A report on O'Hare International Airport

FAA airport diagram
Grumman F4F-3 Wildcat on display in O'Hare's Terminal 2, restored in the markings of "Butch" O'Hare's plane
Reconstructed Brachiosaurus skeleton, formerly in the Field Museum, exhibited at the airport since 1999
Control tower and terminals 3 & 2 seen from ATS (Airport Transit System)
United Airlines Terminal 1, Concourse B
American Airlines Terminal 3 Main Hall
The Terminal 1 underground tunnel connects Concourses B and C
United Airlines Terminal 1, Concourse B

Main international airport located on the Northwest Side of Chicago, Illinois, 17 mi northwest of the Loop business district.

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American Airlines

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Major US-based airline headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, within the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex.

Major US-based airline headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, within the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex.

DC-3 "Flagship", American's chief aircraft type during the World War II period
American operates its largest hub at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
American operates 20 of its flagship plane, the Boeing 777-300ER.
Image of the signs of the former headquarters
American Airlines' fourth logo, used from 1967 to January 17, 2013
American's previous livery on an MD-83
Passengers exiting plane at the El Paso Airport in 1957

Chicago–O'Hare – American's hub for the Midwest. American has about 35% of the market share at O'Hare, making it the airport's second largest airline after United.

United Airlines

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Major American airline headquartered at Willis Tower in Chicago, Illinois.

Major American airline headquartered at Willis Tower in Chicago, Illinois.

United Airlines' 1997–2010 logo. The 'U' Tulip was the airline's icon from 1973 to 2010
A United Airlines Boeing 787-9 with new livery at Beijing Capital International Airport.
United Polaris business class seat on the Boeing 777-300ER
United Premium Plus seat on the Boeing 787-8
Economy plus seats on a Boeing 767
New slimline economy seats on an Airbus A320-200
United Airlines Holdings World Headquarters, Willis Tower

United has eight hubs, with Chicago–O'Hare being its largest in terms of passengers carried and the number of departures.

Chicago

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Most populous city in the U.S. state of Illinois, and the third-most populous city in the United States, following New York City and Los Angeles.

Most populous city in the U.S. state of Illinois, and the third-most populous city in the United States, following New York City and Los Angeles.

Traditional Potawatomi regalia on display at the Field Museum of Natural History
An artist's rendering of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871
Court of Honor at the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893
Men outside a soup kitchen during the Great Depression (1931)
Boy from Chicago, 1941
Protesters in Grant Park outside the 1968 Democratic National Convention
Downtown and the North Side with beaches lining the waterfront
A satellite image of Chicago
Community areas of the City of Chicago
The Chicago Building (1904–05) is a prime example of the Chicago School, displaying both variations of the Chicago window.
Replica of Daniel Chester French's Statue of the Republic at the site of the World's Columbian Exposition
Downtown Chicago and the Chicago River during January 2014 cold wave
Map of racial distribution in Chicago, 2010 U.S. Census. Each dot is 25 people:
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
The Chicago Board of Trade Building
The National Hellenic Museum in Greektown is one of several ethnic museums comprising the Chicago Cultural Alliance.
A Chicago jazz club
The Chicago Theatre
The spire of the Copernicus Center is modeled on the Royal Castle in Warsaw.
Jay Pritzker Pavilion by night
Ferries offer sightseeing tours and water-taxi transportation along the Chicago River and Lake Michigan.
Aerial view of Navy Pier at night
The Magnificent Mile hosts numerous upscale stores, as well as landmarks like the Chicago Water Tower.
Chicago-style stuffed pizza
A Polish market in Chicago
Carl Sandburg's most famous description of the city is as "Hog Butcher for the World/Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat/ Player with Railroads and the Nation's Freight Handler,/ Stormy, Husky, Brawling, City of the Big Shoulders."
Chicago Half Marathon on Lake Shore Drive on the South Side
Daley Plaza with Picasso statue, City Hall in background. At right, the Daley Plaza Building contains the state law courts.
Chicago Police Department SUV, 2011
When it was opened in 1991, the central Harold Washington Library appeared in Guinness World Records as the largest municipal public library building in the world.
The University of Chicago, as seen from the Midway Plaisance
WGN began in the early days of radio and developed into a multi-platform broadcaster, including a cable television super-station.
The former Harpo Studios in West Loop, Chicago was home of The Oprah Winfrey Show from 1986 until 2011 and other Harpo Production operations until 2015.
Aerial photo of the Jane Byrne Interchange, opened in the 1960s
Chicago Union Station, opened in 1925, is the third-busiest passenger rail terminal in the United States.
Amtrak train on the Empire Builder route departs Chicago from Union Station
O'Hare International Airport
Prentice Women's Hospital on the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Downtown Campus

O'Hare International Airport is routinely ranked among the world's top six busiest airports according to tracked data by the Airports Council International.

Illinois

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State in the Midwestern United States.

State in the Midwestern United States.

