THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT O'HARE

Surprise! Get to know O'Hare International Airport like never before.

1. IT HAS AN AWARD-WINNING SPECIALTY BAR

ICE Dishes and Drinks was recently rated as one of the world's best airport bars by Executive Travel Magazine. The "frosty" location opened in June 2012 in the L Concourse of Terminal 3 with snowflake-shaped pendant lamps, spherical ice cubes and more than two dozen kinds of vodka.


2. IT'S GROWING A GARDEN

O'Hare is home to the nation's first-ever airport aeroponic garden that grows plants and vegetables in water and mineral nutrient solution rather than soil. The vertical garden is located in Terminal 3 and helps supply many of O'Hare's restaurants.


3. IT KEEPS GETTING GREENER

O'Hare expects to begin the installation of up to 52 acres of ground-mounted solar panels in 2014 to supply the airport with clean, renewable energy.


4. IT'S A 13-TIME CONSECUTIVE AWARD WINNER

O'Hare International Airport has been named Best Airport in North America by a leading travel magazine for 13 years in a row.


5. IT HOUSES A CHILDREN'S PLAY AREA

Terminal 2 has a free children's play area that features interactive exhibits, aviation-themed stations (including an SUV-size helicopter and an air traffic control tower), Lego/building blocks and park benches for parents.


6. IT PARTICIPATES IN PRE-CHECK

Several airlines at O'Hare participate in the TSA Pre-Check program, which allows qualified passengers to go through expedited screening through security at the airport.


7. IT HAS A FREE APP

An iPhone app released this year features O'Hare maps that help travelers locate restaurants, restrooms, baggage claim areas and other amenities. The app doesn't require 3G, a Wi-Fi connection or GPS to function, so it can be accessed easily offline. (Search "airport-maps" in the App Store to download.) Details


8. IT'S GETTING NEW BODY SCANNERS

The airport's new, faster body scanners not only screen a person in as fast as 10 seconds, but they also alleviate privacy concerns by displaying a generic human outline rather than specific body images. Details


9. IT'S REDEVELOPING INTERNATIONAL TERMINAL 5

The exciting transformation of International Terminal 5 — planned for completion in Fall 2013 — includes a renovated interior, brand new retail and dining options, and a redesigned security checkpoint for enhanced efficiency. Preview the renovations here.


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