Sound Insulation Programs

O'Hare Residential Sound Insulation Program

The Mayor of Chicago, the Ch​​icago Department ​of Aviation (CDA), and the O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission (ONCC​) are strongly committed to the O'Hare Residential Sound Insulation Program (RSIP). The RSIP aims to reduce the impact of aircraft noise in homes surrounding Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

The goal of the program is to make it easier for the highest impacted homeowners surrounding O'Hare to talk on the phone, watch TV, listen to music, sleep, or have a conversation in their own homes. By properly sound-insulating these homes, homeowners not only gain a quieter​ interior, but may also benefit from long-lasting improvements and increased efficiency in their heating and cooling systems. Should your home become eligible for the program, you will receive a letter from the CDA inviting you to an informational briefing.

To date, 11,540 homes near O'Hare have been sound-insulated at a cost of more than $333 million.

Property Locator
Sound Insulating Your Home Handbook
Fact Sheet - Residential Sound Insulation Program at Chicago O'Hare International Airport
Fact Sheet - Historical Residential Sound Insulation Program at Chicago O'Hare International Airport

​​Odorous Windows

In 2017 the City of Chicago ordered testing to determine the source of sporadic odors associated with some of the windows installed as part of the Residential Sound Insulation Program (RSIP). The results of the first phase of this testing program conducted from September through December 2017 are found in a report by Amec Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure, a certified industrial hygienist consulting firm.

CDA Letter to O'Hare homeowners (January 10, 2018)​
CDA Press Release (January 10, 2018)​
Amec Report - Targeted Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Evaluations: Replacement Acoustical Window Off-Gassing Sampling and Analysis September through December 2017 (December 29, 2017)
CDA Report - Residential Sound Insulation Program Odorous Windows Report (December 29, 2017)​

CDA Press Release (July 26, 2018)​
Amec (now known as Wood) Report - Phase II Odor Complaint Acoustical Window Off-Gas Sampling and Odor Analysis January through June 2018​ (July 25, 2018)​ 
Intertek Report - ​​Window Evaluation and Mitigation Vinyl Acoustical Windows (July 19, 2018)​​

O'Hare School Sound Insulation Program

The O'Hare School Sound Insulation Program (SSIP) is the largest of its kind in the world. The goal of the program, which began in 1982, is to reduce aircraft noise levels in schools and create a quieter learning environment for students attending schools located near O'Hare.

To date, 124 schoo​ls near O'Hare have been sounds-insulated at a cost of more than $352 million.

Fact Sheet - School Sound Insulation Program at Chicago O'Hare International Airport