Mississippian copper plate found at the Saddle Site in Union County, Illinois
Illinois in 1718, approximate modern state area highlighted, from Carte de la Louisiane et du cours du Mississipi by Guillaume de L'Isle
The bell donated by King Louis XV in 1741 to the mission at Kaskaskia. It was later called the "Liberty Bell of the West", after it was rung to celebrate U.S. victory in the Revolution
In 1818, Illinois became the 21st U.S. state. The southern portion of Illinois Territory was admitted as the state of Illinois, and the rest was joined to Michigan Territory.
[[Old State Capitol State Historic Site|
Old State Capitol]]: Abraham Lincoln and other area legislators were instrumental in moving the state capitol to centrally located Springfield in 1839.
Embarkation of Union troops from Cairo on January 10, 1862
Charles Mound, the highest natural point in Illinois at 1,235 feet above sea level, is located in the Driftless Area in the northwestern part of the state.
At 279 feet above sea level, the lowest elevation point in the state is located near Cairo and the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.
Köppen climate types of Illinois
Density map displaying the population of Illinois
The Baháʼí House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois
The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago at the heart of Chicago's financial center
Byron Nuclear Generating Station in Ogle County
Average annual wind power distribution for Illinois, 50 m height above ground (2009)
Soldier Field, Chicago
The Illinois State Capitol in Springfield
Illinois House of Representatives
Governor J. B. Pritzker (D)
University of Illinois
University of Chicago
University of Illinois Willard Airport
Inside O'Hare International Airport
Vandalia State House State Historic Site in Vandalia
The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago
Magnolia Manor is a Victorian period historic house museum in Cairo.
Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield
The Polish Museum of America in Chicago
A Railway Post Office preserved at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union
Standard license plate introduced in 2017
Standard license plate 2001 to 2016
Illinois license plate design used throughout the 1980s and 1990s, displaying the Land of Lincoln slogan that has been featured on the state's plates since 1954
Illinois 2020 Population Density Map

Chicago's O'Hare International Airport has been among the world's ten busiest airports for decades.

Midway International Airport

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Major commercial airport on the Southwest side of Chicago, Illinois, located approximately 12 miles from the Loop business district.

Major commercial airport on the Southwest side of Chicago, Illinois, located approximately 12 miles from the Loop business district.

FAA airport diagram
Sculpture at Chicago–Midway
SBD Dauntless on static display as part of the Midway memorial
The Chicago area, featuring Chicago Midway and O'Hare International Airports
Main corridor at Chicago–Midway
Southwest Airlines check-in ticket counters

Established in 1927, Midway served as Chicago's primary airport until the opening of O'Hare International Airport in 1955.

Northwest Airlines

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Major American airline founded in 1926 and absorbed into Delta Air Lines, Inc. by a merger.

Major American airline founded in 1926 and absorbed into Delta Air Lines, Inc. by a merger.

1920s roundel logo
Northwest Airlines passenger ticket from 1951
1929 Northwest Airways Waco JYM used on the Minneapolis-Chicago mail route
Rebuilt 1929 Hamilton H-47 wearing Northwest Airways markings in 2010
Northwest Douglas DC-3
Boeing 707-351B at San Francisco in 1970
Boeing 727-200 at Miami Airport in February 1971
Boeing 747 at London Gatwick Airport in 1983, in pre-merger Northwest Orient livery
Boeing 747-100 at Osaka Itami Airport ca. 1990, in post-merger Northwest livery
Northwest was one of the last passenger airlines to fly the DC-10 when its last one was retired on January 8, 2007
Northwest was also the last major US passenger airline to fly the original series Boeing 747 (pre-400 models)
This Northwest DC-10, Registration N237NW, was painted in a hybrid Northwest-KLM livery to advertise the alliance between the two airlines
NWA logo, 1989–2003
757-351 in the "Bowling Shoe" livery, used from 1989 until 2003.
A320-212 at San Jose in Northwest's final livery (2004-2010) before its closure.
Most common symbol for the merger
Northwest Cargo Boeing 747
Entrance sign to Northwest Airlines headquarters in Eagan
A Northwest Airlines 757-351
A Northwest Airbus A330-323X landing at London Gatwick Airport
A Northwest Airlines Airbus A320 landing at Vancouver International Airport
Typical dinner served in Domestic First Class
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Northwest WorldClub Chicago O’Hare International Airport Terminal 2

Chicago O'Hare

An eastbound view of the Kennedy Expressway heading toward downtown Chicago

Kennedy Expressway

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Nearly 18 mi freeway in Chicago, Illinois, United States.

Nearly 18 mi freeway in Chicago, Illinois, United States.

An eastbound view of the Kennedy Expressway heading toward downtown Chicago
Southeastward view of the Kennedy Expressway from the Montrose Blue Line Station, with the reversible express lanes to the right of the tracks
Sign over the Kennedy Expressway, at the north entrance to Hubbard's Cave, encouraging commuters to use Metra trains, such as the one seen here passing over the highway, to avoid the common congestion
Magikist Lips sign formerly located on the Kennedy Expressway at Montrose Avenue in Chicago, torn down in 2004

The freeway runs in a southeast–northwest direction between the central city neighborhood of the West Loop and O'Hare International Airport and was named in memory of the 35th U.S. President, John F. Kennedy.

