5721 S Maryland Ave, Chicago, IL 60637
University of Chicago Medicine / Comer Children’s Hospital
SMP Group Design Associates
The University of Chicago Medicine engaged site to restore new life to an existing outdoor playground attached to the Comer Children’s Hospital. The redesigned 5,000 square foot ‘play garden’ provides a safe, inclusive, and imaginative place of refuge. Here play can be discovered in many forms beyond just physical. Elements of music, nature, and art among others are thoughtfully integrated into an eccentric garden of a Dr. Seuss vision. Various shapes, sizes, textures, and out-of-the-ordinary plants and flowers help make this a colorful, vibrant, and altogether special space for patients and family.