LAKEVIEW — It's official: The shuttered Sports Authority at 3134 N. Clark St. will now serve as an outpatient medical center.
Advocate Health Care announced it will be opening the center next summer, and construction is currently underway on the 42,000-square-foot location.
An Advocate Medical Group practice currently located in the medical office center on Illinois Masonic's campus will relocate to this Lakeview location, and Illinois Masonic's internal medicine and obstetrics/gynecology teaching programs will also move in.
The new facility will have room to expand, with plans for immediate care in the future.
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and Advocate Medical Group are partnering on the project.
Advocate Outpatient Center will house physicians and advanced practice clinicians in primary care, pediatrics, obstetrics, cardiology, neurology, endocrinology and behavioral health as well as imaging and lab services.
The end result will feature a hotel-like lobby, off-stage clinical work areas and rooms with built-in charging stations for mobile devices.
“The Sports Authority site gives us a tremendous opportunity to work with Advocate Medical Group to consolidate their local offices with a number of outpatient services currently housed in various areas of the hospital campus,” said Susan Nordstrom Lopez, president of Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, in a press release. “The site offers additional space for expansion, eventually including an immediate care center, and comes with parking, which is a constant challenge for our patients.”
Construction has begun on 3134 N. Clark St., which once housed Sports Authority. Advocate Health Care announced the space will now serve as an outpatient center. [DNAinfo/Jessica Cabe]
Sports Authority announced in spring 2016 that it would close all of its stores across the country after filing for bankruptcy in March and failing to find a buyer. The Lakeview location has sat vacant, aside from a Halloween shop, ever since.