Chicago Quarantine Station

The Quarantine Station phone numbers below are for public health partners only.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) operates a quarantine station in Chicago. The station’s jurisdiction includes all ports in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Wisconsin.

Quarantine Station Activities

  • Respond to reports of illness or death on airplanes, cargo vessels, and other conveyances at international ports of entry within jurisdiction, including the water ports in the southern part of Lake Michigan (e.g., Chicago, Burns Harbor, Milwaukee).
  • Review medical records of migrants who will reside permanently in the United States. Notify state and local health departments and refer any migrants with infectious tuberculosis and other communicable diseases.
  • Partner with other federal agencies and local and state health departments, private medical providers, and hospitals in preparedness activities related to quarantine and isolation at ports of entry.
  • Monitor importations that may have pathogens infectious to humans.
  • Partner with health departments on emergency response, migrant health, and communicable disease.

Annual Ports of Entry Statistics

Major Airport Arrivals

Number of international passengers

  • O’Hare International Airport: 4.8 million
  • Chicago Midway International Airport: 385,000
  • General Mitchell International Airport: 27,300
Major International Water Port Arrivals

Number of international cruise and cargo ship passengers and crew

  • Chicago, IL: 2,303
Contact Information

(773) 894-2960 24-hour access

On call: 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
This phone number is for public health partner use only.

Office Hours of Operation:
Monday– Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. (CT)
Saturday – Sunday: 8:00 a.m. – 11 p.m. (CT)

Location/Inside Deliveries (FedEx):

O’Hare International Airport
International Terminal Number 5
U.S. Customs Hall Area, Lower Lvl.
Chicago, IL 60666

CDC Chicago Quarantine Station
O’Hare International Airport

AMC O’Hare, POB 66012
Chicago, IL 60666-0012

Fax: (773) 894-2970
eFax : 678-623-3645