ORD21 projects and improvements include so much more than
the new Global Terminal. From updated concessions to the
modernized Airport Transit System (ATS), O’Hare is
These ongoing ORD21 projects will improve the passenger
Here’s a brief look at what’s happening now at the new
Terminal 5 Expansion and Modernization
O’Hare 21 calls for significant improvements to Terminal 5 by extending
Concourse M to the east and adding ten new gates. The $1.2 billion
expansion will make way for new passenger amenities, airline lounges,
concessions spaces, and the capacity to serve more travelers more
comfortably. Terminal 5’s enhancements, designed by Muller & Muller,
maintain the integrity of the terminal’s original architecture.
The Terminal 5 expansion groundbreaking took place in March
2019 and the first completed features will be done in 2021.
These improvements include:
Additional future improvements include:
After a groundbreaking in March 2019, the Terminal 5
extended concourse is expected to be completed in early
2021; new concessions and lounges are expected to open in
late 2021; and the new baggage handling system will come
online by the end of 2022.
Modernized Airport Transit System
The Airport Transit System (ATS) is a quick and
convenient way to get around O'Hare International
Airport. An overall modernization to the ATS is underway
to upgrade technology and enhance performance of the
existing 25-year-old system. These improvements include
the addition of a larger new fleet of cars that will
double capacity of the system, providing passengers a
faster and more streamlined connection throughout the
airport. In the next year, the recently opened
Multi-Modal Facility (MMF) will incorporate an extension
of the ATS to service a new train station on the second
floor of the building.
An expanded and modernized ATS will benefit O'Hare
travelers moving between the terminals, economy parking lots
and the new MMF. The new system is scheduled to be completed
by Fall 2019.