Domestic and international travel has never been easier, and it’s becoming even more accessible with every passing year. Thousands of airports are currently in operation all over the world. No matter where you want to travel or what you want to do, you should be able to find one or more airports that are perfectly suited for your journey. Each airport has its own name, but they’re often very long, so each airport is also given a short code to quickly and easily identify it. The airport code ORD is used for O'Hare International Airport. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Where is Airport Code ORD
2.History of Airport Code ORD
3.Statistics for Airport Code ORD
4.Getting To and From ORD
ORD Airport Code (O'Hare International Airport)
- Where is Airport Code ORD, Photo: Trey/stock.adobe.com
- History of Airport Code ORD, Photo: pigprox/stock.adobe.com
- Statistics for Airport Code ORD, Photo: f11photo/stock.adobe.com
- Getting To and From ORD, Photo: Iuliia Sokolovska/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: Rex Wholster/stock.adobe.com
Attraction Spotlight: Art Institute Chicago
Art Institute Chicago attracts 1.5 million visitors annually. Since its founding in 1879, the Art Institute Chicago has collected approximately 300,000 art works spanning the history of humanity and expanded into eight buildings covering nearly 1 million square feet near Lake Michigan.
The Art Institute Chicago began in 1879 as a school for the fine arts and museum in an effort to rebuild after the metropolis in Chicago had been destroyed by the Great Fire of 1871. The City of Chicago and Art Institute worked together to construct a building for the World’s Columbian Exposition which would become the Art Institute permanent home in 1893 on Michigan Avenue and Adams Street. The famous bronze lions that still flank the entrance of the Art Institute have been at the entrance from the very beginning.
The research library was constructed in 1901 followed by 8 major expansions over the last century, the most recent of which was the modern art wing in 2009. The permanent collection, which began as only a few plaster casts, has now amassed over 300,000 works from ancient human history to modern art. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the museum of the Art Institute are both internationally recognized as leaders in the world of fine arts.
The museum is open daily from 10:30am-5pm with extended hours on Thursdays when the museum stays open with free admission for Illinois residents until 8pm. There are select holidays in which the Art Institute is closed. Admission information is available online.
Collections and Exhibitions
The Exhibitions at Art Institute Chicago are always rotating and changing. With over 300,000 pieces in the collection, pieces are on exhibit temporarily and on loan to other museums and educational institutions from time to time. The current pieces on exhibit can always be found on the Art Institute Website. Past and future exhibition details can also be found online.
Currently there are over 95,000 works from the collection that can be viewed through the online database with basic information about each piece. Users can also create their own custom gallery with their favorite pieces.
African-The African collection includes more than 400 works spanning the continent but highlighting the sculptural traditions of the West Coast and Central regions. The collection includes masks, beadwork, textiles, and furniture, as well as the largest collection of African ceramics, at over 80 pieces, in any American museum.
American- This department includes work from the 18th century through modern art with more than 1,000 paintings and sculptures and 2,500 decorative objects dating back to the 17th century. The collection includes several pieces from Alfred Stieglitz, James McNeill Whistler and Georgia O’Keefe.
Ancient and Byzantine- Dating back nearly 4,000 years, this collection holds some of the earliest and most significant art in human history from ancient Byzantine, Egyptian and Roman cultures. There are more than 5,000 pieces in this collection including pottery, terracotta and stone sculpture, jewelry, and coins.
Architecture and Design- More than 250,000 objects comprise this impressive collection that is largely made up of works by Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier, along with contemporary architects Elizabeth Diller and Lindy Roy among others.
Arms, Armor, Medieval, and Renaissance- The 500-year period of European history during the Renaissance is the focus of this collection that includes paintings, sculpture, textiles, stained glass, and other objects from Italy, France, Germany, Spain, and the Netherlands.
Asian- 35,000 objects from 5 millennia of Asian history are part of this collection that highlight China, Korea, Japan, India, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East.
Contemporary- Iconic works from around the world since 1945 are featured in the Contemporary Collection that currently has more than 1,000 works from paintings to sculptures and installations. Jackson Pollock and Joan Mitchell are two of the most recognizable names of artists in this collection.
