The next big move: ADA headquarters to relocate

Jun 6, 2024 by Olivia Anderson
Lurie Children’s Hospital buys ADA building

After having spent nearly 60 years at its current Chicago location, ADA is moving its headquarters.

During the first quarter of 2025, the Association will move from 211 E. Chicago Avenue to 401 N. Michigan Avenue. Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, which in recent years has been the ADA’s largest tenant, closed June 5 on the purchase of the ADA building. The purchase allows Lurie Children’s to expand its clinical capacity by moving its administrative offices out of the main hospital, which has occupied the building next to the ADA headquarters since 2012.

The building in which ADA’s new headquarters will be located is on the southern end of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile and overlooks the Chicago River. Less than one mile from the current headquarters, it offers robust employee amenities and ample conference facilities to host volunteers.

“The ADA is excited to pass the torch of 211 E. Chicago’s health care legacy to Lurie Children’s,” said ADA Executive Director Raymond Cohlmia, D.D.S. “We are proud to continue to call Chicago’s Mag Mile home and, more importantly, remain part of the health care landscape in Chicago and beyond.”

Because local staff works in a hybrid modality and some staff work remotely, leaders said the ADA doesn’t need as much office space in Chicago as it once did. Additionally, with the formation of the ADA Forsyth Institute, the ADA’s science operations and research facilities will soon move to Massachusetts.

The ADA originally purchased the land at 211 E. Chicago Avenue from the American Red Cross in 1962, and the headquarters officially opened in 1965. 

The ADA’s operations will remain at 211 E. Chicago Avenue until the first quarter of next year.

“We’re looking forward to our new offices at 401 N. Michigan Avenue, and leadership is working to ensure a well-appointed environment for the staff and volunteers whose hard work supports the dental profession,” ADA President Linda Edgar, D.D.S., M.Ed., said.

In a joint letter announcing the sale to volunteers, Dr. Edgar and Dr. Cohlmia also emphasized that nearly 60 years after 211 E. Chicago Avenue opened, “our Association is primed for growth and fresh possibilities once again. The ADA’s leadership believes our next big move is a step in the right direction.”

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