CHICAGO SEES 1.8 MLN PASSENGERS AT AIRPORTS DURING THANKSGIVING

     (The following press release from Chicago Department of Aviation was  received by e-mail. The sender verified the statement.)  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  International Airports.”  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.  Passenger Amenities 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  Market.  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  International airports.  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.  Media Relations Office (773)  686-3700 cdamedia@cityofchicago.org  (rml) NY