Chicago officials say more than 1.5 million travelers are expected to pass through the city’s two airports over Labor Day weekend, which is a significant increase from a year ago.
According to the Chicago Department of Aviation, about 1.6 million people are expected to use O’Hare and Midway International Airports between Thursday and Tuesday, based on projections provided by airlines at the two airports.
“The best of Chicago is on display in the final weeks of summer,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said in a statement. “We are especially excited to welcome visitors to our airports and our great city during this time so they can experience all that Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods have to offer.”
Officials say O’Hare expects to see an overall increase in travelers of around 7.3% over the weekend, while Monday will be the busiest travel day at the airport. At Midway, an increase of almost 50% in the number of travelers is expected, with Friday being the busiest day.
CDA officials also touted the completion of several large-scale projects around O’Hare, with the finish area now free of construction for the first time in over a year.
The airport’s main parking garage also completed a $25.5 million restoration project.
Travelers visiting Chicago should consider taking the CTA Blue Line from O’Hare or the Orange Line from Midway to avoid traffic congestion in the arrivals areas of both airports.
Mobile phone sets are also available at both airports.
Passengers can also check the CDA for information on parking at O’Hare, with economy lots filling up regularly during peak periods.
Finally, real-time wait times at TSA security checkpoints are available on the ADC website.