WBEZ | michael reese hospital http://www.wbez.org/tags/michael-reese-hospital Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Wrecking ball begins final rounds at the old Michael Reese Hospital http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/2011-04-27/wrecking-ball-begins-final-rounds-old-michael-reese-hospital-85718 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-April/2011-04-26/Bey-MichaelReese.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-26/P4263153.jpg" style="width: 496px; height: 372px;" title=""></p><p>Demolition has begun on the former Michael Reese Hospital main building.</p><p>Built in 1907, the building at 29th and Ellis was once the spine of a sprawling 37-acre medical campus where pioneering doctors discovered the links between coronary heart disease and cholesterol; unlocked the mysteries of insulin; made breakthroughs in pathology, neonatalogy, and were responsible for medical miracles too numerous to mention, saving and improving more lives than anybody could dare count. Quality architecture was used to underscore the hospital's mission.</p><p>Virtually the entire campus is gone now; purchased by the city under the hope the site would host the 2016 Olympic Village. Demolition went ahead after the city lost the Olympic bid in 2009, but the 104-year-old building designed by Schmidt Garden &amp; Martin and a modernist pavilion just south of it were to be spared. <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/despite-earlier-prognosis-city-terminate-reese-building">But that changed</a> last November. For now, the Singer Pavilion is all that will remain of the once-mighty hospital--and Singer's use is uncertain.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-26/P4263071.jpg" style="width: 502px; height: 376px;" title=""></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-26/P4263057.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 381px;" title=""></p><p>Nothing last forever; that which is built for today must ultimately yield for tomorrow. Still, it does tug at the heartstrings a bit to see old Reese battered and standing alone against that big sky; its insides laid open and its days numbered. The graceful old hospital that provided so much comfort, help and healing over the decades deserved much better.</p></p> Wed, 27 Apr 2011 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/2011-04-27/wrecking-ball-begins-final-rounds-old-michael-reese-hospital-85718 Daley: Michael Reese site could become a technology park http://www.wbez.org/story/2016-olympics/daley-michael-reese-site-could-become-technology-park <p><p>Chicago Mayor Richard Daley said he's considering options to turn the former Michael Reese hospital site into a technology park.<br /><br />An advisory panel will recommend ways to bring tech-based industries to the site on Chicago's South Side.<br /><br />Daley said the project will extend beyond his mayoral term. He said he hopes to have a plan in place before he leaves office.<br /><br />&quot;We think we can come back in a few months and come up with recommendations and be able to move this for the next mayor as well,&quot; Daley said. &quot;And the idea, having people move this, it isn't just a mayoral thing. It's both a&nbsp; business, the business community, non-for-profit and academic community moving this forward.&quot;</p><p>Daley said a technology park will bring in more money.<br /><br />The city bought the Michael Reese property in 2009. It planned to turn the campus into an Olympic village, but Chicago did not win the 2016 Summer Games.<br /><br />The city has demolished most of the hospital's structure.</p></p> Fri, 17 Dec 2010 12:38:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/2016-olympics/daley-michael-reese-site-could-become-technology-park One month later, Michael Reese still stands. But for how long? http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/one-month-later-michael-reese-still-stands-how-long <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/leebey-michaelreese.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 474px; height: 298px;" title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-December/2010-12-06/_C050027.jpg" /></p><p>A month has passed since the city publicly <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/despite-earlier-prognosis-city-terminate-reese-building">announced it would</a> demolish the old&nbsp;Michael Reese Hospital main building--going back on its promise to preserve the historic structure.</p><p>The bulldozers haven't yet moved in, though. So for now, the 1907 structure just sits there cordoned off under the cold, open sky, surrounded by a 37 acre vastness created by the demolition of every other Reese building but this one, the modernist Singer Pavilion and a concrete parking garage.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="380" width="350" title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-December/2010-12-06/_C050035.jpg" /></p><p>Below the parapet above the main entrance--beauty:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 483px; height: 251px;" title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-December/2010-12-06/_C050040.jpg" /></p><p>You wish for a better end for a building like this---as in, no end at all.</p></p> Tue, 07 Dec 2010 10:34:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/one-month-later-michael-reese-still-stands-how-long