Shirley Ryan AbilityLab - Virtual Tour

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Welcome to the virtual tour of the new Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. Please use this tour to look around this new state of the art facility.

Main Entrance

Main Entrance

Welcome to the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, the world’s first and only translational research hospital. At 1.2 million square feet, it is the largest rehabilitation hospital in the U.S. Our goal: better, faster outcomes for patients.

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Valet & Parking Directions

Guests may use valet service. Staff and other visitors may use the parking entrance off Ontario Street. See more parking information


Carport

The bright carport allows transfer from vehicles into the Ground Floor Lobby — rain or shine.

Ground Floor Lobby

Ground Floor Lobby

Guests are immediately greeted by vibrant, hand-painted graphics as they make their way to visitor elevators that will transport them to our 10th-floor Sky Lobby for check-in.

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Parking Entrance

Parking Entrance

Our covered awning ensures that you're always welcome , no matter the weather. Valets will be happy to park your vehicle.

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Sky Lobby

Sky Lobby

The Sky Lobby is the welcome center and communal hub of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, offering expansive city and lake views, lush outdoor gardens and rich educational resources. Greeters welcome and direct visitors upon arrival.

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Global Patient Services

Our patients hail from nearly 80 countries from around the world. Global Patient Services works with them to coordinate interpreter services, transport and housing. It also offers personalized support for Military and workers’ compensation patients.

The Henry B. Betts LIFE Center

The Henry B. Betts LIFE Center

The LIFE Center is a global resource for patient and family education — in- person and online. It touts an extensive collection of resources and experienced staff.

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Nancy's Garden

Nancy's Garden

Nancy’s Garden is a canopied haven enabling patients and visitors to enjoy fresh air, colorful gardens and wonderful city views.

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Education & Conference Center

Education & Conference Center

Elegant and flexible, the Conference Center accommodates 300, and can be divided into two or three smaller rooms. The Center offers all AV support, furniture options, micro-kitchen and business equipment.

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Academy

The Academy is the external educational arm of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, offering a broad array of accredited in-person courses, hands-on programs and webinars for clinicians.

Ability Garden

Ability Garden

This garden, specially designed for patients, is about movement and progress. Its winding paths offer a compelling invitation to stroll outside … on foot, wheels or prosthetic limbs!

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Chapel

This interfaith space is for quiet reflection. Its curved walls symbolize an embrace and extend into the tranquil gardens beyond.

Gathering Garden

Gathering Garden

The sweeping outdoor Gathering Garden spans the length of the building. Located off the Education & Conference Center, the refreshing spot offers a unique outdoor setting for patients, event receptions and meeting breaks.

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Chapel Meditation Room

Chapel Meditation Room

Interfaith space for quiet reflection with soft light, curved walls and an inspirational art glass window.

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Patient Care Stations

Patient Care Stations

Main Patient Care Stations are clinical hubs centrally located in each of our Innovation Centers, offering a welcoming, secure touch point for patients and their families on medical floors.

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Innovation Centers

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab introduces its revolutionary model of care through five Innovation Centers focused on areas of biomedical science with extraordinary promise: Brain; Spinal Cord; Nerve, Muscle & Bone; Pediatric; and Cancer. Innovation Centers serve as inpatient hubs, featuring patient rooms and communal areas.

Patient Room

Patient Room

242 private patient rooms, each with beautiful lake or urban views, tout state-of-the-art designs and equipment facilitating comfort and care.

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My Station

A wall monitor displays a secure data/entertainment system called My Station, which allows patients to control their room including putting down the shades, watching TV or playing games. It also provides access to the internet as well as educational content and resources from the LIFE Center.


Smart Technology

Smart technology transforms patient rooms into interactive environments, enabling easy access to television, internet, education modules and environmental room controls.


Design Optimized for Patients and Families

More than 1,800 staff and patient feedback hours went into designing our patient rooms. Convertible furniture provides a comfortable sleeping option for families.

Patient Bathroom

Patient Bathroom

Extra-large bathrooms offer the comforts of home and feature fully accessible toilets and showers.

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Patient Showers

Patients have the option to sit, stand or lie down in specially designed showers offering privacy, comfort and convenience.

Vistas

Vistas

Vibrant Vistas are located throughout our Innovation Centers, offering patients and their families a quiet place for respite and reflection.

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HUB

HUB

HUBs are inviting spaces for patients and families to dine, relax or participate in therapeutic recreational activities, hobbies or games.

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Activities of Daily Living Studios

Activities of Daily Living Studios

Studios are used by therapists to help patients regain daily living skills such as cooking, opening cabinets, bathing, doing laundry, etc.

