Family Resources

Here you will find resources, information, and supportive services for housetaff and their families.

 Activities Around Chicago

  • Red Tricycle  connects families with localized points of interest from dining to sightseeing.  Regular segments on parenting and seasonal topics, as well as local family-friendly activities. Use the app to identify specific interests through various filters to connect with a virtual tour guide.
  • Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier houses a treasure trove of fun activities, free admission every first Sunday and every Thursday evening. 
  • Chicago Cultural Center  holds art exhibits and free performances.  The glorious refurbished library alone makes it worth a trip.
  • Chicago Park District  is one of the largest public parks system in the country.  They offer a huge array of summer camps and low-cost classes in a variety of areas, as well as many free family events.  Check their website for park locations and information about seasonal offerings, classes and special programs. 
  • Chicago Public Library  offers family friendly activities, locate library branches and take advantage of the program “Museum Passports” that lets you borrow a free admission pass for 4 to popular museums in the city.
  • Garfield Park Conservatory  offers special events and free family programming.
  • Lincoln Park Zoo admission is free, but there is a parking charge.
  • Millennium Park with public art exhibits and extensive gardens, Millennium Park offers free concerts and family programs, especially in the summer months.  Playing in the fountain is also a kid-pleaser.

 Childcare

McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University is a family friendly employer. All McGaw housestaff and their families are eligible to receive reduced tuition rates at daycare centers conveniently located near the Chicago campus. 

Through an agreement with McGaw, Northwestern University offers childcare fee assistance for housestaff who have children enrolled at the Bernice E. Lavin Early Childcare Center, University Children's Center, and Bright Horizons at Evanston. The fee assistance program will have the same eligibility requirements as the existing university childcare fee assistance programs. Funds are awarded to Northwestern University families who demonstrate financial need and meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Both parents must be employed or in school full time (as consistent with Northwestern Dependent Care Flexibility Spending Account rules)
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, beginning in January for the following school year. Families currently receiving assistance are given priority.  School year awards are determined on a first-come, first-served basis.

Bernice E. Lavin Early Childhood Education Center

Hours: Monday–Friday 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
411 East Ontario Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611
312-926-5437

Required designation form

Additional information is available via the Lavin Center website.

University Children's Center

Hours: Monday–Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
446 East Ontario Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611
312-867-7056

Required designation form

Additional information about the University Children's Center can be found on the Northwestern University benefits site.

Bright Horizons at Evanston

Hours: Monday–Friday, 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
1629 Orrington Avenue, Evanston, Illinois 60201
847-491-9032

Additional information about Bright Horizons at Evanston can found on their website

 Expectant Parents

  • Northwestern Medicine Pregnancy Guide
  • Northwestern Medicine Maternity Care
  • Northwestern Medicine Labor and Delivery Overview
  • Northwestern Medicine current class listing for expectant Parents
  • Questions regarding FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act) are addressed to McGaw Payroll/Benefits at: 888-449-0016 or mcgawpayroll@ey.com
  • Notify the Program Director and submit request for FMLA
  • Notify the GME office and review the Time Away from Training policies on the McGaw Website
  • With all leaves, it is the responsibility of the housestaff member to confirm, before the onset of leave, with the Program Director, the ACGME Program Specific Guidelines, and ABMS specialty board any time requirements for adequate completion of training in their specialty. Time spent on leave does not count toward training. The end of training date may need to be extended to comply with the above.
  • Parking Permits: If you have a Northwestern parking Permit, contact the parking office to learn how to stop your payroll deduction during your leave. Chicago Parking Office: 312-503-1103

 Infertility Treatment

Benefits will be provided the same as your benefits for any other condition for Covered Services rendered in connection with the diagnosis and/or treatment of infertility, including but not limited to , in-vitro fertilization, uterine embryo lavage, embryo transfer, artificial insemination, gamete intrafallopian tube transfer, zygote intrafallopian tube transfer, low tubal ovum transfer and intracytoplasmic sperm injection.  

Benefits for treatments that include oocyte retrievals will be provided only when you have been unable to attain or maintain a viable pregnancy or sustain a successful pregnancy through reasonable, less costly, medically appropriate infertility treatments; however, this requirement will be waived if you or your partner has a medical condition that makes such treatment useless. Benefits for treatment that include oocyte retrievals are limited to a lifetime maximum of four completed oocyte retrievals

Benefits will also be provided for medical expenses of an oocyte or sperm donor for procedures used to retrieve oocytes or sperm and the subsequent procedure to transfer the oocytes or sperm to you. Associated donor medical expenses are also covered, including, but not limited to, physical examinations, laboratory screenings, psychological screenings and prescription drugs.  If an oocyte donor is used, then the completed oocyte retrieval performed on the donor shall count as one completed oocyte retrieval. Following the final completed oocyte retrieval, benefits will be provided for one subsequent procedure to transfer the oocytes or sperm to you.

