Photo Friday: Chicago O'Hare Bathroom

Self-covering toilet in Chicago O'Hare Airport
Self-covering toilet in Chicago O'Hare Airport

When I first saw O'Hare's self-covering toilets back in the early '90s, they seemed like the height of modern convenience (a clear plastic cover slides over the toilet seat after each use), and I expected to see them cropping up everywhere (obviously that never really happened.) Now, over 15 years later they seem dated, and I was surprised to see them still in use. Still with my luggage and a baby to manage, I appreciated having one less step in between me and the toilet.

Changing table in Chicago O'Hare Airport
Changing table in Chicago O'Hare Airport

In contrast, this was the hardest, most unforgiving changing table I've ever used. I had to hold Eilan throughout the entire diaper change to keep him from sliding off the slippery surface. I'm glad I've had lots of practice with one-handed diaper changes!

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  1. EmmaT on July 23, 2009 at 9:09 p.m.

    I think the covers look pretty swish still. Wish they had them at more airports and in aeroplanes - now that would be good, esp. on a long-haul flight.

  2. Heather on her travels on July 23, 2009 at 11:57 p.m.

    Strange what hotels consider their customers require.

    Hope my Greek tomatoes will give you something more pleasant to think about.

  3. Tim Marks on July 24, 2009 at 5:19 a.m.

    Sorry for the double entry. Hope you are all having a great time in Chitown!

  4. Helly on July 24, 2009 at 8:51 a.m.

    I love the transit corridor between terminals at O'Hare. Like the toilet cover, probably very modern in it's time, but now looks like an eighties disco with all the neon lights.

  5. Karen Banes on July 24, 2009 at 10:11 a.m.

    You can show me as many strange toilet accessories and hard changing tables as you like. I'm still jealous that you're in Chicago for BlogHer and TBEX events and I'm not! Hope you're having a great time.

  6. Dominique King on July 25, 2009 at 4:43 a.m.

    It's too early in the morning to think about bathrooms with plastic seat covers and flashing disco lights! :lol: