So I left you in Chicago! I was saying that I usually cringe at the thought of connecting through The Chicago O’Hare Airport and that last week (well 2 weeks ago at this point) was no different. After I encountered a standby snafu and had to make that Plan B I told you about last week which took me to Chicago for about 6 hours before I bought an American Airlines ticket through Miami to Grand Cayman… it was a long day! And it was a Saturday, and I went to a party the night before so needless to say I wasn’t just layin’ over in O’Hare, I was hangin’ over in O’Hare!! Don’t judge me.
Having only ever flown United Airlines in and out of Chicago I have not really left the B and C concourses and only sometimes venturing to the F concourse for a United express flight. When I had to actually look at an airport map to know where I was going I realized how HUGE the O’Hare airport really is! The American gates are on the G, H, K, and L terminals…who knew?! That’s a lot of space! And once I started making my way over to my gate in K I got to see a lot of stuff along the way. I want to give O’Hare, and Chicago really big props on the amount of things I saw in the airport that day.
As I journeyed through the seemingly endless sunny corridors I found many bits of art on the walls and hanging from the ceiling. Some was really cool and some was really… interesting. But then it got even better! As I went past the line I’ve never crossed before – at the intersection of Terminal F – the airport got even cooler! I found a wall lined with photographs at the microscopic level and they were beautiful! I had to stop and see what they were. After reading the info plaque I saw that it was an initiative by the Institute of Genomic Biology to bring awareness about their most recent project.
Then I came into an atrium area that was circular and had a staircase going up to a second level. In between the levels was a beautiful mosaic called “On the Wings of Water” . This mosaic is made up of 35,000 pieces of Venetian glass and tiles to show how air travel and water link cultures around the world. It was completed with help from the students in the After School Matters program.
I went up the stairs to check it out and I found a complete hydroponic urban garden!! Say Whaaaaat?? It was not only beautiful but responsible too because some of the restaurants that inhabit the O’Hare airport create dishes using the herbs and vegetables that are grown in this garden! I also noticed a lot of flight crew members enjoying their coffee and snacks between flights up there on the comfy looking green lounge chairs. They must have been savvy to this little airport gem for some time!
I have to say, I’m really proud of you, O’Hare!! And next time you’ve got some time in that airport between flights, take a hike!! And go check out all the hidden treasures that the Chicago O’Hare International Airport has to offer!! Cuz it’s a LOT!!