Education at Bessie Coleman Skypark
The Meigs property is blessed with an combination of attractions:
multiple aspects of nature, the innate interest people have in flight, and
the spectacular views of the Chicago skyline. Combined, these attractions
have the power to draw the attention of both adults and youth of Chicago and
focus this interest on educational activities.
Through both indoor and outdoor exhibits, the Bessie Coleman Park and
Chicago Air Museum will be an educational center, teaching Chicagoans about
the natural environment of the Lake Michigan shoreline and the science and
history of aviation.
The Chicago Air Museum
One of the premiere features of the Meigs property will be the Chicago
This facility will be created by re-purposing the existing Meigs Field
terminal building, adding permanent and visiting displays, exhibits, and
attractions for children, teens, adults, and families. Subsequently, annexes
to the building will provide additional space for aviation displays and
Human nature has a primal fascination with flight. Since the earliest
days of mankind, when soaring birds captured the imagination of our
cave-dwelling ancestors, we have been inspired to reach the sky.
Today, that fascination is reflected in such institutions as the
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, the most visited museum—of any
kind—in the world.
At the Chicago Air Museum, families will be able to explore