A major new development for the Illinois Medical District could not only expand the operational capacity of the Cook County Health and Hospitals System, but it would also represent a major win for developer Clayco. According to Crain’s, Clayco earned a contract worth nearly $109 million to build a new nine-story facility for the Cook County Hospital system at 1950 W. Polk Street. The project would not only serve an important function to the health and well-being of Chicagoans, but the building itself will be a nice addition to the already architectural interesting Illinois Medical District. Renderings on Clayco’s site reveal a sleek, glassy structure designed by Gensler with undulating sides. One side of the facility will have a criss-crossing pattern going up the facade, almost similar to the new Studio Gang-designed dorms at the University of Chicago campus in Hyde Park. The proposal is currently being fast-tracked through the city’s approval process with construction expected to begin by next spring.