east lobby in the Center for Care and Discovery
  • Starbucks Café: First floor east lobby in the Center for Care and Discovery and in the University Bookstore building at 58th Street and Ellis Avenue (just east of Comer Children's)
  • Menu Books and Maps to Local Restaurants: Available at the unit reception desk
  • Vending Machines: Vending machines can be found in the lounge on each floor.

Speakers of Languages Other Than English

Upon admission, we will identify patients and families who need translation services. Should you have any questions about this service, please call (773) 702-1807.

Hearing and Visually Impaired

The hospital provides an American Sign Language interpreter and/or TTY machine for hearing impaired patients and families. Documents and materials can be read to the visually impaired and can be taped upon request.

A lactation consultant and room are available to breastfeeding mothers. For more information, please ask your child’s nurse or visit the Family Learning Center on the first floor.

A washer and dryer are located on the second floor of Comer Children's and are available 24 hours every day free of charge to families. Limited laundry supplies are also available free of charge. Ask your nurse for further details.

  • Mailboxes are located at the U.S. Post Office and in the lobby of Mitchell Hospital.
  • Federal Express and United Parcel Service (UPS) drop boxes are located near the U.S. Post Office on 58th Street. Additional FedEx drop boxes are in the Goldblatt Lobby and on the corner of 59th Street and Maryland Avenue. Pickup times vary, but are posted on the drop boxes.
  • There are many other resources in Hyde Park for your shipping needs. Please check the listing in the Family Resource Center.

It is highly recommended that you valet park. Simply leave your car with the attendant in the front of Comer Children's. If you do not wish to valet park, ask the valet attendant to show you where you can self-park. PLEASE NOTE: Finding a parking place in the self-park garage might prove time consuming.

Prepaid parking validation tickets can be purchased at the Parking Office in the garage at 5840 S. Maryland Avenue, Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or at the Valet Cashier's Office on the far east side of the DCAM lobby. These coupons will reduce parking costs if you are returning for multiple visits.

For current parking rates or other questions about parking, please call the Parking Office at (773) 702-4381. Download visitor parking information (PDF).

  • The pharmacy is located on the first floor of the Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine (DCAM) near the lobby area. Pharmacy hours are 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. (773) 834-7002.
  • Patients can request refills online for prescriptions originally filled by the University of Chicago Medicine pharmacy.
  • Walgreen's on Lake Park Avenue at 55th Street is open 24 hours a day. The pharmacy phone number is (773) 667-1177. This pharmacy also accepts Medicaid insurance.

Playtime for a child is an important part of the healing process. Play areas offer safe, fun-filled places of refuge where no medical procedures are performed. All play areas are geared for children of all ages and all abilities.

Play areas can be found in the following locations:

  • The playroom on the first floor
  • The teen room located inside the playroom area
  • Floor 3 within the pre-op and recovery area
  • Floor 4 within the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU)
  • Floors 5 and 6 near the central nurses' station
  • The playground just outside of the central playroom

Brothers, sisters, and cousins are also welcome. Hours of operation may be found at the Family Learning Center, the family lounges, and in the Child Life Department.

In addition, Hyde Park and surrounding neighborhoods have numerous parks, playgrounds and trails within walking and driving distance of Comer Children's.

There is a shower and tub room for families who do not have access to a shower in their child's room. Ask your child's nurse for more information.

  • The hospital offers transportation to several locations on campus as well as to downtown railway stations. Please call (773) 702-6257 for more information.
  • The University of Chicago offers transportation within Hyde Park. Contact (773) 702-3988 for exact routes and schedules.
  • The Chicago Transit Authority has many bus and train routes that service the hospital. Please contact 1-888-YOURCTA for routes and schedules.
  • Metra rail service also has a stop near the hospital on 55th Street at Harper Avenue. Contact 1-800-356-2079 for more information.
  • Cab service is available to the hospital 24 hours a day. You can find a listing of cab companies and their phone numbers in the Family Resource Center.

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