In Phase 1 of the Bronzeville Lakefront development, an initial 13 acres will be transformed into a thriving health innovation hub, mixed-use commercial and community uses, a new streetscape, and a brand new park with the ultimate goal of creating the healthy community of the future.
Built on the proven ARC Innovation model of Sheba Medical Center – a Newsweek Top-10 global medical system, the Chicago ARC (anchor tenant of the Bronzeville Innovation Center) will bring together startups with experienced operators and an extensive partner network to accelerate development and commercialization through streamlined collaborations, the sharing of data, and strategic funding. The focus from day one is bringing sustainable health equity and transformation solutions to the market, driving impact and returns for healthy Chicago. A scalable model starting in Chicago and replicating in other markets.
Anchored by the Chicago ARC, Bronzeville Lakefront is set to become the epicenter of innovation. Using the history of the Michael Reese Hospital as a foothold, we plan to build on its legacy as the home to many “firsts” and breakthroughs in medicine and healthcare. With access to local talent and proximity to major research and medical institutions, Bronzeville Lakefront fosters an environment where opportunities for health sciences, life sciences, biotech, technology, and sustainability innovation can thrive.
We’ve reimagined Cottage Grove Avenue—Bronzeville Lakefront’s main street—to epitomize an open invitation. This will become a vibrant, high-traffic area where local and small businesses can thrive with the addition of adequate lighting, outdoor street furniture, landscaped plazas, and prioritized pedestrian safety using fully designed streets, sidewalks, and intersections. On-street parking and drop-off areas will ensure that the complete streets are welcoming and accessible to all users. The unique street design aesthetic will showcase Bronzeville’s rich history.
The Future of Data Storage
The forthcoming data center will serve as a support to the health innovation ecosystem anchored by the Chicago ARC, powered by Sheba. The storage center will power the data processing and cloud-based storage to house the research and findings. Sheba has been a paperless, digital medical system since 2004, and the Chicago ARC startups have direct access to both the data and medical teams at Sheba and the opportunity to pilot and apply their technologies within the healthcare facilities.