CZ Biohub Chicago In Fulton Market To Open This January

Fulton Labs at 400 N AberdeenFulton Labs at 400 N Aberdeen. Photo by Jack Crawford

The upcoming Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Chicago will open in January at 400 N Aberdeen Street in Fulton Market. Located on the corner of N Ogden Avenue within the West End on Fulton building, the new hub was announced earlier this year from a multi-city competition. Dubbed CZ Biohub Chicago, it’s being funded and built by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative which was founded in 2015 by Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg.

Rendering of CZ Biohub Chicago via Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

The Chicago hub will be the second for the initiative after opening San Francisco in 2016. While that lab focuses on cellular research, the Chicago location will build upon that and focus on inflammation. Currently half of all human deaths can be linked to inflammation according to the initiative. Thus the lab will create bioengineered tissue to test on and build tiny sensors to embed into human tissue to measure cells to find when they become inflamed.

Research within CZ Biohub Chicago via Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Working in collaboration with the University of Chicago, Northwestern, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the center will find new solutions to many of the most prevalent diseases. Originally announced for 1375 W Fulton within Fulton Labs, the hub will now occupy an increased size of 28,000 square-feet of space within 400 N Aberdeen instead. The 425,000 square-foot building opened in 2022 as part of Trammell Crow’s Fulton Labs campus.

Fulton Labs at 400 N Aberdeen

Fulton Labs at 400 N Aberdeen. Photo by Jack Crawford

Over 50 cities applied for the initiative’s second location, with Chicago beating them out due to local support. Governor Pritzker himself attended the application review and offered $25 million in support from the state for infrastructure, this coupled with the collaboration between the universities landed the city the $250 million hub. Construction is now underway on the interior spaces while research has already begun, as 50 people are being hired to work the lab.

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3 Comments on "CZ Biohub Chicago In Fulton Market To Open This January"

  1. Love to see it. Big win for Chicago.

  2. Bobby Siemiaszko | October 6, 2023 at 6:22 pm | Reply

    This is amazing. I wish we would have received the 2.5 billion Federal Biotech and Life Science Hub instead of Dallas too.

  3. Nice but where’s the mayor? He’s absent from all the press on this.

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