For more than 50 years, the airport has been plagued by corruption and costly delays. The politically connected cash in. Meanwhile, passengers trudge through a transit hub that persistently underperforms.
This story was co-published with the Better Government Association. RELATED: O’Hare’s Billions In Broken Promises TopNext 1946 City acquires Orchard Field, which later becomes O’Hare International Airport, from the federal government. The city obtains the property at no cost. News clipping: Chicago Tribune 1955 O’Hare Airport opens for domestic commercial traffic. The new airport is … Read more
As O’Hare International Airport grew to one of the busiest transportation hubs in the world, it has left in its wake a track record of costly delays, billions in spending, and decades of broken promises.