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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Louis A. Simpson and Kimberly K. Querrey Biomedical Research Center

Created for Collaboration

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Find detailed information on building access, services and amenities to help you navigate your new surroundings.



  • Main Building: 303 E. Superior St., Chicago, IL 60611
  • Loading Dock: 302 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611
  • Southeast Entrance: 340 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611

Shared Spaces

Level 1

Located off Superior Street, the first floor lobby level serves as the building’s main entry point and as pre-function space for campus-wide events. On the ground floor, you'll find:

  • Main entrance, security desk and passenger elevators (badge required for elevator use)
  • Food services
  • Potocsnak Family Atrium
  • The Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg Gallery & the Simpson Querrey Auditorium
  • Interior loading dock and service elevators

Level 1 Mezzanine

  • Krantz Conference Room
  • Senyei Conference Center
  • Treinens Conference Room
  • Fisher Scientific Storeroom

Level 2

Lab Floors

The Simpson Querrey Biomedical Research Center has nine total lab floors. Levels 5, 6, 7 and 8 are occupied by Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, level 11 by Northwestern University and levels 3, 4, 9 and 10 by the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute. Each floor is managed by the department residing on that floor and requires badge access for entry. Two-story collaboration space is shared between floors 3/4, 5/6, 7/8 and 9/10.

On each floor, one will find:

  • Three separate lab neighborhoods/areas with adjacent lab support space
  • Linear equipment room
  • Faculty and administrative offices
  • Workstations for lab personnel
  • Three conference rooms
  • Lockers (Reach out to your department administrator to receive an assigned locker.)
  • Shower facility with a single-stall restroom, located in room X25 on the north side, just outside the elevator lobby
  • Two Aircuity Ventilation Purge Buttons located at lab entries (this is the red button at the entry of the labs, which detects the level of matter in the air, raising or lowering the air turnover based on those levels; in the case of a spill, the button should be pressed, ramping up the air turnover so the system can quickly remove fumes from the lab)

Emergency Information

Emergency Notification System

The emergency alert system (EAS) disseminates timely information to the campus community in the event of a crisis.

Coming soon: Communication capabilities to include:

  • Email system
  • Main NU website "Breaking News"
  • Emergency notification system via text messaging and voice mail


Evacuation Information

SQBRC faculty and staff should understand the fire alarm system in their building. Below is a description of the fire alarm system for SQBRC.

Most of our buildings are subject to City of Chicago High Rise ordinances and have unique fire alarm systems. In the event of a fire, the fire alarms in high rise build- ings are silent and will alert the Chicago Fire Dept. The Fire Dept. will arrive on the scene, verify if a fire is in progress and activate the voice annunciation system to provide evacuation instructions if needed. In buildings or floors designated as a school occupancy, a fire alarm with strobe lights will alert building occupants to evacuate the building.

The elevators may continue to operate during an evacuation. However, elevators should never be used as a means to evacuate the building.

In the event of an alarm or evacuation announcement, SQBRC stairwell access will be deactivated and doors will automatically open.

SQBRC is a fully sprinklered building and has a combination of heat/smoke detectors that will alert first responders such as the Chicago Fire Dept., University Police and Facilities Management.

Faculty and staff should familiarize themselves and encourage their colleagues to know at least two exits from their floor and the building.

Prior to an emergency, inquire if an individual needs assistance evacuating. The assigned evacuation wardens for each floor should designate where the area of rescue assistance is on your floor (if it’s not in a stairwell).

Building Amenities

Retail & Food

Food vendors are located under the Mezzanine level on the Superior side of the building and in the atrium of the Lurie Medical Research Center, on the Fairbanks side.


Beefsteak celebrates the unsung power of vegetables and brings them to the center of the plate. The menu, developed by chef José Andrés, features hearty vegetable bowls, refreshing salads and seasonal offerings. With over 20 vegetables to choose from and a variety of grains, leafy greens, sauces and toppings, the possibilities are endless.

