At Shriners Hospitals for Children, the health and safety of our patients, families, volunteers and staff is our top priority. With the evolving situation regarding COVID-19, we are closely monitoring updates from local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and are actively following their recommendations.

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Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago visitor information – Updates

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About us

About us

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, research and outstanding medical education. The Chicago Shriners Hospital focuses on a wide range of pediatric orthopaedic conditions, including rare diseases and syndromes. This means that when you visit Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago for orthopaedic appointments, you might see your neighbors, but you might also meet families visiting from states such as Michigan or Ohio. We also provide expertise in rehabilitation/spinal cord injury and cleft lip and palate care. All services are provided in a family-centered environment, regardless of the families' ability to pay.

UIH logoShriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago is affiliated with University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System. The partnership is a result of the Chicago Shriners Hospital’s efforts to collaborate with leading academic medical centers to help reach more children through leveraging the clinical expertise of each organization. Shriners Hospital has been a training site for UI Health’s orthopaedic residents and other trainees.

Inside Shriners Hospitals for Children each day, patients and families say thank you to the Shriners – those men in the red fezzes. Our model for care was imagined and established by the Shriners, the fraternal organization for which the hospital is named. Determined to give all children access to specialized pediatric care, the Shriners opened their first hospital in 1922. Polio was reaching epidemic proportions and only families of means had ready access to doctors, leaving thousands of children at risk without health care. Shriners Hospitals for Children opened as a place where children suffering from the crippling effects of polio, clubfoot and other orthopaedic conditions could receive life-changing medical care. Recognized as one of the world’s greatest philanthropies, Shriners Hospitals for Children has evolved into an international hospital system recognized for its devotion to transforming the lives of children through specialized care and research. It is a destination of choice for parents whose children have orthopaedic problems, burns, spinal cord injuries, cleft lip and palate, and other complex surgical needs. Care is funded by the Shriners Hospitals for Children Endowment, which is sustained by contributions from all walks of life.

We work with all families regardless of their ability to pay. The hospital does accept many types of insurance, including Medicaid. For more information, or if you have additional questions, please call our financial counselor at 773-385-5450.

Our commitment to the community

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago, like the other U.S. based hospitals in the Shriners Hospitals for Children health care system, reaffirms its commitment to excellence of care through the development of its Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). The CHNA is a requirement for tax-exempt hospitals to engage their servicing community every three years and assess their health needs. Based on the findings, we have developed an action plan to work alongside community stakeholders to address the health needs of the community.