ORD 50th Anniversary

 50 Years of Connecting Chicago to the World

​​​​​​​​​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.


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!