UChicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center
rendering of proposed new UChicago Medicine freestanding cancer hospital
An exterior rendering shows the proposed standalone cancer center and hospital, which will be located at East 57th Street between South Maryland and Drexel Avenues.

The University of Chicago Medicine plans to establish Chicago’s first freestanding facility dedicated to cancer care and research. Building a world-class cancer center on the South Side will increase access to advanced care in a part of Chicago that has seen shrinking healthcare resources for many years.

By the Numbers

Size: 575,000 square feet; seven floors, a mechanical penthouse, a lower-level support floor

Construction cost: $815 million

Location: East 57th Street, between South Maryland and South Drexel Avenues

Anticipated annual volume: 200,000 outpatient visits and 5,000 inpatient admissions

Key features: 

  • 80 private beds dedicated to patients with cancer (64 medical-surgical and 16 ICU), with family space to accommodate overnight stays
  • 90 consultation and outpatient exam rooms
  • A rapid assessment/urgent care clinic to protect immunocompromised oncology patients from exposure to other patients
  • Infusion therapy rooms grouped by cancer type to replace an outdated open design
  • Cancer imaging equipment (two MRIs, two CT scanners, two ultrasound units, two procedure rooms with mobile C-arm/fluoroscopy and an X-ray)
  • A breast center that will include screening and diagnostic imaging and biopsy rooms
  • Dedicated clinical trial spaces, for streamlined access to the latest research
  • A center focused on prevention, detection, treatment and survival, offering complementary therapies, stress reduction, community education and well-being support
  • Shell space that can expand vertically and horizontally, providing flexibility for future growth and technology.

Economic impact: More than 500 construction jobs. At least 41% of contract dollars will go to minority-owned and woman-owned firms.

Architect: CannonDesign

Download a fact sheet about the proposed cancer center (PDF)

State approves UChicago Medicine’s $815M plan to build city's first freestanding cancer care and research facility

With inpatient and outpatient services, the 575,000-square-foot building will become the hub of the health system’s efforts to advance cancer care and accelerate the pipeline of scientific discoveries and clinical innovation. The freestanding cancer pavilion — the first of its kind in Chicago — represents one of the largest investments made by the academic health system for patients and the community.
Kunle Odunsi, MD, director of the UChicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center