Traveling with Children

"Kids on the Fly" Exhibit

The "Kids on the Fly" (KOTF) exhibit is a fun-filled space where little travelers can play and parents and caregivers can unwind before or after a flight. Children of all ages can enjoy the interactive, educational play area. They can explore an airplane, control tower and helicopter model. Each year the play area is updated with new inventive and fun activities for children to enjoy.


Terminal 2, past the security checkpoint.
The exhibit is accessible to people with disabilities.

Come and see why Nickelodeon Magazine named KOTF the "Most Awesome Airport Play Area!"


Mother's Room

Mother's Rooms are available in each terminal. This amenity offers a clean and comfortable room for traveling mothers to nurse, use a breast pump or care for young children. Each Mother’s Room features comfortable seating, a sink, electrical outlets, a diaper changing surface, soft lighting and is ADA compliant. The Mother’s Rooms at O’Hare are open 24/7 and have been designed to be secure, spacious and sanitary.

Terminal 1: B Concourse across from Gate B10
Terminal 2: F Concourse, Crossover Between Gates E5 and F8
Terminal 3: Rotunda, next to the Yoga Room and Urban Garden
Terminal 5: Near Gate M14


Unisex / Family Restrooms

Changing stations for young children are located in most restrooms throughout the terminals. Unisex family restrooms are also available in each terminal. For assistance, please ask our Public Service Representatives located at the information booths.

Family Restroom Locations:

Terminal 1 - B4 (2), B10 (2), C20(2), Baggage Claim (2)
Terminal 2 - Across from the Children's Museum (2), E5, Baggage Claim
Terminal 3 - G11, H14, H3, K1 (2), L5, Rotunda, Baggage Claim
Terminal 5 - Near Security Checkpoint, Food Court Area

Airport Restaurants

Child-friendly restaurants are easy to find at O'Hare. Most restaurants provide high chairs and children's menus. If your child(ren) like to watch the airplanes, a number of cafés and restaurants offer a fantastic window of the airfield. Take a look below to see which restaurants at O'Hare offer these great views:

Restaurants where you can see airplanes landing and taking off:

  • Berghoff Cafe: Terminal 1 near Gate C26
  • Food Court seating area: Terminal 1 near Gate C26
  • Chili's Too: Terminal 3 near Gate G10

Restaurants where you can see airplanes on the ground:

  • Tuscany Restaurant: Terminal 1 near Gate B18
  • Goose Island Beer Company: Terminal 1 near Gate C10
  • Tortas Frontera by Rick Bayless: Terminal 1 near Gate B10
                                                               Terminal 3 near Gate K4
  • Argo Tea: Terminal 2 near Gate E5
  • Wicker Park Seafood & Sushi: Terminal 2 -Main
  • Starbuck's: Terminal 2 -Main
                         Terminal 3 near Gate H1
  • Chicago Cubs Bar & Grill: Terminal 3 -Rotunda
  • Macaroni Grill: Terminal 3 near Gate K2

Tips for Getting through Security with Children

A series of tips and videos to make the security screening process easier on parents and children has been developed by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Take a look at their webpage to take advantage of these tips for a smooth walk through security at O'Hare.

Tips for Traveling With Children

Below are some additional resources on tips for traveling with children:

Passenger assistance program

Was your flight canceled and you must spend the night at O'Hare? When requested by the airlines, the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) will provide cots with a pillow, blanket, and a Passenger Amenity Kit (toiletries) to help make your unplanned stay a bit more comfortable. Check with your airline to determine if the Passenger Assistance Program is available.

More Things To Do

The Chicago Department of Aviation is proud to provide interesting and educational attractions at O'Hare.

Here are a few points of interest for travelers of all ages: