Bill Murray planned to be a doctor and took pre-med courses until he was busted for pot on September 21, 1970. As he was waiting in line to board a plane at O'Hare Airport, he jokingly told another passenger that he had 2 bombs in his bag. A ticket agent overheard him, US Marshalls searched his luggage and found 10 pounds of weed, and in a flash his college career was over. It was his 20th birthday. Source

A Chicago Transit Authority train car rests on an escalator at the O'Hare Airport station after it derailed early Monday, March 24, 2014, in Chicago. More than 30 people were injured after the train “climbed over the last stop, jumped up on the sidewalk and then went up the stairs and escalator,” according to Chicago Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago.

Photo credit: Kenneth Webster/NBC Chicago/AP


Superstructure: Helmut Jahn’s Chicago Legacy

Although born and trained in Germany, Helmut Jahn has been living and practicing architecture in Chicago since the mid-1960s. His designs there have had a major impact on the urban landscape and some of the city’s major institutions, including IIT, the University of Chicago, and O’Hare International Airport. Jahn has said that his philosophy of innovation in design “has to do more with the elimination of the inessential, than inventing something new.” From the monumental, steel-frame atrium of the Thompson Center (top) down to a series of power stations designed for University of Chicago (bottom), Jahn’s preoccupation with structure has defined his frank, gestural approach to architectural form. JAHN will be featured alongside more than a dozen other local design offices at the Chicago Architecture Biennial as part of BOLD: Alternative Scenarios for Chicago, curated by Iker Gil of MAS Context.

Train derailment at Chicago O'Hare international airport injures 32

An eight-car commuter train derailed early Monday at Chicago’s O'Hare International Airport, injuring 32 people on board after it failed to stop at an underground station at one of the nation’s busiest airports.

Chicago Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago said the train “climbed over the last stop, jumped up on the sidewalk and then went up the stairs and escalator”. Transit authority spokesman Brian Steele said authorities were trying to piece together what happened, but that the train was likely traveling too fast. Read more

Photograph: Kenneth Webster/AP

On March 23, 1963, President John F. Kennedy and Mayor Richard J. Daley formally dedicated Chicago-O’Hare International Airport. Kennedy is shown placing a wreath at the monument to Lieutenant Commander Edward “Butch” O'Hare, a World War II hero who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1942. 

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