Sited at the terminus of the Airport Transportation System (ATS) extension, the Multimodal Terminal at O’Hare International Airport combines light transit, commuter rail, regional buses, shuttles, car rental, and longer-term parking into a 3,000,000 gsf facility.
The central focus of passenger experience is a glass clad terminal pavilion that celebrates speed, movement, and transitions on the airport campus. Train arrival at the building is celebrated through views to and through the building. As passengers arrive, they descend through a light filled space that is punctuate by art and architecture. Two illuminated corridors inform movement to the parking levels beyond by way of soaring daylit atriums. For passengers arriving by car, long-term parking on the top level is broken up by two planted courtyards that serve as moments of surprise and wayfinding.
Art integration for the building was extensive and includes a collection of permanent installations commissioned by the City of Chicago and curated by Theaster Gates.
Chicago’s commitment to sustainability was fundamental. The new Terminal is anticipated to remove approximately 1.3 million vehicles from the central terminal roadways, reducing traffic and carbon dioxide emissions. The project is expected to receive LEED Silver Certification.
Amidst the stress and chaos associated with travel, the Multimodal Terminal is a place of calm and beauty.