Benefits will not be provided for the following:

  • Services or supplies rendered to a surrogate, except that costs for procedures to obtain eggs, sperm or embryos from you will be covered if you choose to use a surrogate. 
  • Selected termination of an embryo; provided, however, termination will be covered where the mother's life would be in danger if all embryos were carried to full term.
  • Expenses incurred for cryo‐preservation or storage of sperm, eggs or embryos, except for those procedures which use a cryo‐preserved substance.
  • Non‐medical costs of an egg or sperm donor.
  • Travel costs for travel within 100 miles of your home or travel costs not Medically Necessary or required by the Claim Administrator.
  • Infertility treatments which are deemed Investigational, in writing, by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine or the American College of Obstetricians or Gynecologists.
  • Infertility treatment rendered to your dependents under age 18.

In addition to the above provisions, in‐vitro fertilization, gamete intrafallopian tube transfer, zygote intrafallopian tube transfer, low tubal ovum transfer and intracytoplasmic sperm injection procedures must be performed at medical facilities that conform to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists guidelines for in‐vitro fertilization clinics or to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine minimal standards for programs of in‐vitro fertilization.

Additional details may be found in Your Health Care Benefit Programbooklet.

 Lactation Rooms

McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University strives to provide a family-friendly environment for our residents and fellows. Nursing mothers have access to following dedicated lactation rooms on the Chicago campus:

American Dental Association

Wellness rooms in the ADA building are accessible with LCH badge, generally located off the elevator near the bathroom or lobby.

  • 8th floor, 08-034
  • 9th floor, 09-034
  • 13th floor, 13-032
  • 14th floor, 14-034
  • 15th floor, 15-004

Anne & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

  • 12th floor, Rooms 12-200D-F, J, K (staff elevator, #12-200, to the R, L at hall)
  • 14th floor, Room 14-105 (tower elev, L out of elevator bank, down hall on R)
  • 15th floor, Room 15-143 (staff elev, R out of bank, L at 1st hall, L)
  • 15th floor, Room 15-382 (staff elev, L out of bank, L at 1st hall, double doors)
  • 19th floor, Room 19-375 (staff elev, L out of bank, R at 1st hall, L at next hall)
  • 20th floor, Room 20-370 (staff elev, L out of bank, R at 2nd hall)
  • 21st floor, Room 21-364 (staff elev, L out of bank, R at 2nd hall)

Arkes Family Pavilion

  • 11th Floor, Suite 1100

Delnor Hospital

  • 1st Floor, Room 181, adjacent to New Life registration area (requires an NM badge for access)

Bernice E. Lavin Early Childhood Education Center

  • 1st Floor (inside the childcare center)

Feinberg Pavilion

  • 2nd Floor, Rooms 2-316A and 2-316B (entry through the women's restroom)
  • 2nd Floor, Rooms 2-532 and 2-533 (by the Feinberg Cashier) Entry code is 4040 

Galter Pavilion

  • 5th floor, Room 5-122 (turn right off the public elevators, through Same Day Surgery doors, to the left)

Lavin Family Pavilion

  • 2nd Floor, Room 02-242 (go to the hallway next to walgreens)

Lake Forest Hospital 

  • 1st Floor, Pavilion C, Room 1304 (behind main reception)
  • 1st Floor, Pavilion E, Universal Care Center, Room 1553 (near E3 elevator)

Olson Pavilion

  • 4th Floor, women's locker room

Prentice Women's Hospital

  • 1st Floor, Room 01-2322  (by southwest public entrance)
  • 2nd Floor, Room 02-2308 (by the escalators)
  • 8th Floor, Room 08-2814  (by Labor & Delivery in the staff area)

Shirley Ryan Ability Lab

  • 12th Floor East - Mother's Room A & B 

541 N. Fairbanks Court (building on southeast corner of Ohio and Fairbanks)

  • 9th floor, Room 995
  • 17th floor, Room 1743

680 N. Lake Shore Drive (building on corner of Huron/Erie and Lake Shore Drive)

Wellness Rooms located: 

  • 13th floor, 13-101
  • 15th floor, 15-005
  • 16th floor, 16-088

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