DISCOVER: THE WORLD
On May 15, 2023, it was my honor to take office as the 57th Mayor of Chicago. As Mayor, I’ve quickly learned that one of the best parts of this job is welcoming visitors to our great city.
So, on behalf of the people of Chicago, let me say: Welcome!
We’re glad you’re here, and you couldn’t have picked a better time to visit our town. Summertime in Chicago is a feeling unlike any other!
First and foremost, I hope you’ll visit our iconic lakefront. Chicago is home to 26 public beaches — many of which are connected by an 18-mile bike and pedestrian path that we call the Lakefront Trail, which stretches from the diverse Edgewater neighborhood on Chicago’s North Side to the historic South Shore neighborhood on our South Side. It’s really a sight to see!
Speaking of neighborhoods — we have dozens to show you! Our city has a remarkable collection of 77 unique and diverse neighborhoods, each with its own story to tell locals and visitors alike.
Jamie L. Rhee
Welcome to Chicago’s airports! We’re delighted that you have made O’Hare or Midway a part of your summer travel plans, and we can’t wait to show you all that our great airports have to offer!
In the past year, our airports have celebrated one milestone after another, including:
•The grand opening of the new eastern extension of Terminal 5 at O’Hare, with 10 brand new gates
•The relocation of Delta Air Lines to newly renovated gates in the west wing of Terminal 5
•The opening of several new concessions locations at Midway, including Garrett Popcorn and the Orange Line restaurant as the airport completes its modernization initiative
•O’Hare regaining its status as the world’s best-connected airport, according to the Official Aviation Guide
Chicago’s chillier season is finally here, making this city a winter wonderland. With an array of festivities from outdoor holiday markets to a public tree lighting, there is no shortage of holiday spirit.
This world-class city is rich in history. In this issue of Air Chicago, we are honored to speak with social media sensation and urban historian, Shermann Thomas, aka 'Dilla.' Native to Chicago and more than familiar with the cityscape, Dilla reshapes the narrative of how Chicago is often portrayed. His powerful storytelling is making a mark both locally and nationally.