Visit the Beefsteak website.

Hours of Operation 
Monday - Thursday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Weekends: Closed


FOODWORKS brings their community-based “Best of Local” concept by partnering with neighborhood restaurants and women- and minority-owned businesses that share the same commitment to quality, sustainability and community involvement as FOODWORKS and the University.

Visit the FOODWORKS website.

Hours of Operation 
Monday - Thursday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Weekends: Closed

SLICE Pizzeria

Slice Pizzeria features traditional pizza sold by the slice or as a whole pie with a focus on fresh, quality ingredients and great guest service in a fast, friendly atmosphere.

See the Slice Pizzeria menu.

Hours of Operation 
Monday - Thursday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Weekends: Closed


Smart Market is changing the way guests shop by bringing the benefits of a self-checkout micro-market, including an expansive product selection, state-of-the-art technology, secure shopping, and 24/7 convenience. From artisanal deli sandwiches and salads, to top-rated snacks and drinks, a SmartMarket makes grabbing a quick bite easy.

Visit the Smart Market website.

Hours of Operation: 24/7

Starbucks Coffee

Starbucks Coffee is located across the street on Superior on the first floor of Galter Library and Learning Center.

Bridge Connections

The sky bridge is located on the second floor of the building on the north side and travels across Superior Street, connecting campus personnel to the third floor of the Searle Building. Badge access is required to enter the third floor of Searle. Once through, campus personnel can access the elevators of the Searle/Tarry/Ward complex or take the stairs down to the first floor Galter Library and Learning Center.

Access to the adjacent Lurie Medical Research Center passenger elevator lobbies is located on each lab floor just past the west lab neighborhood by the two corner conference rooms. Bridge access from the Lurie Medical Research Center to the medical campus is also accessible on the second floor.

To request access to the bridges, please refer to Badge Access section under Building Access & Services.

Bike Storage

A secure bike room for building personnel is located in the southeast corner on the ground floor of the building. Access to the room is controlled via keycard reader. The room houses two-tier, vertically staggered stretch racks, totaling 30 bike slots available for a $25 annual fee per bike. Building faculty and staff must sign up to reserve a spot. Bikes can be stored during building hours.

How to Enroll

The process is outlined below:

Bike Owner Responsibilities

  • Bike owners are responsible for keeping their bikes locked when placed in the bike room.
  • All bicycles and accessories placed in the bike room shall be place there at the bike owner’s risk.
  • User agrees to leave the room in the same condition as it was found. The bike room is not to be used for any other use outside of storing your own bike.

Additional exterior racks are located on the northeast, southeast, northwest and southwest corners of the building.

Lactation Spaces

The Simpson Querrey Biomedical Research Center strives to provide a family-friendly environment for its faculty, staff and students. Nursing mothers in the building have access to two dedicated lactation spaces on the second floor on the north side of the building by the bridge to the Searle building.

Not all spaces have a refrigerator. However, refrigerators are available in The Women’s Center on the 14th floor of Abbott Hall.


For badge access to the lactation spaces, contact the Northwestern University Office of Work/Life & Family Resources at or 847-809-9690. Please provide the seven-digit employee ID number located on the front of the card or scan or send a clear photo.

If you lose or forget your badge, contact the email address above to request a temporary badge. 

Lactation spaces should be reserved in advance. Reservations for the rooms are made through the university's Outlook calendaring system. Request calendar access by emailing


All lactation spaces and access services are available during business hours. In the event of any access issues after business hours, please call the non-emergency number for Northwestern University Police at 847-491-3254 or extension 1-3254 to have someone meet you to open the door.

Additional Locations

There are additional nearby lactation spaces in the Tarry and Ward buildings. For a full list, please visit the Room Locations page.

Shuttle Pickup & Drop-Off

Northwestern operates a train station shuttle.The Simpson Querrey Biomedical Research Center has a designated shuttle shelter pickup and drop-off location on the southeast side corner of the building on Huron Street.

