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University of Chicago Cancer Research Center

Contact Information

Tel: 773-702-1000
Address: 5841 South Maryland Ave. Chicago, IL 60637

Patient Resources

The University of Chicago Medical Center operates a very extensive Cancer Resource Center. While many medical centers and modern health facilities offer these services the UCMC Cancer Resource Center is one of the few in the country to offer a complete staff of social workers to help you navigate this difficult disease

The social workers are not only trained in counseling those who are battling terminal disease but also are there to help with a great many more logistical services for patients and their families as well. The social worker will assist patients and their families in finding accommodation as well as well as transportation to the regional health care facilities and other physicians they may need to consult with.

The ultimate goal of the social work staff however, is to help the patient process difficult clinical and emotional information. They have access to physicians and other clinical staff and can help the patient understand fully the extent of their illness and how the UCMC staff is going to roadmap a treatment program. The center staff can also assist in finding local cancer management meetings and support groups for the patient and their families.

Driving Directions

From Indiana:

  • Use I-65 N or I-80 W to the Skyway I-90/94 W.
  • Continue westbound on the Skyway, exiting at Stony Island.
  • Continue north on Stony Island and turn left on 60th Street.

From the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-94):

  • Take Exit at Garfield Blvd./55th St.
  • Drive east, following the signs for 55th St. through Washington Park.
  • Crossing over Cottage Grove Ave., the campus is on your right.

From the Northern Suburbs:

  • Use I-90/94 to I-55 North to Lake Shore Drive S.
  • Take Exit at 57th Drive *the Museum of Science and Industry
  • Continue westward and curve around the museum.
  • Take the fourth right onto the Midway Plaisance and continue west to the campus.

From the Western Suburbs:

  • Use the Eisenhower Expressway/I-290 to I-90/94 East.
  • Exit on the I-55 N. Exit and then to Lake Shore Drive S.
  • Exit at 57th Drive *the Museum of Science and Industry
  • Continue westward and curve around the museum.
  • Take the fourth right onto the Midway Plaisance and go west to the campus.

From the Southern Suburbs:

  • Use the Dan Ryan Expressway/I-94 N.
  • Exit at Stony Island Avenue.
  • Continue north on Stony Island to the westbound Midway Plaisance *between 60th and 59th Streets.
  • Turn left onto the Midway Plaisance, and continue westward to campus. *I-57 travelers: Take I-94 east to reach the Stony Island ramp

From the Southwest Suburbs:

  • Use I-55 N. 5 miles to exit 292B, toward Indiana.
  • Take Dan Ryan Expressway exit
  • Continue forward for 0.6 miles.
  • Merge onto I-90 East
  • Use exit number 57B towards W. 55th St./Garfield Blvd.
  • Continue for approximately 1 mile , then turn slightly right onto Morgan Dr.
  • Morgan Drive becomes East 57th Street.
  • Continue down E.57th Street until coming to S. Ellis Ave.
  • Turn right onto S. Ellis Ave. Continue straight through to campus.


Finding a cancer facility that offers the best possible care for your condition is the best way to fight the disease. Unfortunately often these facilities are far away from your home and family. One of the most important things a patient can carry with them in their battle against cancer is the support of their family and caregivers. To this end, the University of Chicago Medical Center has compiled a listing of area hotels that will provide a discount for UCMC patients and their families. Some of the area hotels are listed below. Others can found by contacting Patient and Visitor Information services.

Allerton Crowne Plaza
701 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Chicago City Centre--A Holiday Inn Property
300 E. Ohio Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Club Quarters
75 E. Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
216 E. Ontario Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Homewood Suites by Hilton
40 E. Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

  • Please contact these hotels for specific information regarding rates and room availability.

Last modified: December 24, 2010.