Chicago OHare 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.  

With eight runways 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.

Now Available at 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. 
Alternatively, arriving passengers at U.S. Airports may use Airside Mobile's  #Mobile Passport App for bypassing the waiting line at Customs /CBP - simply complete your profile, answer questions & head straight to the 'Mobile Passport Control express lane'. The App is available at both the App Store and at Google play.

NOTE:  1. Progress is made reducing delays & increase capacity for new airline service. 
2. In Oct. 2015 O'Hare opened new 7,500 foot-long runway 10R-28L - the 5th east-west parallel runway at the south airfield, while the newly opened 13-level South Air Traffic Control Tower with a geothermal energy system will manage operations at the new runway. It is expected that this will result in a strong increase of both departure & arrivals flights.

Current & Future Airport Developments: 
     New Intermodal Facility ongoing work up to 2016 includes 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.
    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.
    The CTA BlueLine overhaul project, ongoing until year-end 2018, involves 12 miles of track & is to reduce transfer time O'Hare to Downtown to ten minutes.

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