This shuttle operates year-round (excluding holidays), Monday to Friday, between the Chicago campus and the Ogilvie, Union, Millenium and LaSalle Street train stations. For more information on purchasing single ride or monthly pass tickets, see schedule, ticket prices and route details.

For information on all Chicago campus shuttles, visit the Transportation & Parking: Chicago Campus Shuttles page.


Building Access & Services

Access to Facility/Badging

All buildling faculty, staff and trainees will be issued a NetID and badge that will grant them access to building entrances, turnstiles and their designated lab floor 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

Additional access requests to specific floors or rooms, as well as visitor access requests, must be made as outlined below. If Center for Comparative Research access is required, a specific badge should be requested as outlined in the Center for Comparative Research section (Administrative & Lab Services).

Badges for Northwestern University and Manne Research Institute/Lurie Children's are issued by the Wildcard Office in Abbott Hall (710 Lake Shore Dr., Room 100). It’s open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Email with questions or visit the Wildcard site for information such as how to replace a lost card.

For building visitors, see the Security section.

Access Requests

Building faculty and staff needing access to a floor or additional floors will need to contact that floor’s access administrator(s). Please find information on contact by floor and unit below.

Floor 3

Floor 4

Floor 5

Floor 6

Floor 7

Floor 8

Floor 9

Floor 10

Floor 11

  • Jose De La Torre: (Simpson Querrey Institute, Center for Synthetic Biology, Biomedical Engineering, and Querrey Simpson Institute for Bioelectronics)


Northwestern University provides on-site staffed security for the building and the surrounding Chicago campus at all times.

Criminal incidents, suspicious activity and emergencies should be reported to security. Security services will promptly work to address the incident and mitigate any risk to people or property. The security desk in the building is located just past the main entrance off Superior Street in front of the elevator lobby. On-site security staff hours are:

  • Lobby: Monday to Sunday, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Dock: Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For assistance when security staff is not present, please call University Police at 312-503-3456 (or dial 456 from any campus phone). Visit the University Police site for more information on how to report crimes, threatening behavior, mission persons or feedback on police services.

In an emergency, dial 911.


All visitors are required to register with security upon entrance. Visitors must present an ID and will then be provided with a temporary “badge” that grants them access through the main lobby turnstiles to the passenger eleva­tors. After arriving on their designated floor, building faculty or staff must meet them at the secure entry. A visitor badge can be valid for a month if requested (with supporting documentation if needed).

For visitor registration, please fill out the Simpson Querrey Visitor Registration Form. Please complete the form no less than 24 hours prior to visitor arrival.

For group registration, please contact the Dean’s Office.

Facilities & Maintenance

Facilities provides a wide range of services, including:

  • Operations and maintenance services (carpentry, electrical, elevator, engineering, locks and security, paint and signage)
  • Custodial
  • Move services

Visit the Facilities site for more information, customer service contacts and to place a service request.

To unlock an office, contact University Police at 312-503-3456 (or dial 456 from any campus phone). Phone services are handled by Northwestern University Information Technology Services. For telephone repair, call IT at 611 from any campus phone.

Information Technology

Feinberg, Northwestern University and Lurie Children's IT teams are available to support faculty and staff with technical requests on a day-to-day basis. Contact the IT team affiliated with your unit using the information below.


Phone: 1-HELP (select option 5)
Web: Northwestern IT Service Manager

Northwestern University

Phone: 1-HELP
Web: Northwestern IT Service Manager

Manne Research Institute

Phone: 312-227-3445
Web: Lurie Children's IT

AV - Seminar & Conference Rooms

For AV assistance in seminar and conference rooms, tenants should contact

Mail Delivery, Receiving & Shipping

Call Mail Services at 312-503-8131 or 312-503-9162 or, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Loading dock hours are 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. It closes at 4:30 p.m. for incoming deliveries. All outgoing FedEx and UPS items will be picked up by 4 p.m. No visitor or employee foot traffic is admitted through the loading dock. Under no circumstances should anything be stored there.

