Exhibitions at Midway


Permanent Exhibits

A number of exhibits are permanent fixtures at Midway, such as the Battle of Midway Memorial exhibit.


The Battle of Midway Memorial

One of the most popular and recognizable attractions at Midway is the Battle of Midway Memorial exhibit. In commemoration of the sacrifice of U.S. World War II veterans at the Battle of Midway, this exhibit features photographs, narratives and three interactive video kiosks with historical accounts and an SBD Dauntless aircraft hanging from the ceiling. The exhibit provides an educational experience that raises awareness of the contributions that the pilots, engineers and City of Chicago made to the World War II effort.

Dauntless Dive-Bomber

Recovered from Lake Michigan in 1991, 47 years after it had crashed during training exerices, the SBD Dauntless Dive-Bomber now hangs from the ceiling as part of the Battle of Midway Memorial exhibit. This is the same type of airplane that was flown by U.S. naval aviators in the Battle of Midway, which took place from June 4-7, 1942, and is generally considered to be the turning point of World War II in the Pacific.

"America"

"America" by Gary Weisman is a nine-foot tall bronze depiction of a military man during World War II. The sculpture was donated by the Union League of Chicago, a military support organization, and is on permanent display as part of the Battle of Midway Memorial exhibit.

Read the press release on the Battle of the Midway exhibit from 2001 here.

Remembering the Heroes of the Beirut Bombing, Honorary Plaques

Plaques honoring six Chicago-area Marines who were among the 241 servicemen killed by the bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon on October 23, 1983 are on display in Concourse C (past security). The plaques were commissioned by the USO.

Material World: A Global Family Portrait by Peter Menzel

A photographic journey of families around the world participating in everyday situations is on display in Concourse C (past security).



Rotating Exhibits

Midway is the site of revolving art and other various exhibits. Keep an eye out for new exhibits each time you visit our terminal.

Art of Science: Images from the Institute for Genomic Biology

The Art of Science: Images from the Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) exhibits some of the University of Illinois research addressing significant problems facing humanity. Treating chronic human diseases, managing new and emerging pests and pathogens, and maintaining abundant and healthy food and water supplies are just a few of the big challenges being addressed at IGB.
LOCATION:
Concourse A (past security).

The Comforts of Home – After School Matters

A multi-media mural that explores the idea of the comforts of home with images that appeal to all five senses was created by gallery 37 apprentice artists associated with the After School Matters program.
LOCATION: Entrance to Concourse A (past security).

After School Matters/gallery 37

A number of murals created by Gallery 37 apprentice artists associated with the After School Matters program.
LOCATION: The CTA Pedestrian Corridor (before security).

Make Big Plans: Daniel Burnham's Vision of an American Metropolis

An exhibit featuring illustrations, maps, and historic photos taken from the Plan of Chicago, published in 1909 by Chicago architects Daniel H. Burnham, Jr. and Edward H. Bennett. The exhibit was developed by the Newberry Library in collaboration with the Burnham Plan Centennial.
LOCATION: The CTA Pedestrian Corridor (before security).

Artistic Expression of Life in Our Chicago Neighborhoods by Hostelling International Chicago and Girl Scouts of Chicago

An exhibit of 50 paintings that portray Chicago neighborhoods and community experiences from the perspective of the youth.
LOCATION: The CTA Pedestrian Corridor (before security).

A Different Now by Jessica Rowe

A collection of photographs taken by Jessica Rowe as part of the Midwest Photographers Project of the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College Chicago.
LOCATION: The ticketing level between the Delta Airlines ticket counters and the Garage Center elevator banks.