Expansion of O’Hare Terminal 5 Opens for Business
City officials recently marked the grand opening of the new eastern extension of Terminal 5, a milestone in the $1.3-billion, four-year investment to expand and modernize the key gateway at O’Hare International Airport. The project increased the terminal’s capacity by 25% to improve efficiency and reduce delays.
“With new gates, increased passenger amenities, a more efficient baggage handling system, and expanded security checkpoints and customs facilities, the state-of-the-art Terminal 5 of today is equipped to handle the growing demand we expect O’Hare to see in the coming years while offering an improved passenger experience,” said Jamie L. Rhee, Chicago Department of Aviation Commissioner.
Crews broke ground in 2019 on the modernization of Terminal 5, with construction led by Austin Power Partners. Passenger amenity space was increased by 75%, and the existing building was expanded by approximately 350,000 square feet, with additional renovations to 750,000 square feet of the existing structure.