DISCOVER: THE WORLD
Chicago Art Exhibits 2023
Chicago Public Art
Art of O'Hare Terminal 5
Delta Sky Club Art
St. Patrick's Day
Lori E. Lightfoot
Spring is such a lovely time to visit, whether you are here for the annual dyeing of the Chicago River for St. Patrick’s Day, an early season Cubs or White Sox game, or to sample some of our award-winning cuisines, there is so much to do and see in each of our 77 neighborhoods.
This edition of Air Chicago magazine is called “The Art Issue” and we have used it as an opportunity to shine a light on the phenomenal, unique art experiences available in our city. From our world-class museums (pg. 14) to new public art investments (pg. 8) to our up-and-coming visual artists (pg. 10), you’ll find that the arts scene in Chicago is as vibrant as anywhere else in North America.
I’m particularly proud of the new public art and place-making initiative called POPcourts! Developed through my INVEST South/West initiative, POPcourts! is creating colorful and welcoming public plazas across 10 targeted community areas on the South and West sides, providing residents with an attractive destination for active and passive recreational activities. Read more about it on Page 34.
Jamie L. Rhee
On behalf of the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA), welcome to O’Hare and Midway International Airports. Lots of exciting changes are happening at Chicago’s airports, and we’re happy you’re here to see them firsthand!
This January, the CDA joined Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot to celebrate the grand opening of the expanded and modernized Terminal 5 at O’Hare, the culmination of a $1.2 billion investment to improve the passenger experience and accommodate future growth.
Since work began in 2019, the Terminal 5 project has added 10 new gates, increased passenger amenity space by 85%, expanded security checkpoints, reconfigured the immigration and customs screening areas, and replaced the 25-year-old baggage handling system to enhance efficiencies. Last October, Delta Air Lines moved from its longtime home in Terminal 2 to newly modernized gates in Terminal 5 and opened a new Delta Sky Club lounge.
Welcome to The Art Issue. What a joy it is to have access to beautiful art and in Chicago we have art everywhere. If you are just off the plane or about to embark on your journey, then saunter around Terminal 5 where incredible works of art produced by Chicago-based artists are being installed. We outline some of the featured artists in this issue. Chicago is home to world-renowned museums, galleries and events and we share the must-see exhibits for 2023. Since the weather is warming, art enthusiasts can take to the streets and visit a wide array of public art from masters like Miró and Picasso to enjoying local murals in Pilsen or at one of the new PopCourts! locations — freshly made and colorful community gather spots built as part of Mayor Lightfoot’s INVEST South/West initiative.