Category: O'Hare Airport

The Chicago Way: O'Hare Airport's over-built expansion produces fewer flights

What? Wait a minute. The vaunted, costly expansion of O’Hare International Airport was supposed to double its capacity, to more than 1.6 million flights annually. That was Mayor Richard M. Daley’s promise when in 2001 he unveiled what was the most costly public works project in the city’s history–the total reconfiguration of the airport’s runways at a... Read more »

While eyes are elsewhere, a stink radiates from O'Hare Airport

While  everyone is distracted by Kim Foxx’s and a judge’s puzzling deliverance of Jussie Smollet from the judgment of the criminal justice system, almost no one is paying attention to the textbook example how the Chicago Way is stinking up O’Hare International Airport. But, it hasn’t escaped the notice of Blair Kamin, the Chicago Tribune’s Pulitzer Prize winning... Read more »

If it's got anything to do with O'Hare Airport, it's hinky

Is Chicago Tribune architect critic Blair Kamin the only newsman in Chicago who is sniffing around the latest O’Hare Airport expansion project and suspects that something doesn’t smell right? Kamin raises the issue in today’s revealing column, “A peek inside Chicago’s hush-hush competition to pick an O’Hare expansion architect: ‘This whole process has been pretty weird.'” It’s... Read more »
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No surprise: O'Hare Airport project "smells of backroom deals"

Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin smells  “backroom deals” and “smoke-filled rooms” in the latest multi-billion plan to yank the 1950s-style O’Hare International Airport into the 21st Century. Kamin was referring to the selection of five firms that are finalists for the the $8.5 billion airport expansion that include a new global “super terminal.” He complained... Read more »

The South Suburban Airport is baaaack!

As it should be. Actually, the idea of building a South Suburban Airport never left, even though former Mayor Richard M. Daley probably thought he killed it off by expanding O’Hare Airport. (Here) Actually, the idea of a South Suburban Airport has been around for decades, well before Daley ascended to the throne. Officials, transportation planners... Read more »

Problems with Elon Musk's underground rocket trip to O'Hare Airport

Before we all swoon under the hypnotic hype about Elon Musk’s proposal to build a high-speed automated people-mover between O’Hare Airport and the Loop, a few questions need to be asked. Oops, too late. As with every “bold, new mega project” here, the wowzers, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel and assorted “mover and shakers” (i.e. The Connected) expect... Read more »
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Why the media silence on the Obama center travesty?

Except for Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass (“The Barack Obama Temple of Adoration and Fealty”)  and the paper’s editorial cartoonist Scott Stantis (“Parks we wreck”), the media have generally chosen not to probe the important questions about the serious policy, environmental and legal implications that bedevil the Obama Center. The media brushed aside a lawsuit by Protect Our... Read more »

All aboard the fantasy express to O'Hare Airport

Imagine zooming 125 m.p.h underground from downtown to O’Hare Airport on a new express train and getting there in plenty of time of find out your flight has been delayed–again. Imagine making that trip in a promised 20 minutes from O’Hare to downtown after it took your flight 20 minutes to get to the terminal gate... Read more »

Analysis of the latest O'Hare Airport expansion plan that you won't find elsewhere

Why? Because as the Chicago Daily News’ urban affairs reporter I started covering the airport beat in 1972 when Richard J. (The First) Daley floated the cockamamie idea of building a third airport in Lake Michigan. As the transportation reporter, editorial board member and op-ed columnist for the Chicago Sun -Times I followed the issue... Read more »
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The Elgin-O'Hare tollroad (I-390) will never enter O'Hare

The Chicago Tribune editorial board has acknowledged what opponents of the expansion of O’Hare International Airport had long warned about: The extension of the Elgin-O’Hare tollroad (I-390) won’t for all practical purposes ever enter the airport itself to serve a western terminal that never will be built. The Chicago Tribune editorial wasn’t quite that certain,... Read more »
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