European Decorative Arts- Furniture, metalwork, glass, enamel and other decorative arts from Europe circa 1100 to present comprise this 25,000-piece collection that also includes the Arthur Rubloff Paperweight Collection.
European Painting and Sculpture- With 3,500 pieces from the 12th-29th centuries, the European Painting and sculpture collection is considered to be one of the best in the world with many rare holdings from impressionist and post-impressionist artists from the 17th and 18th centuries.
Indian Art of the Americas- Mesoamerican and Andean works with a focus on Plains Indians and the Southwest Native Americans.
Modern Art- More than 1,000 modern art pieces from Europe and the Americas including pieces from Picasso and Matisse.
Photography- With pieces dating back to the inventory of the form, this collection began in 1949 with a donation from Georgia O’Keeffe.
Prints and Drawings- These works on paper include more than 11,000 drawings and 60,000 prints dating back to the 15th century featuring strengths in the French 19th Century art forms in particular.
Textiles- The collection has some of the most ancient artifacts, going back to 300 B.C. and highlighting Pre-Columbian works.
Thorne Miniature Rooms- 68 rooms total, these miniature rooms are outfitted to the furnishings of European and American life from the 13th century through the 1930’s.
111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, 60603, Phone: 312-443-3600
Venue Spotlight: Art Institute Chicago
The Ivy Room is one of Chicago's premier private dining and event spaces. Located at Medinah Tree Studios in the heart of River North and just a few blocks from the world-renowned Magnificent Mile, and other attractions such as Millennium and Grant Parks, the Loop, and the Navy Pier, the Ivy Room is a modern oasis that exudes timeless elegance and charm. The versatile venue can accommodate a wide variety of small and large events for up to 200 guests with several beautiful spaces to choose from, including a ballroom, lower level lounge, and a pretty courtyard garden. For smaller functions, the Ivy Room has a sister space called The Dining Room at Tree Studios.
The Dining Room at Tree Studios is a beautifully appointed space with a private dining room and a state-of-the-art chef’s kitchen and can be used for smaller and more intimate cocktail parties and receptions. The kitchen’s Executive Chef can create customized menus featuring fresh, locally sourced ingredients for every budget and taste, and the Dining Room is available for day-time, as well as evening affairs.
The Ivy Room features several beautifully-appointed and versatile spaces that can accommodate up to 200 guests for intimate ceremonies and lavish receptions and formal dinners. A grand ballroom has smooth wooden floors, large windows that flood the space with natural light, cream drapery and high ceilings with downlighters that create an elegant and romantic ambiance. The ballroom is decorated in soft, neutral tones and can be adorned according to guest tastes and themes. A lower lounge offers a comfortable place for cocktail parties and smaller gatherings, and a secluded outdoor garden is ideal for alfresco-style receptions or intimate ceremonies.
Services and amenities that are available with the rental of the venue include use of the site for six hours, set-up and clean-up of the site, an onsite manager to handle all the details on the day, full kitchen facilities for catering and food preparation, a tasting menu for up top four guests, a bride’s dressing area and suite, and a coat check room with an attendant. Also offered are a doorman on the day of the event, security throughout the event, rehearsal for the wedding day, audiovisual equipment, tables and chairs, linens, napkins, silverware, glassware, and votive candles, and valet parking for an additional fee.
The Ivy Room is located at 12 East Ohio Street and valet parking for an additional fee. The venue is wheelchair accessible and has high-speed wireless Internet connectivity. The Ivy Room has easy access to many hotels, guesthouses, and other accommodations, as well as award-winning restaurants, cafés and coffee shops, bars and nightclubs. Chicago offers an array of activities and attractions to enjoy from art galleries and museums like the Art Institute of Chicago and the Richard H. Driehaus Museum, famous sites such as the Magnificent Mile and the Sky Deck on the 103rd floor of the former Sears Tower, and docent-led tours of the iconic skyscrapers, beautiful hotels and legendary houses designed by the globally acclaimed architect, Frank Lloyd Wright.
12 East Ohio Street, Chicago 60611, Phone: 312-645-7760
Attraction Spotlight: Brookfield Zoo
Brookfield Zoo in Chicago, Illinois offers more than 200 acres of landscaped zoo grounds and animal habitats to explore with dolphin shows, ape encounters, and many shopping and dining options on site. The zoo is home to nearly 450 different species and is involved in many captive breeding programs for endangered and rare species.
