RUSH today received approval from the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board for a new 60,000-square-foot outpatient center at the former Sears store site at North and Harlem avenues in Chicago on the border of Elmwood Park and Oak Park.
RUSH North and Harlem will significantly expand access to RUSH primary and specialty care for northwest Chicago and suburban patients in near west communities like Oak Park, River Forest and Elmwood Park.
RUSH North and Harlem will offer some of the most sought-after health care services — including nationally ranked specialties like neurology and cardiology. The new center is another example of how RUSH is working to deliver the best care and outcomes across the Chicago area and Northwest Indiana.
“We are thrilled to make RUSH care more convenient for patients and invest in this important way in this growing area,” said Dr. Dino Rumoro, CEO of RUSH Oak Park Hospital. “Not only will it provide benefits to patients in need of care, but it also represents a significant investment by RUSH in jobs, accessibility and health equity. RUSH North and Harlem will bring outstanding patient care to the community, providing patients and communities with convenient access to RUSH’s nationally ranked clinical programs.”
In addition to primary care and neurology and cardiology services, RUSH North and Harlem will offer urgent care services, a full complement of medical and surgical specialties and a complete offering of imaging services.
The state-of-the-art RUSH outpatient clinic will share the site with a new grocery store, as initially envisioned by Tucker Development. A store was a key element for Ald. Chris Taliaferro — whose 29th Ward is home to the location — and neighbors. Details of the grocery are expected to be announced in the near future.
“The community is incredibly excited to see this project moving forward,” Taliaferro said. “This is an opportunity for our ward to bring jobs — but more importantly, this will bring RUSH and their high-quality health care to a neighborhood that is in need of a centrally located facility.”
The three-story RUSH North and Harlem outpatient center will feature:
- Approximately 90 rooms, including exam, consult and procedure rooms.
- Same-day appointments (for certain specialties and primary care), online scheduling, extended and weekend hours, lab and radiology services
- Surface parking with nearly 200 spaces
Construction is expected to begin this fall with an opening in early 2025.