Dear Friends:


On behalf of the City of Chicago, I am honored to welcome you to our great city. It is exciting to see people traveling and visiting Chicago again.


The past year and a half have brought many challenges to our airports, but the City of Chicago and the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) have made great strides in making improvements to our world-class facilities and ensuring the safety and security of our employees and travelers. As travel rebounds, we are focused on increasing Chicago’s connectivity to the world and positioning our city as a global destination for leisure and business travelers.


People are drawn to Chicago’s diverse and dynamic cultural landscape, which encompasses exceptional architecture, sports, music, museums, restaurants, film and more, making our city feel like home to residents and visitors alike. O’Hare and Midway International Airports play a pivotal role in making the connection to these sights and experiences possible and are economic engines for the region —  supporting job creation, economic stimulation and business opportunities.


Thank you to the hard-working airport, airline and concessions staff who remained resilient and kept the airports running. The airports never closed, and even during the worst of the pandemic, the airport community continued to get people where they needed to go.


Whether you are a visitor, a connecting passenger, or a resident Chicagoan, our airports are gateways to the world. And as we continue to reopen, I am proud to welcome you back to the City of Chicago, and our world-renowned airports. Be safe, and I hope you have a wonderful time in the “City of Big Shoulders.”



Lori E. Lightfoot