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Transformation of Terminal 5 at Chicago O'Hare complete

A transformation project of the International Terminal 5 at Chicago O'Hare International Airport has been completed.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, US Senator Dick Durbin, the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA), and developer Westfield, joined airport and airline partners, for Fridays unveiling.

The $26 million redevelopment, features 24 new retail and dining outlets, an innovative design, range of new amenities, and a redesigned TSA checkpoint.

New and upgraded facilities include luxury restrooms, dynamic lounge style seating with outlets and USB ports to charge devices, along with new lighting, and signage.

A key feature of the new Terminal 5 is a re-engineered layout that is aimed at enhancing the experience for travellers.

Previously, 95% of the retail and F&B options were located pre-security, making it difficult for passengers to access food and retail while waiting for flights.

Dining options have been introduced to give a ‘taste of Chicago’ and include Italian cuisine at Tocco, Chinese and Thai food at Big Bowl, burgers and shakes at R.J. Grunts Burger & Fries and others.

A new 10,000 square foot duty-free store operated by Dufry has also been opened, along with a Hudson store and other retail outlets, while four stand-alone boutiques, such as Salvatore Ferragamo and Luxury Watches, and Michael Kors and Emporio Armani are opening this year.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, says: “The new International Terminal 5 revolutionises the traveller experience and will provide vital economic opportunity for years to come.

"With world-class shopping, dining and design, Terminal 5 reflects our city's distinct style and spirit, placing Chicago at the center of the global tourism conversation as we work together to reach 55 million visitors annually by 2020."

The redevelopment project has created 184 new dining and retail jobs, and the airport says growth is on path to reach a total of 410 jobs.

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