A Northwest Airlines DC-9-31

McDonnell Douglas DC-9

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American five-abreast single-aisle aircraft designed and produced by the Douglas Aircraft Company.

American five-abreast single-aisle aircraft designed and produced by the Douglas Aircraft Company.

A Northwest Airlines DC-9-31
A Northwest Airlines DC-9-31
A DC-9's two-person flight deck
Four-across business class and five-across economy class seating on a DC-9
The DC-9 entered service with Delta Air Lines on December 8, 1965.
Republic Airlines DC-9-14
Scandinavian Airlines DC-9-21
USAir DC-9-31
Northwest Airlines DC-9-40
DC-9-51 of Swissair
DC-9-33F, USA Jet Airlines
Itavia DC-9 (I-TIGI) was destroyed in an accident at Ustica. Shown in the "Museo della Memoria" opened in Bologna in 2007.
President of Italy Sandro Pertini and members of the Italian national soccer team aboard MM62012 after their win at the 1982 World Cup
Comparison of McDonnell Douglas DC-9, Boeing 717, and different McDonnell Douglas MD-80 derivatives
Preserved front section at Elder Museum, Canary Islands

On December 20, 1972, North Central Airlines Flight 575, DC-9-31 registration N954N, collided during its takeoff roll with Delta Air Lines Flight 954, a Convair CV-880 that was taxiing across the same runway at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois. The DC-9 was destroyed, killing 10 and injuring 15 of the 45 people on board; two people among the 93 aboard the Convair 880 suffered minor injuries.

Final TWA logo (1996–2001)

Trans World Airlines

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Major American airline which operated from 1930 until 2001.

Major American airline which operated from 1930 until 2001.

Final TWA logo (1996–2001)
Lindbergh Line DC-2
TWA coast-to-coast schedules and route map, September 1933
A Lockheed 12A, used by TWA as an experimental/test aircraft
A TWA Douglas DC-3 is prepared for takeoff from Columbus, Ohio, in 1940.
TWA Air Mail & Express service. March, 1943
C-69-1-LO / L-049 Constellation, c/n 1970, formerly 42-94549, painted as "Star of Switzerland" of TWA, on display at the Pima Air & Space Museum
The TWA Corporate Headquarters' Building in Kansas City, Missouri with TWA Moonliner II atop its southwest corner from 1956–62 replicating the TWA Moonliner Tomorrowland attraction at Disneyland
TWA's maintenance hangar at Philadelphia airport, built in 1956, from an undated photo from Historic American Engineering Record
TWA added the Convair 880 jet airliner to its US-based fleet beginning in 1960.
The Trans World Flight Center at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York
TWA operated Boeing 707 single-aisle jets in the 1960s.
TWA operated nearly 100 Boeing 727 trijets on their US domestic routes between 1964 and closure of operations.
A TWA passenger airplane was hijacked and forced to land unexpectedly in Damascus, Syria. The Israeli passengers were arrested but were released after several days.
TWA Boeing 747SP at Heathrow Airport in 1983
TWA operated the L-1011 TriStar wide-body jetliner
At its heyday, TWA operated a fleet of 747-100 aircraft. This aircraft N93119 would later blow up in midair as TWA Flight 800.
One City Centre in downtown St. Louis, which at one time served as the headquarters of TWA
A TWA 757-231 in an AA/TWA Hybrid livery to promote their merger
The American Airlines Boeing 737-800 in TWA heritage livery (registered N915NN) is shown here taxiing to the American Airlines terminal at Miami International Airport in February 2017, more than 16 years after TWA proper ceased to exist
A Lockheed Constellation L-1649 Starliner in TWA livery, seen here parked at the TWA Hotel, which occupies the restored TWA Flight Center
Passengers from the hijacked TWA plane arrive at Lod.

TWA's St. Louis hub shrank after the acquisition, due to its proximity to American's larger hub at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

The remains of Delta Air Lines Convair 880.

1972 Chicago–O'Hare runway collision

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The remains of Delta Air Lines Convair 880.
National Transportation Safety Board diagram from its accident report showing the paths of Delta Air Lines Flight 954 (dotted red line) and North Central Airlines Flight 575 (dashed blue line) at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois, on December 20, 1972. The ground controller intended for Flight 954 to hold in the 32R run-up pad at right center, while Flight 954's flight crew intended to taxi to run-up pad 32L at lower left center via a route that intersected with Runway 27L. During its takeoff roll, North Central Flight 575 collided with Delta Flight 954 on Runway 27L at the point shown.

On December 20, 1972, North Central Airlines Flight 575 and Delta Air Lines Flight 954 collided on a runway at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois, in the United States.