(The following press release from Chicago Department of Aviation was
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NEARLY 1.8 MILLION PASSENGERS EXPECTED AT CHICAGO’S AIRPORTS DURING
THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY PERIOD
CHICAGO – The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) anticipates nearly 1.8
million passengers will travel through Chicago’s airports for the Thanksgiving
holiday travel period between Tuesday, November 20 and Tuesday, November 27,
2012. Airlines project that Sunday, November 25 will be the busiest travel day
at both O’Hare and Midway International Airports, with more than 250,000
passengers at O’Hare, and more than 78,000 passengers at Midway.
“On behalf of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, we are pleased to welcome millions of
passengers who are traveling through Chicago’s airports during the busy
Thanksgiving holiday," said CDA Commissioner Rosemarie S. Andolino. “We are
ready to provide a safe and efficient travel experience at O’Hare and Midway
Both airports will sparkle with a festive spirit, featuring decorations
installed at both airports for the winter holiday season. On Wednesday,
November 21 blues, jazz, R&B and Celtic artists will perform in all terminals
at O’Hare and Midway from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. At Midway, airport volunteers will
offer complimentary hot cocoa to passengers on the evenings of Wednesday,
November 21 and Sunday, November 25.
The USO (United Service Organizations) center at O’Hare will set up welcome
tables past security checkpoints in each domestic terminal from noon to 8 p.m.
on Tuesday, November 20; Wednesday, November 21 and Sunday, November 25. These
tables will be staffed with USO volunteers to assist the large number of active
duty military traveling for the holiday weekend. The USO center at O’Hare is
located in Terminal 2 on the mezzanine level pre-security. The Midway USO
center is located past-security and is easily accessible to traveling military
personnel and their families.
Both airports offer a wide variety of food and beverage and retail options,
including many local favorites that help provide a Chicago experience for
travelers. Several restaurants and shops, including many Chicago favorites,
have opened or expanded locations at O’Hare including Cubs Bar & Grill and
Tortas Frontera by Rick Bayless. Travelers can also take a taste of Chicago
with them by visiting Eli’s Cheesecake Café and Garrett’s Popcorn Shops at
O’Hare or Nuts On Clark at Midway and O’Hare. Passengers can have food
delivered to their gate from select locations by using HMSHost’s B4 YOU BOARD
mobile app. The free app is available from the Apple App Store and Android
Seasonal flu shots are available at the O’Hare University of Illinois-Chicago
(UIC) medical clinic in Terminal 2 and at kiosks in each of the domestic
terminals at O’Hare.
Getting to the Airport
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) will operate more frequent service on the
Blue Line to O’Hare and the Orange Line to Midway, beginning in the afternoon
on Wednesday, November 21. The trip from downtown Chicago to O’Hare takes about
45 minutes and from downtown to Midway takes about 40 minutes.
Passengers are advised to check their airline’s Web site for the status of
their flights before leaving home. Passengers should allow time for traveling
to the airports, ticketing, checking baggage and security checkpoint process.
It is recommended that all passengers arrive at O’Hare or Midway at least two
hours before their scheduled flight departures.
Parking/ Passenger Pick-up
The hourly and daily parking rates for the main parking garage at O’Hare is $2
for the first hour and $5 for the second and third hours. Cost-conscious
travelers can take advantage of O’Hare’s two economy parking lots, priced at $9
(Lot F) and $19 per day (Lot E). Midway’s terminal parking garage costs $5 for
the first hour. Midway's economy parking locations along 55th Street are $14
per day. Real-time parking availability information for both O’Hare and Midway
is posted on www.flychicago.com<http://www.flychicago.com/>.
The CDA’s free cell phone waiting lots at O’Hare and Midway allow motorists to
temporarily park until friends, family members or business associates have
deplaned, collected baggage and are ready to be picked up curbside. The O’Hare
cell phone waiting lot is located at Economy Parking Lot F at Mannheim and
Zemke Roads. The Midway cell phone waiting lot is located at 61st Street and
Cicero Avenue, just south of the main airport entrance.
The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) is self-supporting, using no local or
state tax dollars for operations or capital improvements at O’Hare and Midway
Together, Chicago’s airports generate more than $45 billion in annual economic
activity and create 540,000 jobs for the region. Please visit
www.flychicago.com<http://www.flychicago.com/> to learn more about the Chicago
Department of Aviation.
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