Effective April 1st, Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation’s Northerly Island satellite facility, commonly referred to as “the bird hospital” will be open daily. The facility treats injured and orphaned birds from across the Chicago area and, due to its proximity to downtown Chicago, not only offers convenience for Chicago-area residents, but also has increased survival rates for acute trauma cases such as when birds collide with buildings by 5% as compared to when birds are transported to the suburbs for treatment.
Flint Creek Wildlife will staff Northerly Island daily from 8:30 am until 10:30 am. We will also accept birds by appointment outside of these core business hours but request that you call us first at (847)842-8000 to make arrangements to get the bird from you.
Injured birds should be placed in a bag or box, ideally with paper towel folded flat in the bottom of the bag or box. The bag or box should be closed and placed in a quiet, dark location until it can be transferred to us. Once the bird is secured, please call (847)842-8000.
Orphaned birds should not be picked up unless they are in immediate danger or unless instructed to do so by a member of our staff. Please call us for further instructions regarding baby birds.
To get to our facility at Northerly Island, take Lake Shore Drive to the 18th Street exit. If headed southbound, turn left at 18th Street and proceed under Lake Shore Drive. Follow the road around as it curves north. Keep heading towards the Shedd Aquarium and then follow the road east towards the Adler Planetarium. Before you get to the Adler, turn right on Lynn White Drive. Pass the Burnham Harbor Yacht Club and the Charter One Pavilion. Our building is the last building on the left-hand side of Lynn White Drive. (It is a stone aggregate building with glass and white pillars.) Park in the first parking lot for that building (north side) and walk around the outside of the building to the east. Our entrance is an exterior entrance on the east side of the building, furthest to the north.