Locations & Hours



We are still OPEN by appointment only despite coronavirus but will take steps to keep you and our all-volunteer staff safe during this difficult time. When you arrive for your appointment, please stay in your car and be prepared to allow us to take the animal from you.

Animals accepted by appointment only - please call us for an appointment. We are open every day of the year, including major holidays.

Appointments are scheduled around feeding schedules and critical care. We simply could not provide the best possible care for animals without adhering to this policy. As a result, we will not accommodate persons that arrive without an appointment. Thank you for your understanding.

Animals Accepted

  • All wild birds, including birds of prey
  • All wild reptiles
  • All wild mammals, excluding skunks, bats and raccoons

Chicago (Northerly Island)

Address (Directions)

1521 S. Linn White Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60605


Northerly Island will be making a few changes due to coronavirus. We ask that you temporarily call in advance when you have an injured or orphaned animal to ensure that Northerly is open. Since we are an all-volunteer organization, we have a couple of days right now where volunteers may not be comfortable staffing the facility. This situation is fluid as the coronavirus situation evolves.

Injured birds and injured small mammals (excluding skunks, bats and raccoons) are accepted without an appointment between the hours of 8:30 am and 10:30 am daily. We do, however, appreciate a courtesy call to (847)842-8000 prior to your arrival. This helps us plan our resources.

Orphaned birds and orphaned mammals are accepted between the hours of 8:30 am and 10:30 am ONLY after we’ve discussed the situation with you and agreed that the animal needs treatment. Orphaned animals can often be reunited with their parents and, unless injured, this is always best for the animal. As a result, we do require you to call us first so that we can provide you with the best possible solution.

Because our Northerly Island location is only open limited hours, all animals admitted at our Northerly Island facility are transferred to our Barrington facility where they receive 24-hour care.

Our Northerly Island facility is closed major holidays and, due to problems accessing our facility, it is also closed on days that the Chicago Bears play at Soldier Field in the afternoon. A list of closures follows:

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - closed due to staffing issue
Thursday, November 28, 2019 - Thanksgiving Day
Wednesday, December 25, 2019 - Christmas Day
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - New Year’s Day

Animals Accepted

  • All wild birds, including birds of prey
  • All wild reptiles
  • All wild mammals, excluding skunks, bats, raccoons, deer, fox and coyote*
  • *Our Barrington facility accepts deer, fox and coyote by appointment