A family-friendly yoga room has opened in Chicago's O'Hare Airport.

A family-friendly yoga room has opened in Chicago’s O’Hare Airport.
Photo credit: Chicago Department of Aviation

The next time you and the kids are stuck at Chicago‘s O’Hare Airport, you can find some inner peace.

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 has opened in Chicago's O'Hare Airport.

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.

As anyone who’s flown through Chicago knows that our on-time arrival and departure rates rank among the worst in the nation. Which is why both airports, but particularly O’Hare, have stepped up efforts to give people (and families) something to do – besides eat Auntie Annie’s pretzels.

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.