A $26M renovation is underway
at O'Hare Airport's Terminal 5.

CHICAGO-The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) and Westfield Concession Management unveiled on Oct. 16 the redevelopment plans for Terminal 5 at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Scheduled for completion in fall 2013, the redevelopment will offer post-security dining and retail along with a re-engineered layout that enhances the traveler experience and maximizes revenues.

Westfield Concession Management and its tenant partners are investing more than $26 million into the terminal over the course of the redevelopment, the first since the terminal’s construction in 1993. The redevelopment efforts are generating a total of 180 construction positions, with the new dining and retail program to create 100 new full-time concession jobs, adding to the existing 180 concession jobs for a total of approximately 280 employees.

Previously, 95% of the terminal’s dining and retail options were located pre-security, making it difficult for passengers to access dining and shopping while waiting for flights. The renovated terminal interior – including a new food court with performance kitchens – will offer a redesigned, more efficient TSA checkpoint and feature new lighting, signage, fixtures and other first-class amenities while incorporating sustainable and recycled materials.

“The reconfigured Terminal 5 raises the bar for airport concessions programs in Chicago and across the country,” said CDA Commissioner Rosemarie S. Andolino during a celebratory unveiling inside the terminal. “The redevelopment fulfills Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s vision to transform the terminal into a world-class experience for international visitors and Chicago travelers alike.”

“We are deploying Westfield’s global expertise in operating some of the most iconic shopping venues in the world to Terminal 5,” added Dominic Lowe, executive vice president, Westfield Concession Management.  “We are transforming the entire passenger experience in Terminal 5.” The redevelopment project was launched July 1, 2012.



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