ORD 50th Anniversary

 50 Years of Connecting Chicago to the World

Timeline
EXPLORE OUR HISTORY
​​​​​​​​​A 50+ year timeline featuring some of the key events, milestones, and people which had a major impact on O’Hare’s history.  From its roots as Orchard Field to a view of the future through the O’Hare Modernization Program, O’Hare’s story reveals its impact on global aviation for the past 50 years. ​​

Future: Air Service
link to ord50th news page
Major International Gateway
Growing air service to the Chicago market is a top priority for the CDA.  About 50 passenger carriers operate at O’Hare, providing nonstop service to 200 destinations around the world.
Future: OMP
link to ord50th schedule page
Transforming O’Hare’s Airfield
​​The O’Hare Modernization Program will reconfigure O’Hare’s intersecting runways into a more modern, parallel layout, allowing for reduced delay and increased capacity.
Employee Spotlight
A celebration of people!

 

O'Hare International is home to nearly 40,000 badged employees who work in the areas of operations, safety, security, administration, favcilities, planning and  development, communications and concessions.

 

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Celebration Week
Weeklong Celebration
​​Join CDA, together with its airport partners, in a celebration of this historic milestone with a weeklong series of activities for employees and passengers of all ages at the airport.  Enjoy live music in all terminals, and discounts, specialty items and giveaways at airport concessions!