Food at O’Hare gets greener with airport garden

September 22, 2011

Associated Press

(Flickr/Scott Miller)
O’Hare will get an aeroponic veggie garden, similar to this one at Disney World.

Dining at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport just got a bit greener. That's because vegetables and herbs used at some airport restaurants will now be grown in a garden in Terminal 3.

The city's Department of Aviation says it's the world's first airport aeroponic garden. Aeroponic is a method that uses air or mist to grow plants instead of dirt.

The garden will provide year-round cultivation, and will feature an exhibit promoting the benefits of aeroponics.

The new garden is a joint project with the travel dining group HMSHost. Produce grown there, including lettuce, peppers, green beans and herbs, will go to that group's restaurants at O'Hare, including Tuscany, Blackhawks Restaurant and Wicker Park Seafood & Sushi.