Chicago O'Hare ORD Airport Overview

Chicago O’Hare International Airport ORD serves the State of Illinois and the Greater Chicago area. It is the Nation's second-largest Airport in terms of passenger count (the largest being Atlanta), operated by the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA).  ORD is celebrating its 50th Anniversary, and making continuous updates to its facilities to keep up with the increase of passengers.

ORD Airport is about 17 miles northwest of the Chicago Loop, in the northwestern-most corner Chicago's city limits, and is located near the Tristate Tollway (I-294) and I-I90. Motorists enter & exit via I-190, branching off I-90 (Kennedy Expwy.) leading to downtown Chicago.    NOTE:  Closure until July 2014 of the IDOT Ramp in Rosemont (Mannheim Rd/ Balmoral Ave.) detour signs will be posted.

With seven runways (the eighth runway is soon to be compled) and about 66 million passengers a year, Chicago O’Hare International Airport is an important hub for United and American Airlines, and is served by a multitude of domestic and foreign airlines offering direct and connecting flights to all points of the globe. 

The on-Airport Hilton Hotel (tel. 1-855 827-1005) also offers the use of showers at their health club for a small fee.  

O'Hare International Airport has four passenger terminals - domestic T1, T2, T3 & international T5.

Available at the ORD:
U.S. CPB Global Entry - allows pre-approved, low-risk travelers arriving at the U.S. expedited clearance.
'1-Stop' Customs clearance for international passengers arriving without checked luggage;
APC - Automated Passport Control kiosks to move quickly through customs via self-service kiosk technology.

Current & Future Airport Developments:
1. New Intermodal Facility - construction is ongoing up to 2016, including  moving rental car agencies out of various locations, and extending /creating a new ATS station - thereby enhancing connectivity between rental cars, parking facilities, roadways, CTA & Metra.
2. Road work up to 2018 includes existing Elgin O'Hare Expressway rehab & widenening;  new interchange configuration at Elgin O'Hare/I-290 and Elgin O'Hare/Illinois Route 53; new access at I-90/Elmhurst Road; Extension of existing Elgin-O'Hare Expressway to O'Hare Airport; and Western access into O'Hare Airport via York Road
3. Overhaul project on the CTA BlueLine up to year-end2018:  The project involves 12 miles of track & is to reduce transfer time O'Hare to Downtown to ten minutes.
 


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