ER Wait Time in Chicago Hospitals

These are the average wait times Chicago hospital ER's from fastest to slowest. Actual wait times will depend on many factors.

Total Wait Times
Presence Saint Joseph Hospital - ChicagoChicago 1h 43m
Presence Our Lady Of The Resurrection Med CtrChicago 2h 5m
Presence Saints Mary And Elizabeth Medical CenterChicago 2h 6m
Thorek Memorial HospitalChicago 2h 10m
Louis A Weiss Memorial HospitalChicago 2h 12m
Presence Resurrection Medical CenterChicago 2h 20m
Sacred Heart HospitalChicago 2h 26m
Norwegian-American HospitalChicago 2h 54m
Methodist Hospital Of ChicagoChicago 2h 55m
Swedish Covenant HospitalChicago 2h 58m
Saint Anthony HospitalChicago 3h 0m
Rush University Medical CenterChicago 3h 11m
Northwestern Memorial HospitalChicago 3h 14m
Holy Cross HospitalChicago 3h 29m
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical CenterChicago 3h 36m
Loretto HospitalChicago 3h 39m
Advocate Trinity HospitalChicago 3h 42m
South Shore HospitalChicago 3h 56m
Mercy Hospital And Medical CenterChicago 4h 2m
Mt Sinai Hospital Medical CenterChicago 4h 20m
University Of Illinois HospitalChicago 4h 36m
The University Of Chicago Medical CenterChicago 5h 15m
Roseland Community HospitalChicago 5h 52m
St Bernard HospitalChicago 5h 57m
John H Stroger Jr HospitalChicago 6h 0m
Provident Hospital Of ChicagoChicago 6h 52m
Jackson Park HospitalChicago N/A

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These are the average time from entering the ER to being admitted to the hospital by a doctor. In a busy ER, patients will be seen by a triage nurse first. Then the wait time will vary by severity, and how busy the ER is at the time of day. Patients with less serious problems could have substantially longer waits.

There is a 309 minute wait difference between the fastest Chicago emergency room and the slowest.


Jan 14, 2018, 8:21 PM
: "Went to Banner Estrella for chest pains. Have a history of heart attacks. Went to Tech. at front desk and he told me stand in line. Fortunately I was the only one but lady in front of me was registering a family (Only one (1) registration clerk). Was given ekg which was positive for ST elevations. Triaged fairly quickly by RN but then told to wait in waiting room. Still have chest pains, problems breathing and very tired. Waited 50 min. in waiting room. Security guard got me a wheelchair. Finally brought back to room and left there. No O2, no monitor hookup. RN, very nice, came in and gave me my aspirin. Was there for 12 hours as no beds avl. upstairs.\r\nI used to work at this hospital and it was great. If someone came in with chest pains and problems breathing we would find a way to get them back quickly. Very sad and disappointed this hospital has now come to this. I understand that they are very busy with the flu symptoms and also Maryvale Hospital closing but still failed with a possible heart attack patient. BTW was never checked by anyone while in the ER waiting room. Sad." - Ron

Jan 06, 2018, 11:06 AM
: "In Baptist last night for extreme abdominal pain. Waited 5 hours, never seen except for triage. There were people there that had been waiting from 12-15 hours, many appeared to be in pretty bad shape. Front desk staff is zero help with anything other than to shrug. After 5 hours of waiting I left after discovering that there were still well over a dozen people in front of me and they hadn't admitted anyone past triage for more than 4 hours. " - Sean

Jan 05, 2018, 1:27 PM
: "When I asked the intake nurse if the wait was long, she replied no. We waited over 2 hours to be seen by a doctor. This was a Friday morning at 10:00am that we arrived. I can't imagine what the weekend or night time would look like?! It's VERY FRUSTRATING when you see many people go in before you, especially when they don't appear to be serious." - Aim

Jan 04, 2018, 1:27 AM
: "times are not updated enough! remember folks their saving lives. did you get aflu shot? do you wash your hands? pick your nose ? rub eyes ? i waited 20 for ekg ,blood draw. returned to waiting room 4 hours.i was admitted. during that time i watched like 12 ambulances pull in.go to other care sources for colds,flu,small cuts. children usually can be treated only at ER.but overdoses wait in line you don't care about your life why should you get treatment first." - ricky

Jan 03, 2018, 9:08 PM
: "We are going on four hours in waiting room:( \r\nThis is ridiculous and the waiting room has become party central with almost 20 people all waiting to be seen. \r\n" - Cindy

Jan 03, 2018, 7:20 PM
: " Phs hospital belcourt.My daughter has been waiting for 7.5 hours and counting!!!" - John

Jan 03, 2018, 5:12 PM
: "Been waiting over 4 hours. This is straight up bullshit!" - Rick

Dec 31, 2017, 4:23 AM
: "Been sitting here damn 6 hrs!! This is straight up bullshit" - Mary

Dec 27, 2017, 11:05 PM
: "Sitting here for almost 3 hours now and seening everyone who came in before my wife get seen and done before her. Such bullshit!!!!" - Jerry

Dec 17, 2017, 6:31 PM
: "I talked with someone named Hollie about how my father was treated on November 24th , at the time I spoke with her she seemed concerned, I wrote a review, and after she called me , I have not heard a word from her , the lack of concern about my father is inexcusable, does she have her father and if she does would she not understand my concerns????? , I think about that day every day since taking him there ! this is my father I’m talking about , his life means something to me if it doesn’t to anyone there ! I will not forget that day as long as I live , to see my father in so much pain and no one even come in the room for 3 1/2 hours , I think about the triage nurse who thankfully knew how to change his Supra pubic catheter, and I thank god he was there ! Don’t ask a nurse if she wants to attempt to try to do this ! And glad she didn’t feel comfortable doing so , if you don’t know what your doing emergency room dr , don’t ask for a nurse to give it a try ! Not on my father you don’t , educate your drs to handle emergencies, that’s ehy they’re there or I would pray so ! " - Monica

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