O'Hare unveils overhaul of international terminal

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 4, 2014 at 3:41 pm •  Published: April 4, 2014

At O'Hare, the need was especially acute. Even Aviation Commissioner Rosemarie Andolino has called the old Terminal 5 an embarrassment.

It was designed with grand spaces, but after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, some of those areas were filled with expanded security checkpoints, leaving passengers with few options for eating and shopping once they passed the screening lines.

The renovated interior transformed the food court into a dining lounge with performance kitchens. New design elements include detail touches like wood paneled walls, intricate tile patterns and stylish lighting.

There is also a new 10,000-square-foot duty-free store that will offer luxury brands representing downtown Chicago's Magnificent Mile shopping district.

Even before its full completion, departing passengers last year spent an average of $18.99 in Terminal 5's shops and restaurants, the highest it's ever been.