Laser Eye Surgery Center

Premier LASIK Eye Surgery in Chicago: Transforming Vision for Portage Park Residents

Nestled in the heart of downtown Chicago, just a short drive from Portage Park, Kraff Eye Institute stands as a leading LASIK eye surgery clinic for a range of eye care services.

As pioneers in advanced laser vision correction, we offer Portage Park residents access to world-class eye care that’s well worth the journey. With over three decades of specialized experience, Dr. Colman Kraff was the first in Chicago to perform the revolutionary VISX Excimer Laser procedure.

Our institute not only brings cutting-edge technology and innovative techniques to our community but also holds a key role in shaping the future of ophthalmology through active participation in FDA clinical trials.

Choosing Kraff Eye Institute means opting for a legacy of success and satisfaction, where your vision transformation is guided by nationally recognized expertise, and maximum safety standards.

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To schedule a consultation, please call (312) 757-7335. To inquire about other services, please fill out our Vision Correction Consultation form.

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Comprehensive Eye Care Solutions at Kraff Eye Institute

At Kraff Eye Institute, our commitment to your vision extends beyond the ordinary. Our primary service, LASIK eye surgery, is complemented by a range of specialized treatments designed to meet diverse eye care needs.

Whether you're exploring PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy), a great alternative for those who may not be ideal candidates for LASIK, or seeking advanced solutions like refractive lens exchange, we have tailored options for every patient.  

Each technique is performed using the latest technology to ensure optimal outcomes, enhancing your life through improved vision.

Why Choose Kraff Eye Institute for Your Vision Needs

Kraff Eye Institute distinguishes itself by providing a level of care and precision unmatched in the Chicago area. Here’s why making the trip from Portage Park to our downtown clinic is a clear choice for your vision needs:

Explore Our Surroundings: A Virtual Tour Around Kraff Eye Institute

Located at 25 E Washington St in the bustling heart of downtown Chicago, Kraff Eye Institute is ideally located for anyone visiting from Portage Park or beyond. As you step out of our institute, you are immediately immersed in the vibrant pulse of Chicago's famed Loop district, renowned for its rich architecture and dynamic atmosphere. 

To help you orient yourself, Millennium Park is just a short stroll away, where you can admire the iconic Cloud Gate sculpture ("The Bean") and the picturesque views of the city skyline. The Chicago Cultural Center, with its stunning stained-glass domes, is also nearby, providing a dose of culture and history.

Surrounding Businesses and Streets:

Directly neighboring our building are cafes and eateries perfect for a quick bite before or after your appointment, ensuring convenience and comfort during your visit. Notable streets around us include N State St and E Randolph St, each lined with a variety of shops and services, from boutique retailers to major department stores.


For those considering an overnight stay, a range of hotels are available within walking distance. Options vary from luxury accommodations like the Palmer House Hilton, offering upscale amenities and fine dining experiences, to more budget-friendly choices such as the Hampton Inn Majestic, known for its comfort and excellent service. Each provides a restful haven after your eye care procedure.

Commuter Options and Parking:

Traveling to our institute is a breeze regardless of your preferred mode of transportation. Multiple CTA train lines stop nearby, including the Blue, Red, and Brown lines, making it accessible from virtually any part of the city. For those driving, several parking garages are available within a block of our location, including the Wabash-Randolph Garage and Millennium Park Garage, offering secure and convenient parking options.

Our location not only makes us a top choice for eye care but also places you in the heart of Chicago, where convenience meets culture. Whether you're a local or coming from afar, everything you need is right here, making your visit to Kraff Eye Institute as pleasant and stress-free as possible.

Driving Directions from Portage Park, Chicago, IL

  • Start on W Irving Park Rd: Head east toward N Cicero Ave.
  • Turn left onto N Cicero Ave: Continue south, passing by the historical Portage Theater, a notable landmark.
  • Merge onto I-90 E/I-94 E: This is the quickest route downtown, though it's advisable to avoid rush hours (7-9 AM and 4-6 PM) during weekdays for a smoother drive.
  • Take the Washington Blvd exit from I-90 E/I-94 E: Follow signs for East Washington Blvd into the Loop.
  • Continue on W Washington Blvd: Drive straight until you reach N State St.
  • Turn right onto N State St: You will see the Chicago Theater on your left as you approach the intersection with E Washington St.
  • Turn left onto E Washington St: Kraff Eye Institute is located between N State St and N Wabash Ave, just a few blocks from Millennium Park.

