Shortlisted designs unveiled for new O’Hare International terminal

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The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) has unveiled five shortlisted designs for the new O’Hare International Global Terminal, part of O’Hare’s US$8.5bn expansion.

The public now have the opportunity to review the designs and share their opinions on which best represents a modern airport and the city’s aviation future.

The winning team will deliver designs for a new, modernized terminal that aims to improve first impressions of the city for its tens of millions of annual visitors, while reflecting the legacy of Chicago’s innovation, architecture and diversity.

This unique opportunity represents the first time the City of Chicago has involved public feedback in a design competition at its airports. At 2,250,000ft², O’Hare’s new terminal will be among the largest terminals built in the USA.

Five 3D models are now on display at the Chicago Architecture Center, a special exhibit at O’Hare’s Terminal 2. Residents and the traveling public have until January 23 to view the new terminal designs and share their feedback either by visiting the terminal models at the CAC or by viewing online at

Jamie L Rhee, commissioner of CDA, said, “The new O’Hare Global Terminal is at the center of our plans to transform O’Hare from curb to gate. The new O’Hare Global Terminal represents an opportunity not only for O’Hare and its airline partners to grow, but also will fuel new opportunities for residents and businesses from our 77 communities.

“We are thrilled to engage the public now in the first of many public feedback opportunities as we embark on our expansion program.”

The five proposing teams are: Fentress-EXP-Brook-Garza Joint Venture Partners (main image); Foster Epstein Moreno Joint Venture Partners; Santiago Calatrava LLC; Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill (SOM); and Studio ORD Joint Venture Partners.

In addition to Fentress-EXP-Brook-Garza Joint Venture Partners’ entry (main image), here are the four other submissions:

Foster Epstein Moreno Joint Venture Partners

Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill (SOM)

Santiago Calatrava LLC

Studio ORD Joint Venture Partners


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