The airport just opened a free yoga room — it’s on the mezzanine level of the Terminal 3 rotunda, next to the O’Hare Urban Garden, a hydroponic 26-plant area. Kids are welcome in the yoga room, as long as they are supervised.
The yoga room is only 15 x 16 feet, so it’s relatively small. It has a sustainable bamboo wood floor, a mirror wall, and exercise mats. While no classes are taught, a wall-mounted video monitor in the room shows yoga exercises and techniques, nature images, and plays soothing music. Unfortunately, you have to change your clothes in the nearby public restroom.
Family-friendly yoga room in Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. Photo credit: Chicago Department of Aviation
O’Hare’s yoga room is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., and the city’s Department of Aviation plans to open a similar space at Chicago’s Midway Airport next year.
Another great spot for kids at O’Hare is a large play area called Kids on the Fly. It’s on the upper level of Terminal 2. My kids always were amused by the darkened tunnel leading to Concourse C, which has moving walkways illuminated by kinetic neon lights and new age-y music.
But maybe next time our flight’s delayed, we’ll search out a little Namaste.
Jamie Bartosch is an award-winning newspaper reporter in suburban Chicago. She loves to travel, and blogs for TravelingMom.com from the viewpoint of a "typical suburban mom." Her goal is to provide honest, useful information to help families save time and money, and to make the most of their family vacation. A married mother of two, Jamie grew up in suburban Chicago, lived in the city for 16 years, and then moved back out to the suburbs to raise her kids. She writes as Suburban TravelingMom. Learn more about her at www.JamieBartosch.com