O’hare Gets Largest Concessions Offering in 10 Years



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As the major hub of a world-class city, Chicago O’hare International Airport has long been globally recognized for its dining and retail options. An upcoming series of concessions offerings — the largest at O’hare in a decade — are set to further bolster that reputation, especially in the $1 billion expansion and transformation of Terminal 5. The Chicago Department of Aviation and its lessee partners are imagining a new dining and retail experience for O’hare’s more than 80 million annual passengers. As the rehabilitation of Terminal 5 nears completion, rolling openings for the new food and retail options will start this year and continue into 2023. THE NEW DINING OFFERINGS WILL INCLUDE: • The Hampton Social: Coastal-inspired cuisine and hand-crafted cocktails from a brand with locations on Chicago’s Near North Side and the surrounding suburbs • Bar Siena: A new airport outpost of the West Loop eatery known for its regional Italian fare and drinks • Farmair’s Market: A grab-and-go concept with sandwiches, salads, refreshments and other lowtouch options • Butcher and the Burger: An outpost of the popular Lincoln Park eatery offering upscale customizable burgers and breakfast in a retro counter-service • Sparrow Coffee: Local coffee roastery focused on sustainability The new dining options will complement T5’s existing fare, including the high-quality grab-and-go options at Goddess and Grocer, Big Bowl and Wow Bao. NEW RETAIL OPTIONS WILL INCLUDE: • Six Points Market and Metropolis Coffee: Retail location with a focus on travel essentials and souvenirs, with a coffee shop included • BLVD & Branch: Specialty retail outlet with a focus on electronics and accessories These new concessions agreements, along with new retail offerings, carry an additional source of pride for Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and Aviation Commissioner Jamie L. Rhee, as they will achieve an Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise participation rate of 40 percent, exceeding the CDA’S goal of 32 percent and the nationwide goal of 10 percent set by the Federal Aviation Administration. For more information on the ongoing diversity, equity and inclusion efforts at Chicago’s airports, visit flychicago.com. In addition, Terminal 5’s concessions developer, URW Airports, is embarking on several new dining and retail offerings under its development agreement, which will complement these CDA direct leases and help bring the best concessions experience to Terminal 5’s passengers. Terminal 5 will soon include Delta operations, and is already the O’hare home to Southwest Airlines and more than a dozen international carriers. The reimagining of Terminal 5 and these new offerings are a key component of O’hare 21, the curb-to-gate reinvestment strategy that will modernize facilities and offer new passenger amenities for the 21st century and beyond. Learn more at ord21.com.