Convenient Commuter Options from Portage Park, Chicago, IL:

CTA Bus Routes:

Take the #85 bus eastbound to Jefferson Park Transit Center, then transfer to the Blue Line train towards Forest Park. Exit at Washington for a short walk to the institute.

Metro Train:

Board at the Mayfair Metra station on the Milwaukee District North Line, transfer to the CTA Blue Line at Montrose, and continue as above


For direct and flexible travel, consider a rideshare or taxi from Portage Park directly to 25 E Washington St. This option is ideal for those who prefer not to navigate public transit.

Downtown Delights: Stays and Eats Around Kraff Eye Institute

For those considering an overnight stay in downtown Chicago following your LASIK surgery, you have multiple comfortable and convenient options:


Post-surgery, if you're feeling up for a light meal before resting, several nearby restaurants offer quiet, comfortable environments:

These options ensure that your stay in Chicago is not only beneficial for your surgical results, but also pleasant and stress-free, allowing you to focus on your recovery and follow-up care without the worry of long commutes back home.

Ready to Enhance Your Vision?

Take the first step towards clear, precise vision by scheduling a consultation with Kraff Eye Institute today. Our team is eager to guide you through the process and help you achieve the best possible results for your eyesight. Don’t wait to experience life with new clarity!

Phone: 312-757-7335
Address: 25 E Washington St Ste 606, Chicago, IL 60602
Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Call us or visit our office to learn more about our services and how we can assist you in your journey to improved vision. We look forward to welcoming you to the Kraff Eye Institute family.


How many days does it take to recover from LASIK eye surgery?

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The recovery period for LASIK surgery is remarkably quick. Most patients notice a significant improvement in their vision within the first 24 to 48 hours following the procedure.  However, it is common to experience some fluctuations in your vision and mild discomfort during the first week. We recommend taking a few days off work, especially if your job requires strenuous activity or detailed vision. Living in Chicago, you'll appreciate the convenience of having access to multiple quiet parks and lakeside walks at places like nearby Millennium Park, which provide a perfect setting for recovery strolls.

Does LASIK permanently fix eyes?

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LASIK surgery is designed to permanently correct certain vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Many of our patients enjoy a dramatic improvement in their vision, which can last many years. However, it's important to note that eyes can still change with age, and some might require reading glasses as part of the natural aging process. Regular follow-up visits at our downtown Chicago location help us monitor your vision and ensure long-term effectiveness.

How soon after LASIK can I drive?

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You should not drive immediately after your LASIK procedure. Typically, we recommend that you wait until you have been re-examined by your surgeon the day after surgery, to ensure that your vision meets the legal standards for driving. Given our central location in downtown Chicago, we're easily accessible via public transit, so you can safely return for your follow-up without the need to drive. If you prefer, ample taxi services and rideshares are readily available around the Loop, providing a convenient and safe option for your visit.

Serving All of Chicago's Neighborhoods

At Kraff Eye Institute, we are proud to extend our state-of-the-art LASIK and vision correction services to a wide range of Chicago neighborhoods.  

Each area of this vibrant city brings its own unique community, and we are dedicated to providing personalized, top-quality eye care to its residents. Whether you're from the bustling streets of the Loop, the artistic avenues of Wicker Park, or the tranquil paths of Lincoln Park, our commitment to enhancing your vision remains unwavering.  

We understand the diversity of Chicago's neighborhoods and are here to ensure that all our patients, regardless of where they live, have access to the best in eye care technology and expertise. Stay tuned for a detailed list of neighborhoods we proudly serve and discover how Kraff Eye Institute is making clearer vision accessible to everyone in Chicago.

Find us from Chicago Neighborhoods

Located in the heart of Chicago, IL, the Kraff Eye Institute is ideally situated to serve residents across the Chicagoland area. Our Chicago Neighborhoods institute is accessible from the following locations:

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