Chicago O'Hare International has opened the O'Hare Urban Garden, an environmentally friendly aeroponic garden located in the mezzanine level of Terminal 3, G Concourse.
The new 928-square-foot aeroponic garden is a joint effort between the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) and HMSHost. Aeroponics is a method of growing plants in a water and mineral nutrient solution without soil.
The vegetables harvested from the garden will be used at HMSHost's O'Hare restaurants, including Tortas Frontera, Wicker Park Seafood & Sushi, Blackhawks Restaurant and Tuscany. Produce growing in the garden includes Swiss chard, sweet basil, purple basil, cilantro, dill, parsley, chives, Bibb lettuce, gourmet lettuce mix, habanero peppers, edible viola flowers, edible nasturtium flowers, thyme, oregano, red lettuce, and green beans.
"Producing and purchasing locally grown foods supports the CDA's commitment to sustainability by strengthening the local economy and job market, providing a unique learning opportunity for travelers, and reducing urban sprawl, traffic congestion, habitat loss, and pollution from transportation of produce," Chicago Aviation Commissioner Rosemarie Andolino said.