patient room at the abilitylab


Patient Rooms & Amenities


The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab's physical spaces all say, “We’re doing something never done before.” Hundreds of thousands of patients, family members, clinicians, scientists, educators and the curious — from around the world and all walks of life — will be inspired by the patient rooms, labs, and many public spaces. Let's explore a few areas that will make your time with us unlike any traditional “hospital visit.”

Private Patient Rooms


A patient’s room is among the most important places in the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. Each one of our 242 private rooms provides comfort, privacy, security, therapeutic tools and opportunities to practice daily living skills. The bathrooms are the largest of any facility of our kind; doors slide open for even greater accessibility, and the shower can be used while standing, sitting or lying down.


Design of the room is state-of-the-art in both infrastructure and technology. At the foot of the bed, in the sight line of patients and family members, a wall-mounted flat TV monitor displays a custom data/entertainment system that we call “My Station.” My Station makes it simple and fun to take an even more active role in therapy, a factor we know dramatically improves outcomes.  You can access your therapy schedule, control your room's lighting, watch movies, listen to music, and more. 

To get the most out of daily therapy sessions, please wear athletic shoes and exercise clothing that allow maximum flexibility and comfort. If you didn’t bring appropriate clothing, please ask a family member or friend to bring some to you.

Other features of our inpatient rooms include:

  • Wi-Fi internet access
  • Lockable cabinets
  • Adjustable tasking lighting and shades

In-Room Dining Service

We developed Personal Choice Dining to give you greater control over your meal selections. Each day, a member of the Food and Nutrition Department's Host Team will visit you, tell you about your menu options (based on the specific diet prescribed by your physician), and take your order.

For more information about the AbilityLab Cafe, located on the 12th floor for more dining options, for other Services available at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab click the box below. 

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