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Chicago Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium
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Location Chicago, Illinois, United States
Coordinates 41°59′17″N 87°43′28″W / 41.988024947336235°N 87.7243112262291°W / 41.988024947336235; -87.7243112262291
Hospital type Specialist
Beds 950
Speciality Sanatorium
Closed 1970s

The Chicago Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium was located in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Founded in 1915, it was a municipal organization which included a sanatorium, dispensaries, and other auxiliary agencies essential in the control of tuberculosis. The sanitarium was the largest municipal sanitarium in the country and had a capacity of 950 beds.


It occupied a 0.5 miles (0.80 km) square in the extreme northwest section of the city, at the corner of North Pulaski Road (formerly Crawford Avenue) and Bryn Mawr Avenue. There was a special service entrance at Peterson Avenue. The work of improving the grounds was done under the direction of O. C. Simonds & Company, Landscape Gardeners. A broad stretch of ground was reserved for farming and gardening.

The grounds were divided into two sections: the south section reserved for the cottages for ambulant women patients; the north section, for men. East of the Administration building were the dining halls, one for men patients and another for women patients. Nearby were a group of Infirmary buildings with a capacity of about 300 beds. The power house and laundry building were at the extreme eastern point. The "Open Air Cottages" for ambulant men and women patients formed two separate groups of buildings. Of the initial 28 cottages, 20 were for adults and 8 for children with the total capacity of about 380 beds. An additional 12 cottages were added at a later time, increasing the number of beds for ambulant cases to 650. The Nurses' Building, the garage, farmhouse and barns were located elsewhere on the grounds.

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