CHICAGO O'HARE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Illinois, USA
AÉROPORT INTERNATIONAL O'HARE DE CHICAGO, État d'Illinois, ÉTATS-UNIS D'AMÉRIQUE
1. Sister city mural, Terminal 5. 2. Gallery 37, mural. 3. Chihuly Inspired Chandeliers,Terminal 2
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Arts in Action at OHare International Airport
The Chicago Airport System is committed to being a partner in Chicagos arts community, by featuring more than 30 exhibits of fine art, exhibits by area cultural institutions, outdoor sculpture, live music performances, and original artworks by some of Chicagos finest artists. At OHare International Airport, travelers can enjoy nearly 500 feet of murals in the pedestrian parking tunnel, six locations within the domestic terminals offering a sampling of some of Chicagos finest cultural offerings, a stained glass collection in International Terminal 5, and the new Visiting Curator Series that brings in Chicagos art experts to create shows featuring a vast array of styles from artists working throughout Chicago.
For information on the Chicago Airports Arts in Action Program, call the Chicago Department of Aviation at 773/686-3555, or contact us by E-mail at email@example.com
Dinosaur in Terminal 1
Airport passengers passing through United Airlines Terminal One at OHare International Airport are greeted by a four-story tall model of a Brachiosaurus, the largest mounted dinosaur in the world. The Field Museum was pleased to partner with United Airlines to introduce the Brachiosaurus to the millions of visitors who pass through OHare International each year. Brachiosaurus a plant- eating dinosaur lived 150 million years ago and was modeled from bones excavated in 1900 by Field Museum paleontologist Elmer Riggs.
Butch OHare Airplane Exhibit
Terminal 2, Ticketing Lobby, West End
This exhibit features an original F4F-3 Wildcat recovered from Lake Michigan by the United States Navy and donated to the Air Classics Museum to be restored to replicate the plane flown by Lt. Commander Edward "Butch" OHare during his Medal of Honor Flight in World War II. Sponsored by the City of Chicago and McDonalds, the exhibit honors the heroic feats of OHare International Airports namesake.
Chicago Childrens Museum KIDS ON THE FLY Interactive Exhibit
Terminal 2, through Security, to the left
Designed by the Chicago Childrens Museum at Navy Pier, this exhibit provides interactive entertainment and education with Chicago and aviation themes. It was planned with children up to twelve years of age and their families in mind, and is fully accessible to people with disabilities. Fun and educational activities at Kids on the Fly include an Air Traffic Control Tower, a Fantasy Helicopter, a Cargo Plane, Luggage Station and more!
Gallery 37 Millennium Chandeliers
Terminal 2, through Security, to the right
The chandeliers were created by Gallery 37 apprentice artists ages 14-21, under the guidance of Chihuly Studio, headquarters of renowned artist Dale Chihuly. 450 of the chandeliers created a sea of light and color in honor of the City of Chicagos International Millennium Dinner on December 31, 1999.
Gallery 37 is Chicagos internationally acclaimed job training program in the arts. Since its inception in 1991, the program has provided over 15,000 jobs for Chicago youth and 1,500 teaching jobs for professional artists.
Chicago Stained Glass Exhibit
International Terminal 5, Arrivals Area
Selections from the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows feature 43 windows from residences, public buildings and places of worship throughout Chicagos neighborhoods. This exhibit highlights diversity and style produced by local and international studios and artists including Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan among others.
Sister City Murals
Terminal 5, Arrivals Area
Beautiful murals by artists from 12 of Chicagos 22 Sister Cities show a visitors interpretation of Chicago life. Sponsored by the Department of Cultural Affairs and the City of Chicago in 1994, leading artists were brought to stay in Chicago for 30 days, and to capture their experience in an original work of art created in honor of the opening of International Terminal 5.
Gallery 37 Murals
Nearly 400 feet of murals adorn the walkways connecting OHares terminals with the parking garage and train station. Created by artists in the Gallery 37 program, "The Good Stew" captures images of Chicago urban life, while "Ive Known Rivers" brings to life the words and spirit of the Langston Hughes poem of the same name. Gallery 37 provides year-round job training in the arts for youths 14 to 21.
Four locations in the domestic terminals (two in terminal 1, one in terminal 2, and one in Terminal 3) showcase Chicagos museums to visitors with exciting exhibits that change every four to six months. Currently featured are the Schubert Theater, the Illinois Artisans Council, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Brookfield Zoo. The Art Institute of Chicago, the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, eta Theatre and more are among past exhibitors.
Post Office Gallery
Terminal 2, next to the Post Office
The award winning Heroines in Aviation Exhibit was created by the Chicago Department of Aviation in cooperation with Women in Aviation International and the Federal Aviation Administration Great Lakes Region. Curated by pilot and educator Karen McArdle, the exhibit features 12 dynamic women of a variety of backgrounds, who have chosen pioneering careers in the field of aviation.
Past exhibits in this location have included the Chicago Park Districts Cans Film Festival exhibit, and Perspectives in African American Art.
Connecting Terminal 2 and 3
Currently this location features outstanding aerial photography of Chicago by photographer Robert Cameron, combined with beautiful images from along the Chicago River by photographer Joan Lindsay. With nearly 150 feet of linear space larger scale exhibits in this location have featured the Chicago Art Dealers Association, featuring images from some of Chicagos finest galleries, and a traveling exhibit from The National Womens Hall of Fame installed at OHare International Airport in celebration of their sesquicentennial.
International Terminal 5
Visiting Curator Series
Two large gallery areas (the East Gallery encompasses departure gates M10-M21, and the West Gallery fills gates M1-M9) offer year round exhibits based on a theme, allowing a wide range of Chicago artists to showcase original work to the traveling public. "Made in Chicago" opened May, 2000, and features landscapes and urbanscapes, abstract and realistic images that capture life in Chicago from the artists perspective. "Earth and Sky," opening November, 2000, will replace the Gina Grillo photography exhibit, "Between Cultures," black and white photography that captures the immigrant experience in Chicago.