CHICAGO — For years, the dining options beyond security in
City officials offered details about the $26.2 million upgrade to Terminal 5 at the nation's second-busiest airport. The upgrade is expected to be finished by fall 2013.
Rosemarie Andolino, head of the Chicago Department of Aviation, said the improvements are both a bid to stimulate more international traffic for the city and to "start a customer's journey in a better environment."
For two decades, Terminal 5 has had seven restaurants and a common dining area outside security but none within, meaning travelers laying over in Chicago would need to leave security for options that include fast-food hamburgers, hot dogs and pizza. Those leaving from Chicago would need to take food through security.
"That truly was unacceptable," Andolino said. "This is long overdue."
The remodeled Terminal 5 will feature eight upscale fast-food options beyond a remodeled security checkpoint, including a third O'Hare location of