Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) and other stakeholders in a groundbreaking ceremony for the $1.2 billion expansion of O’Hare International (ORD) Terminal 5 that will add 350,000 sq. ft. for additional concessions and other passenger amenities.

Expected to be completed in 2021, the Terminal 5 expansion will feature 10 new gates, a 75% increase in space for passenger amenities, including 15 new dining and retail locations and expanded and improved security and immigration facilities.

“Through our modernization programs, Chicago-O’Hare will continue breaking records by improving service for travelers from curb to gate, and powering new economic opportunity at historic levels,” says CDA Commissioner Jamie Rhee.

The improvements will also include an upgrade to a state-of-the-art baggage handling system expected to be completed in 2022.

Upon completion of the new gates, Delta Air Lines will relocate to Terminal 5 from Terminal 2, paving the way for Delta and its SkyTeam alliance partners to consolidate operations within the same terminal and use a new Delta Sky Club lounge.

“The expansion of Terminal 5 is a win-win for Chicago residents, businesses, and travelers the world over,” says Matt O’Shea, Chairman of the Aviation Committee and a Chicago 19th Ward Alderman. “With more gates and more amenities to serve customers, today’s investments to expand and modernize Terminal 5 will generate a better and more connected O’Hare tomorrow.”