A Message from IMD Executive Director, Dr. Suzet McKinney

McKinney 2015Dear IMD Partners and Friends:

Happy November! It’s hard to believe that summer is over and we are quickly approaching the holiday season. I’d like to update you on the progress of one of our key initiatives. In late September, we announced a Request for Proposals (RFP) for professional real estate and strategic advisory services. The RFP sought to identify highly qualified candidates to help the IMD become an economic engine for Chicago and a global destination for healthcare innovation and medical services. .

Included in the list of desired services is strategic marketing for the nearly 30 acres of IMD land available for development. We must attract the types of businesses that will not only succeed individually, but who will also contribute to the overall IMD ecosystem in a way that benefits all of our partners, stakeholders and community members.

We know that the expertise required to achieve the results we are seeking is specialized and advanced. The time is now for the IMD to put a stake in the ground as a leading health innovation district, so we’re seeking the best and brightest to help us do just that.

The RFP submission deadline was Friday, October 28th. Our staff is working diligently to review the submissions and choose a short list of candidates by November 10th. We will announce our final selection on December 2. This work is critical to achieving our shared goal for the future IMD as a world class Medical District.

Finally, I’d like to wish you, your families and your loved ones a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving.


Suzet McKinney, DrPH, MPH  

IMD Food Truck Ordinance

We recently took a big step toward a key goal in making the IMD a more thriving environment for visitors and employees. Through our work with Alderman Jason Ervin’s office, the ban on food trucks in the District has been lifted! Food trucks can now operate in the IMD at the following three locations:

  1. 2220 W. Campbell Park Drive
  2. 1030 S. Hamilton Avenue
  3. 800 S. Paulina

We’ve already begun outreach to various food truck vendors and organizations to let them know they can come to the District. We’re also in the process of applying for a special events permit, which would allow us to host food truck festivals in the IMD! Stay tuned for more on this topic.

IMD Blue Line Renovation


The CTA has chosen local artist Jason Messinger to create original artwork for the IMD Blue Line renovation project. Mr. Messinger has previously created mural work for the Chicago Public Library and Deloitte Headquarters, in addition to private installations and gallery events. The IMD Blue Line renovation is scheduled for completion in late 2017. To view galleries of Jason Messinger’s art work, click here.

Job Opportunity: UIC College of Nursing


The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Nursing, Department of Biobehavioral Health Science is seeking a candidate for a Visiting Research Specialist (full time or part time). The project is focused on the mechanisms of cognitive impairment in sleep apnea syndrome, using rat model of spontaneous sleep apnea and acute apnea exacerbation. The deadline for application submissions is November 17. For more information or to apply for the position, click here

Vertiport Chicago Fundraiser


On Saturday, November 5, Vertiport Chicago will host a Fight Night Fundraiser to “knock out Multiple Myeloma.” Events for the evening include a comedy show, live boxing matches and an auction. The event will honor CEO Anthony Pontarelli, who is currently fighting Multiple Myeloma. Doors open at 6 PM and the event will begin at 7 PM. All proceeds will go toward the Anthony T. Pontarelli Cancer Treatment fund. To purchase tickets, click here.


Training Opportunity: Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center


On Friday, November 4, the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center will host a training called Internet Safety and Kids with Disabilities: What parents and providers need to know:

Many kids struggle with social interactions and appropriate behavior, and kids with intellectual/developmental disabilities are particularly at-risk online. They may have difficulty reading social cues, determining the accuracy of information, or judging if someone is trustworthy. Because of these social challenges, they may be at a higher risk for bullying, harassment, and victimization when interacting with peers and adults online. To register for the training, click here.

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