Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Chicago O'Hare Airport ~ its' best kept secret

My husband spends time - a lot of time - in airports. And being the seasoned traveler that he is (over 70 countries), he thought he had seen just about everything there is to see in airport terminals.

That is until last week, when he discovered right here, under his nose, O'Hares' best kept secret ... the Urban Garden.

Right there, between terminal 2 and 3, the world's first aeroponic garden. This sure beats the crowded noisy spot we usually sit.

And that is not all ... it also has a lovely restaurant with comfy seats and real plates and glasses, that overlooks the garden.

And all that lovely produce ... varieties of lettuce, peppers and herbs, are used in four restaurants at the airport. How cool it that.

So next time you fly in to visit me (please), stop in to see the Urban Garden.

image credit: my sweet traveling man 


  1. Goodness! I had no idea there was a place like that at O'Hare. Of course, unless we are traveling out of the country, we usually use Midway. I did hear that O'Hare is doing a major renovation of terminal 5.

    Eating porridge in Ireland would be great fun! I wonder if they celebrate St. Patrick's day as much as we do in the U.S.??


  2. That is so cool! I've never seen that at O'Hare. I'll have to check it out next time.

  3. Over 70 coutries? Wow!!

    I'm reading Living Fields, Killing Fields at the moment. Have you read it? About the church in Cambodia in the 70s. It made me think of your time in Vietnam.


  4. I've flown into and out of O'Hare once. But that was almost 30 years ago. I suppose it has changed quite a bit in that time!

    Wouldn't it be fun to come see you =)

  5. Wow, that sounds like such a lovely place! Thanks for the tip! :)

  6. My son lives in Chicago and flies out of O'Hare quite often. I will tell him about the garden and restaurant. Sounds like a haven in a mad, crazy place!

  7. In the past (while on the job), I spent a lot of time at O'Hare including a stop in this restaurant. I don't travel much anymore...the last time was entry to the US after a European trip.

  8. Thanks for that tip Glenda (well, thank your husband!), we travel there every now and then... next time I will take my rest in the garden :)

  9. What a neat concept for an airport! Love the fact that the restaurants are able to use the produce, too. Thanks for sharing this well-kept secret! Have a blessed weekend!

  10. reminds me of a futuristic thing
    that I watched as a kid and now is coming true:)
    so pretty and SO you:)
    happy almost Friday!

  11. That is very cool indeed. I normally hate to fly into O'Hare. Storms, delays, cancellations - you name it. At least now I know where to go when I'm going nowhere :-). Have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  12. What a wonderful little haven! I've heard O'Hare is just crazy busy, so if I ever come through there, will surely check this out! :)

    Have a great weekend,

  13. What a slice of
    serenity. Even the
    chairs seem calm
    and cozy! Great
    discovery and I'll
    look forward to seeing
    it, someday....

    Happy Friday!

    xx Suzanne

  14. Had no idea this existed! When I am in O'hare I am just trying to get from one gate to another and HOPE I make my connection.

  15. Dave had begun to hate traveling, said it was such a trial. I'd tell him, "but it means we're having an adventure!" He'd just shake his head at me. He loved when we got where we were going but he hated airports. Not me, just me.ans an adventure in the making


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