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Dear Traveler: 

It is my pleasure to welcome you to O’Hare and Midway International Airports! 

No matter which airport you’re flying through, I hope you packed an appetite, because several mouth-watering new concessions options have opened at both of Chicago’s airports since last fall.

In November, the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) celebrated the opening of the newly renovated Central Market at Midway, marking the completion of the historic Midway Modernization Program, the most comprehensive investment in Midway’s facilities in more than two decades. Dining options include Reilly’s Daughter, M Burger, Connie’s Pizza and White Sox Bar and Grill, along with retailers like Evolve, Tumi and MAC/Jo Malone.

This January, the CDA hosted ribbon-cuttings for new O’Hare outposts of downtown favorites Bar Siena and The Hampton Social in the expanded and modernized Terminal 5. 

The CDA views these modernizations and new concessions as an opportunity to make our airports more accessible to all Chicagoans and invest in our communities by creating jobs for residents of all backgrounds and levels of experience. We share Mayor Johnson’s vision of a Chicago where business, philanthropy, community, faith-based leaders and labor work together sustainably to connect every young person with an opportunity to fulfill their potential.

You can read about all these new concessions, as well as other updates at O’Hare and Midway, in the Airport News section (pg. 42-45). 

You can also read about a variety of new international destinations served from Chicago’s airports in our Cover Feature starting on Page 8. Finally, be sure to check out updates on local sights, activities, and attractions by checking out the In Chicago section starting on Page 46. 

I hope you enjoy the spring edition of Air Chicago, and I thank you for choosing O’Hare and Midway for your travel.

Have a great trip — we can’t wait to see you back in Chicago soon!

Jamie L. Rhee
Chicago Department of Aviation 

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