Packages will be delivered from the loading dock to each lab or office. If no one is available to sign for packages, they will be kept at the loading dock. Notice will be left at the delivery point and emailed to the recipient. Mail will be sorted by unit and delivered to the copy/mail room near the north side offices on each floor. Mail runs for incoming items are made once a day, Monday to Friday, between 11 a.m. and noon. Once delivered to the loading dock, all barcoded priority parcels will be delivered to the recipient within a one-hour time period. Please refrain from having personal mail or packages sent to you at the building.

Outgoing packages and mail will be picked up twice a day, once during the mail run at 11 a.m. and once in the afternoon at 3 p.m. All outgoing mail that requires postage should be accompanied by a Request for Mail Services form. If a shipment needs to go out after the 3 p.m. pickup, faculty and staff will need to get the item to the Mail Room in the Morton Medical Research Building - Room B-601 themselves before 4 p.m. pickup.

Contact your department administrator to get set up on your FedEx and/or UPS account or for more information on shipping cost and transit time. Make sure to provide the package weight, package content, destination, required arrival time, package value & tracking and/or insurance requirements available.

Address Formatting

The post office prefers that the street address be directly above the city/state line. Please use this template:

Simpson Querrey X Floor
303 E Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Administrative & Lab Services


Conference rooms and seminar rooms in both public spaces (conference and seminar rooms on the first floor, mezzanine and second floor) and departmental spaces (conference rooms on the lab floors) may be reserved through the VEMS portal. If you will need to make room reservations frequently (i.e. at least quarterly), contact the Feinberg School of Medicine’s facilities coordinator at 312-503-1871 to gain access. Infrequent users should make requests as a non-VEMS user through the online request form. Requests will be reviewed and confirmed within 48 business hours.

Policies and procedures related to room scheduling are outlined in Feinberg’s Confirmation Conditions document (PDF).

Room Reservations

SQBRC Public Spaces (1st floor, Mezzanine and 2nd floor)
Contact: Marian Minicone
Complete Reservation Form

SQBRC 3rd, 4th and 10th Floor Conference Rooms
Contacts: Jarrod Cunningham and Rosalinda Lopez

SQBRC 5th Floor Conference Rooms
Contact: Kiara Moore and Sean Campbell
Complete Reservation Form

SQBRC 7th Floor Conference Rooms
Contacts: Beverly Kirk and Vanessa Hughes
Complete Reservation Form

SQBRC 8th Floor Conference Rooms
Contacts: Katie Criswell and Stephanie East
Complete Reservation Form

Easel/Poster Board Reservation

To request easels and poster boards, complete the Easel Request Form on the Galter Library website. Requests must be made 48 hours in advance, with a maximum of 50 easels and 50 poster boards, for a lending period of up to 10 days. All poster boards are 3’ x 5’ foam core boards. Pickup and return of the easels and poster boards are the responsibility of the requesting department.


Northwestern University faculty and staff should submit procurement and purchasing requests to (847-491-8120). The items listed below are exceptions. Visit the Office of Finance & Administration site if you need help with adding a new supplier, W-9 forms for vendors, system training and more.

Manne Research Institute/Lurie Children's faculty and staff should contact the Purchasing Department at for their purchasing needs.

Lab Gases

Email or call 312-503-8828. Deliveries are made within 24 hours; specialty gases and products may take longer. View the list of all Available Products quantities and pricing. Online order and pickup forms can be found on the Lab Gases Website. Nitrogen tanks (or other means) are required to float isolation tables; no high pressure air will be available.

Dry Ice & Liquid Nitrogen

SQBRC offers a self-service program for obtaining dry ice pellets as well as delivery of dry ice blocks. The dry ice niche is located in the loading dock area on Level 1 near the service elevators, room 1-245. Customers should bring a container and appropriate chart string. Weigh the container of dry ice on the scale on the table in front of the dock office and fill out the order form on the computer screen.

