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 eff​iciency 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
Fact Sheet - Language Access for the Residential Sound Insulation Program at Chicago O'Hare International Airport​

​​Odorous Windows

In 2017 and 2018 the City of Chicago ordered testing to determine the source of odors associated with some of the vinyl windows installed as part of the RSIP. All of the testing reports are provided below. 

January 2018
CDA Letter to O'Hare homeowners (January 10, 2018)​
CDA Press Release (January 10, 2018)​
October 2018​​

January 2019

The CDA launched a new mitigation effort for all homeowners impacted by odorous and mechanically deficient RSIP windows: 

Mechanical problems: The CDA has confirmed 165 homes with RSIP windows in need of mechanical repairs only and has begun addressing these homes. Homes with confirmed mechanical problems will be repaired under the manufacturer’s warranty. In the event a manufacturer’s warranty is in place but the company has gone out of business, the CDA will address repairs on outstanding mechanically defective windows.

Odor Problems: The CDA has confirmed approximately 700 homes with odorous windows. For these homes, the CDA will offer new screens. This solution was recommended by the City’s third-party expert, which confirms that replacement of PVC-coated screens with new non-PVC coated screens provides the most effective and expedient form of relief from RSIP windows odors. Work to replace screens will begin this spring, and the City estimates it can complete this mitigation in up to 300 homes per year. Any mechanical issues identified during odor mitigation will also be addressed.

To prevent defective window products being used going forward, the CDA will revise the window specification for all future RSIP phases. Specifications are currently being revised as needed with input based on an assessment by third-party architectural experts, Intertek-ATI (Intertek).​

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