Plans Unveiled for O’Hare Redevelopment

The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) and Westfield Concession Management have unveiled the redevelopment plans for Terminal 5 at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, which includes a transformation of the terminal, 15 new post-security dining and retail brands and new passenger amenities.

Due for completion in autumn 2013, the redevelopment will also include a new layout that “enhances the traveller experience and maximises revenues.”  Previously, 95% of concessions were located before security, making it difficult for passengers to enjoy them while waiting for flights.

The redevelopment is the first since the terminal’s construction in 1993.

Westfield and its tenant partners are investing more than $26 million into the terminal over the course of the project, generating 180 construction jobs.  The new dining and retail programme will create 100 new full-time concession jobs, adding to the existing 180 positions.

The renovated terminal interior will include a new food court, and offer a more efficient Transport Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint.  It will also have new lighting, signage, fixtures and other first-class amenities, while incorporating sustainable and recycled materials.


(Image: CDA)