We love hearing about the ways our projects are positively shaping experiences, like the ZGF-designed Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and their annual summer camp. For most kids, summer means a break from school, vacation, and attending summer camp with friends, but for the many children who must spend their summer in the hospital, camp isn’t something they get to experience. However, Lurie Children’s School Services has solved this, offering Camp Urban Explorers—a summer camp program for inpatient children and their siblings ages 5-12. Each week the camp has different themes, such as superheroes, music, traveling, technology/STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math), and storytelling, with activities that engage kids both socially and educationally.
The Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago was completed in 2012. The LEED Gold® building integrates pediatric inpatient care; diagnostic and treatment space; clinical support; and logistical, medical office, and clinical operations; and is connected by bridges to the Prentice Women’s Hospital to enable faster transport of critically ill newborns. Each floor features child-friendly designs with unique art and interactive exhibits that celebrate the spirit of Chicago.