This New Design For Chicago O’Hare Airport Would Turn It Into A Futuristic City

Chicago O’Hare Airport is due for a facelift to the tune of $8.5 billion, and some of the designs that architects have submitted are truly spectacular.

The Chicago Department of Aviation has shared five designs currently being considered for the airport’s 2028 remodel. Spanish designer Santiago Calatrava is on the shortlist, with a design that looks straight out of science fiction.

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You may have heard the name Santiago Calatrava before, as he has designed several nationally and internationally famous structures and buildings. His portfolio includes the winged Milwaukee Art Museum in Wisconsin, the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in Dallas, the World Trade Center Transportation Hub in New York City, and even the 2004 Summer Olympics Velodrome in Athens, Greece.

The Calatrava plan for the Chicago O’Hare remodel would transform the airport into its own city, complete with gorgeous parks, trees, retail areas, and a huge central hub with a stunning glass ceiling. There would also be wide outdoor spaces connected to each terminal and plenty of room of travelers to stretch out and picnic. To see more of Calatrava’s plan, visit his website here.

To top it all off, the airport’s central hub would be connected directly to downtown Chicago through a train system. Though the final decision hasn’t yet been made, we’re hoping that this lush airport city will someday be a reality.