In addition to self-service, there are also standing orders of 50 lb. cakes (seven slabs in a cake) delivered every Monday and Wednesday morning. A self-service liquid nitrogen tank is also available in the same location. Customers should bring an appropriate container and chart string. Know the volume of your container and enter the volume and chart string on the computer on the table in front of the office.

Protective face shields and gloves will be available.

Contact Eric Middleton (3-8828 on campus phone) if you would like to be placed on a standing order or for any questions.

Fisher Scientific Storeroom

Email or call 312-503-7519.

Bulk CO2

CO2 will be available in all lab areas on each floor from a central tank in the loading dock. Regulators will be provided to the labs. Connections will be made via a Facilities Service Request once the incubator or other equipment is in place.

Research Safety

The Northwestern University Research Safety provides safety services to the building’s labs, including provision of required and recommended education, training, regulatory compliance, radiation safety and hazardous waste disposal as described on the website.

Contact Research Safety at or, in the event of a lab emergency, call 312-503-8300. In the event of any medical emergency, always dial 911.

Registering a Lab

Lumen is the online safety data management tool for PIs to submit applications and registrations for review. PIs must send in a request with their name, netID and department to, then go to and log in using your Northwestern NetID and password. Please reference the Lumen User Manual for instructions and guidelines on using the system.

Safety Training

Safety Training is available through myHR Learn; use your NetID and password to log in. Visit the Research Safety sites on< Who Does What and< What Training Do I Need to learn more. Additional information is available via through following Research Safety documents:

Shared Equipment/Cores

Core facilities are a pivotal part of our research infrastructure. These shared laboratories provide state-of-the-art equipment, services and technical expertise for scientists who do not have these capabilities in their own labs. Core facilities are created by faculty with support from departments, schools, centers and/or the Office for Research to meet the collective needs of scientists. Cores operate as fee-for-service facilities, and most are available to external scientists as well.

View the list of all Northwestern University Cores (specific descriptions, services, access procedures and acknowledgement requirements are located on each core’s website). See the Chicago Core Contacts list to contact a core directly.

Center for Comparative Medicine

Northwestern’s Center for Comparative Medicine (CCM) and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) are dedicated to the teaching & training to support humane animal care and use in the research and education within SQBRC. While there is significant overlap between the two units, below you will find the necessary resources on the services each unit provides.

Center for Comparative Medicine (CCM)

Any research staff requiring access to CCM facilities will be required to obtain a Biometric Wildcard from the Wildcard Office.  An authorization form can be obtained from the CCM Training Office by calling 312-503-2758,by visiting our office on the Chicago campus – Searle Building, 14th floor, or by emailing Andrew Feeney at Please visit the CCM Website for information on services, researcher requirements, trainings and standard operating procedures (Please note: Access to most pages require NetID and login). Additional training sessions may be necessary for labs utilizing specialized CCM animal housing or services (ex. use of controlled substances, anesthesia machines, imaging equipment or ABSL-2 animal housing). For a complete list, please review the Training Checklists available on the CCM website. CCM uses a web-based integrated system to manage transactional functions called AOPs (Animal Operations). Accessing AOPs allows research staff to submit animal orders, imports, transfers, exports and many other types of requests. The system is intended to provide information to users real-time and improve transparency. Accessing AOPs is only available to SQBRC faculty and staff who are on an approved animal study protocol within eACUC using their NetID and password. SQBRC faculty and staff who are approved on an animal study protocol can also access job aids located on CCM’s website which provide step-by-step instructions on how to use AOPs based on the type of request needed.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

Anyone seeking facility access (CCM) must first be appropriately trained and listed on an approved protocol: IACUC Website (Please NOTE: access to most pages require NetID and login). IACUC Online Training and Occupational Health Safety Program (OHSP) Enrollment are also required for all principal investigators and research staff handling and caring for animals: Getting Started - Training. Additional Resources, Forms and Checklists can be found on their website: IACUC - Resources. For questions, please reach out to the IACUC Team on their Contacts page.

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