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Medical Services

Chicago has no unexpected health dangers and excellent medical facilities.

Emergency Rooms

Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center Big hospital located in Lake View.

Lurie Children's Hospital The city's best for kids.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital Well-respected downtown hospital.

Stroger Cook County Hospital Public hospital serving low-income patients; 2.5 miles west of the Loop.


Walgreens pharmacies are located all around the city. CVS is another local chain with branches throughout town.

There's a convenient Walgreens in the Loop that has a health clinic inside, staffed by a nurse practitioner to treat minor infections, allergies and injuries; no appointment needed.

Before You Go

Recommended Vaccinations

No vaccinations are required for visitors to the USA.

Health Insurance

The cost of health care in the United States can be prohibitively expensive. It is essential to buy health insurance before you travel if your home policy doesn’t cover you for medical expenses abroad.

In Chicago

Tap Water

Tap water is safe to drink in Chicago.