The room was packed to the brim, with people sitting on window ledges in order to participate.
The forum, organized by Ald. Vi Daley and the Chicago Department on Planning and Development (DPD) was the third public meeting on the subject.
During the forum, representatives from the DPD presented potential ideas for what could take the place of the historic hospital come 2012, when Children's Memorial will make its move down to Northwestern Hospital in Streeterville.
Among the proposed ideas are plans for residential condominiums, a hotel, a parking garage, retail, and "mixed-use".
After the presentation by DPD, the community members attending the forum broke into "Breakout Sessions" to further discuss their concerns about the redevelopment process. Included in their concerns were issues of noise pollution, traffic, and zoning.
DPD announced at the end of the forum that there will be future forums, with the next one sometime in March. If viewers are interested in more information, they can visit the blog set up by DPD www.cmhplanning.blogspot.com