Kids on the Fly, a new permanent exhibit designed by Peter J. Exley Architects, with Julie Anderson Mathias Interior Architecture Studio, offers a welcome destination point for children in Terminal 2 at O'Hare International Airport. Continuing the mission of the Chicago Children's Museum, this "hands-on" satellite museum space celebrates air travel with multi-sensory activities appropriate to the world's busiest airport, all within a building type often devoid of such conveniences.

Young travellers can load cargo, sit in a cockpit of a specially designed plane, or listen to the goings-on of a simulated control tower. The architect has designed a satellite museum that upholds the standards of its parent institution and, through thoughtful coordination and detailing, withstands the extraordinary maintenance requirements of an international airport.



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