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Café

Café

Accessible throughout, seven stations offer healthy choices and classics including a salad bar, deli and pizza stop. The Café offers flexible seating options for patients, groups and meetings.

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Child Life Playroom

Child Life Playroom

Our Child Life Program uses play to engage and uplift pediatric patients. The Chicago Blackhawks’ champion spirit inspires.

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Pediatric Lab

Pediatric Lab

This kid-customized Lab caters to patients from around the world, allowing children with a range of diagnoses to benefit from the latest technology and best-in-class care. Scaled for smaller bodies and developing minds, the Lab appeals to young imaginations.

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Video: Inside the Pediatric Lab

Therapy disguised as fun

Many of the Lab’s therapeutic breakthrough techniques, devices, equipment and interventions were developed by our experts, and are often cleverly disguised as fun.

Strength and Endurance Lab, Obstacle Course

Strength and Endurance Lab, Obstacle Course

A brainchild of our research team, this specially-designed obstacle course features a combination of surfaces, heights and textures to train the brain as patients recover their ability to walk.

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Cutting-Edge Technologies

Anti-gravity and weight bearing assistive devices enable walking in a safe environment.

Strength and Endurance Lab, Top Floor

Strength and Endurance Lab, Top Floor

One of five applied research and therapeutic spaces, the two-story Strength + Endurance Lab is designed to help patients build stamina and resilience, improving complex motor skills.

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Arms and Hands AbilityLab

Arms and Hands AbilityLab

The Arms + Hands Lab is a robust environment designed for patients and research participants working on recovering and strengthening complex hand and reaching skills — turning a key, picking up a pen, putting on a sweater.

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Legs and Walking Lab

Legs and Walking Lab

In this two-story, interdisciplinary Lab, doctors, researchers and therapists focus on large motor and rhythmic limb functions, enabling patients to regain balance and muscle memory through high-intensity therapies focused on the lower extremities.

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Ability Stairway

We partnered with rigging experts to design the only suspension system of its kind that safely supports patients as they re-learn to climb stairs.

Video: One-of-a-Kind Staircases
Think and Speak AbilityLab

Think and Speak AbilityLab

This Lab combined therapeutic care and scientific application help you recover the building blocks of ability: thinking, reasoning, perception, swallowing, talking & interactions with others.

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Prosthetics and Orthotics Workroom

Prosthetics and Orthotics Workroom

Our prosthetics and orthotics professionals work in close collaboration with your doctors and therapists to ensure that your customized device meets all your needs.

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Center for Bionic Medicine 1

Center for Bionic Medicine 1

The Center focuses on creating clinically viable technologies that advance prosthesis design and control and allow individuals with limb loss to live more independently.

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Center for Bionic Medicine 2

Center for Bionic Medicine 2

Our world-renowned Center for Bionic Medicine continues to make technological breakthroughs that improve the quality of life for individuals with limb loss or other impairments.

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Biologics Lab

Biologics Lab

This laboratory uses tools from molecular biology, cell biology, histology, genetics, experimental and clinical models to translate our understanding of diseases that affect muscles.

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Neurological Outpatient Suite

Neurological Outpatient Suite

Adult outpatients with conditions and injuries affecting the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves undergo intensive therapy and benefit from access to an Activities of Daily Living Studio, treatment rooms and diagnostic radiology.

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Musculoskeletal Medicine Outpatient Suite

Musculoskeletal Medicine Outpatient Suite

Adults outpatients undergo comprehensive therapy for pain and limitation from conditions and injuries affecting movement, such as back pain, arthritis or sports injuries. The Suite includes an Activities of Daily Living Studio, treatment rooms and radiology.

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Aquatic Center

Aquatic Center

Aquatic therapy provides a gravity reduced treatment environment, promoting better outcomes. The Center’s 33’ x 22’ pool is kept at therapeutic temperatures, and includes a high-tech jet system, bench for pediatric patients and wheelchair elevator. A locker room and deck side changing areas add to convenience.

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Minor Procedures Suite

Minor Procedures Suite

Part of Radiology & Imaging, this suite eliminates the need to transfer patients for minor procedures and is down the hall from 8 prep and recovery bays for patient monitoring.

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Radiology and Imaging

Radiology and Imaging

This comprehensive suite offers radiology, MRI, CT scans, fluoroscopy, bone-density imaging, ultrasound and vascular studies, specimen processing and a research lab. Cutting-edge imaging tools rapidly yield defined results and eliminate the need to transfer patients.

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