The Brookfield Zoo began as a zoological garden in 1919 after Edith Rockefeller McCormick donated land to the Cook County Forest Preserve who added an additional 98 acres and formed the Chicago Zoological Society two years later. A zoo tax was not approved until 1926 and the Great Depression greatly slowed construction of the zoo. In 1931 however, demand for the zoo grew and construction picked back up with the public opening happening on July 1, 1934. By the end of the summer, more than one million visitors had been welcomes at the zoo and four million more guests visited over the next two years.
The veterinary hospital, the famous central fountain named after President Theodore Roosevelt, and the children’s zoo were added in the 1950’s and a bond from the Forest Preserve enabled the zoo to expand in the 1960’s with the addition of Tropic World which was the largest Indoor zoo exhibit at the time in the entire world. Over the next two decades, the Africa, Asia, and South American habitats would be built as well.
In recent decades, the Brookfield Zoo has become involved with many conservation and breeding programs, established the Regenstein Wolf Woods and saw the addition of the Hamill Play Zoo, public pavilions, the largest hand carved carousel in the United States, and several more habitats. While some of the great exhibits of the Brookfield Zoo no longer exist such as the Children’s Zoo and Reptile House, the zoo is constantly evolving and bringing new, immersive exhibits to families.
There are more than 450 species represented in 20 distinct habitats at Brookfield Zoo. Some of the favorites animals include Eagles, Zebras, Seals, Rhinoceros, Kangaroos, Giraffes, dolphins, polar bears, lions, tigers, leopards, wolves, bison, and many species of primates. The zoo habitats include:
· Australia House
· Big Cats
· Feathers and Scales
· Fragile Desert
· Clouded Leopard Rain Forest
· Great Bear Wilderness
· Habitat Africa! The Forest
· Habitat Africa! The Savana
· Hamill Family Play Zoo
· Hamill Family Wildlife Encounters
· Hoofed Animals
· Living Coast
· Pachyderm House
· Pinniped Point
· Regenstein Wolf Woods
· Reptiles and Birds
· Salt Creek Wilderness
· Seven Seas
· The Swamp
· Tropic World
The Chicago Zoological Society established the Center for the Science of Animal Care to meet the challenges of evaluating animal wellbeing in a zoo that provides high quality animal care. The Brookfield Zoo also participates in Species Survival Plans in cooperation with other North American zoos and aquariums. The Brookfield Zoo currently participates in 87 of these plans which covers 116 different species at the zoo. Some of the animals in the program are the African Lion, Amur tiger, California sealion, Clouded Leopards, Eastern black rhinos and Gorillas.
In addition to the habitats that guests can explore at the Brookfield Zoo, there are many other attractions to be enjoyed. Many special attractions are just seasonal, or offered for a short time. These events are detailed on the Brookfield Zoo website. Special Attractions usually require additional ticketing outside of general admission.
Dolphins IN Actions- This show is an exciting way for visitors to learn about dolphins. The animals captivate audiences with their acrobatics and tricks that demonstrate both intelligence and agility in and out of the water.
Hamill Family Wild Encounters- This exhibit allows visitors to visit with animals in a hands-on capacity with opportunities to interact with and feed many different animals.
Hamill Family Play Zoo- This experience brings nature to life and allows children an interactive and imaginative play area where they can connect with the environment.
The Carousel- This hand carved Carousel is one of the largest in the country and features 72 animals and chariots on board.
Motor Safari- This guided tour is a comfortable way to get off your feet and catch a breeze. The open-air motor coaches drive between four stations located throughout the zoo and a ticket is good for unlimited rides all day.
The Chicago Zoological Society believes they have a responsibility to change the world and has designed several educational programs to foster conservation leadership and establish a link to nature for everyone in the Chicago area and beyond. There are several classes and camps at the zoo for children, Adult Classes and lectures, educator resources available to connect classrooms to the zoo, and backstage adventures available. Detailed information on the Brookfield Zoo educational offerings can be found on their website.
8400 31st street, Brookfield, Illinois 60513, Phone: 708-688-8000