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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.

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

Stories



Jul 30, 2021, 6:14 AM
: "Bad experience! I was here for abdominal pain and they didn't give turkey sandwich or ginger ale. " - Glenn

Jul 30, 2021, 5:39 AM
: "I got very good care at the E.R. I went to; the hospital was Holy Cross (Providence) Med. Ctr. in Mission Hills. Was seen after 1 hrs. 40 min. after registering at 10:45 p.m. ; my situation was not dire (wound to lower leg) but required imm. medical attention within 12 hrs. Was told that the best time to come is was the "quiet zone" from 4 a.m. to 7 a.m. to avoid a lengthy wait. But, who can time emergencies to fit such a time frame? (Had previously gone to West Hills E.R.; was placed in a room with very ill patients (average wait time 2 -3hrs +) and decided to change locations). Holy Cross gets a 4/5 rating for being a responsive and well-staffed E.R. Dept. and providing patients with info. about projected wait times. Could have been better if the water was working/indoors restrooms open....but had wash stations/port-a-potties outside (temporary problem at H.C. Hosp.)" - Ellen

Jul 30, 2021, 1:17 AM
: "I've been in this ER waiting room for more than 6 hours with abdominal pain. I fully understand priority order,but this is absolutely unacceptable and ridiculous. If it were my appendix, I'd be dead by now. " - Clayton

Jul 27, 2021, 11:17 AM
: "My pregnant daughter was sent to NKC er from her primary care office with breathing issues. She has now been sitting in the waiting room for 4 hours and and has yet to even be seen by a triage nurse! This is completely unacceptable!!!" - Ccccc

Jul 27, 2021, 5:06 AM
: "I brought my wife to ORMC complaining of chest pain and we have been sitting in Emergency waiting room for 8 hours and the room is basically empty and we are still waiting. They claim they are 100% full but I doubt it. Why were she left behind many many patents " - Gregory

Jul 26, 2021, 10:32 PM
: "My pregnant daughter was sent to NKC er from her primary care office with breathing issues. She has now been sitting in the waiting room for 4 hours and and has yet to even be seen by a triage nurse! This is completely unacceptable!!!" - Ccccc

Jul 24, 2021, 2:11 AM
: "The Er was very full seemed to be only one Dr working.It’s more people standing around taking blood pressure than there is working.The lab nurse Theresa was awesome tonight.I got checked in but never got seen I left because me sitting at the Er and still dizzy I might as well go home and lay down and be dizzy." - Blessed.

Jul 24, 2021, 2:11 AM
: "The Er was very full seemed to be only one Dr working.It’s more people standing around taking blood pressure than there is working.The lab nurse Theresa was awesome tonight.I got checked in but never got seen I left because me sitting at the Er and still dizzy I might as well go home and lay down and be dizzy." - Blessed.

Jul 22, 2021, 10:43 PM
: "I’m sitting here in the waiting room to be seen. Been here a couple of hours so I know I have a few more. It’s 10:30pm. Sure I’m in a lot of pain and want to be seen. I’m hearing people say they have been here since 3:00pm. Another 5:30pm. Sick little boy miserable. It’s taking two or more hours just to get registered. And now I hear a kid was brought in by ambulance and has to sit in the waiting room. Unbelievable. I understand they whole concept of triage, but I don’t get their system. So someone not as “important “ will continue to get knocked down the list every time someone comes in they deem more important yet both have to sit in the waiting room for hours. This makes no sense. This is our healthcare system. " - Lisa

Jul 22, 2021, 9:08 AM
: "Very unfortunate and disappointed to say the least!! Originally went in on the 14th of July I had low pressure for 8 hours in the ER and chest pain doctor diagnosing with upper respiratory virus my blood pressure was so low I fell off the bed and I was in so much pain but the doctor not interested! She misdiagnosed me not giving me antibiotics which it turned out not to be viral it was bacterial.so the next doctor I saw tried to cover up for the first doctor and prescribing antibiotics but no blood work knowing my white blood cell count was up. Because I questioned them I was treated very bad!!! But in retrospect they didn't do there job! 3 time seen in ER I spoke to the director befor" - Ml

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