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Road closures as Children's Memorial makes move

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

There's just one more day before Children's Memorial Hospital moves to its new home.

The Lincoln Park Hospital is moving downtown to the Ann and Robert Lurie Children's Hospital after Lurie's $100 million donation.

The 23-story hospital is the tallest children's hospital in the world.

Ambulances will be transporting roughly 200 critically sick or injured children starting Saturday at 6 a.m.

Fullerton will be closed from Lincoln to Lake Shore Drive, plus the exit and entrance ramps from Lake Shore Drive are blocked too, as the hospital transports all of the patients.

Parking will be restricted on the following blocks:

  • 500-700 blocks of Fullerton Parkway
  • 2300 block of Orchard Avenue
  • 200-400 blocks of Chicago Avenue
  • 200 block of East Superior Street
  • the north side of 100-200 blocks of East Lake Shore Drive

The closures and parking restrictions will be in effect all day Saturday, June 9. The move is expected to take between 10 and 18 hours and could continue into Sunday if necessary.

The new Lurie Children's Hospital, signs still covered up until it officially opens.

"All the doctors will be there, the emergency department, the ICU, the surgeons. It's a fully functional hospital at 6 am," Rozenfeld said.

Longtime staff members packing up and reminiscing about a hospital that changed so many lives.

"I keep hearing the word bittersweet," Cindy Dietz, Registered Nurse, said "To me, I'm more conflicted. It's very sad, but then again very exciting. So you're fighting those emotions of, it's your last day, but it's a new day tomorrow."

Check out the full list of road closures in the June 8-10 Chicago Weekend What's Up.

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