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. The new Access to O'Hare via Balmoral Avenue is now open - extending west over Mannheim Road and directly connecting with Bessie Coleman Drive near the International Terminal 5. If traveling westbound on Balmoral Av. from I-294, this 4-lane extension is a new airport entry point.  Also, Balmoral Av. extension is now the main connector to east & south  Mannheim Rd. for the heading eastound from the airport.

With eight runways and about 75 million passengers annually, 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. 
- by June, 2016, American Airline will offer two daily flights to Sacramento, CA.
- between June 11 & August 1, 2016, United offers sevice to Great Falls, Montana GTF Airport.

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 by simply completing your profile, answering questions & head straight to the 'Mobile Passport Control express lane'. The App is available at both the App Store and at Google play.

 - During late May & in June 2016, TSA adds 58 more security screeners at Chicago airports and by mid-August, 250 further screeners will have been added -  while 100 TSA current screeners will change from part- to full-time hours.
 - Progress is made in increasing capacity for new airline service. 
 - 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 December 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.
On Jan. 31, 2016 it was formally announced that ORD  will embark on a $1.3B infrastructure plan:
 - American Airlines will add 5 gates at T3, to be completed by 2018 - resulting in fewer delays and shorter taxi times.
  - 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.
  - New Runway 9C/27C (east-to-west, 11,245ft long /200ft wide) with de-icing pads and new perimeter taxiways A & B- is scheduled to open in 2020.

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