UI Health unveils new children’s playroom


The University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System will dedicate a newly renovated playroom for patients.

The kid-friendly space was made possible with support from Starlight Children’s Foundation and a generous donation provided by Northwestern University Dance Marathon. Representatives from Starlight and Dance Marathon will join kids, families and hospital staff to celebrate the new space with a special unveiling ceremony.

The playroom is designed and equipped to stir the imagination, ease stress and assist in healing for kids and teens experiencing long hospital stays or undergoing medical treatments.

The refurbished playroom is enhanced with fresh paint, new lighting and cabinets, comfortable furniture, a state-of-the-art gaming system and audiovisual equipment, a built-in dollhouse, a Lego wall, an area specially designed for infants, and a dishwasher to sanitize toys, among other modern amenities. The upgraded space allows easier access for patients with physical disabilities so they can enjoy the room with their families and other patients.

WHEN:boy playing UNO with a woman

Friday, March 4
1 p.m.


UI Hospital
1740 W. Taylor St.


Children’s Hospital University of Illinois, a hospital within UI Hospital, includes 10 centers of excellence and is comprised of 24 pediatric medical-surgical beds, 12 pediatric intensive care beds, 10 pediatric step-down beds, and a 55-bed neonatal intensive care unit. Learn more about UI Health.

Starlight Children’s Foundation partners with experts to improve the quality of life and health for children and families around the world. Starlight funds critical needs expressed by more than 600 community partners including hospitals, specialty clinics and camps, respite houses and hospices in the United States and Puerto Rico that collectively support more than 27 million visits every year. Starlight supports children and families in 11 countries and territories in a growing global network. Learn more about Starlight.