A kid’s guide to Chicago’s airports

Any parent that’s traveled with a child knows it isn’t easy. Often, we have to curate an in-flight experience and also find creative ways to entertain them at the airport. Next time you find yourself stuck at MDW or ORD, consider these tried and true recommendations.

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Chicago O’Hare International Airport

Best thing to see: The Sky’s the Limit art installation

This 745-foot art installation features 466 rainbow lights that illuminate the underground walkway between Concourses B and C in Terminal 1. 

Best shop: Field Museum Store

With two locations in Terminals 1 (you can’t miss the skeleton model of a Brachiosaurus near the entrance) and 3, the Field Museum Store offers unique merchandise.

Best family-friendly eatery: Chili’s Too

In addition to having chicken crispers and mac and cheese that even the pickiest eaters will love, Chili’s Too in Terminal 3 is a prime spot for kiddos to watch planes take off and land.

Best place to pick up a quick snack: Eli’s Cheesecake

With a huge selection of cheesecakes by the slice, one of Chicago’s most famous dessert shops has a small home in Terminal 1 that’ll satisfy any sweet tooth. 

Chicago Midway International Airport

Best thing to see: WWII Battle of Midway exhibit

Use some extra time at the airport as a teaching moment for your kiddo. Beneath the SBD Dauntless Dive-bomber that’s suspended from the ceiling outside Concourse A, you can check out photos and interactive video kiosks that illustrates this historic event.

Best shop: Kids Works

Near the start of Concourse B, adjacent to the Food Court, Kids Works is the holy grail store if you are looking to bribe your child for good behavior. It carries a large selection of toys, plushes, candy and books. Kids’ tablet dead? They also carry back up chargers.

Best family-friendly eatery: Reilly’s Daughter

The Irish Pub, located in Concourse A, specializes in fish and chips and has a pretty extensive children’s menu. Having a particularly hard day? The bartenders have been known to pour adult drinks into a “to-go” cup. 

Best place to pick up a quick snack: Nuts on Clark

Located in the Central Market just past security, kids can enjoy travel-sized bags of freshly made caramel corn, cheese corn, kettle corn and mixed nuts.  


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