A Guide to KORD: Chicago O'Hare International!

Hello all! As some of you might know I am a proud member of the KORD realism police. This topic is meant to be informational as a pilot to help you navigate one of the busiest airports in the world with ease!

Basic Airfield Information


Runway Number Length (Feet, Meters) Material
4L/22R 7,500 2,286 Asphalt
4R/22L 8,075 2,461 Asphalt
9L/27R 7,500 2,286 Concrete
9R/27L 7,967 2,428 Asphalt/Concrete
10R/28L 7,500 2,286 Concrete
10C/28C 10,801 3,292 Concrete
10L/28R 13,000 3,962 Asphalt/Concrete

Want to learn more about which runways to use? Check out this topic!

KORD Airport Diagram

File:FAA O'Hare Diagram.svg

Terminal Information

KORD Utilizes 4 Terminals along with 2 Main Cargo Aprons. These 4 Terminals offer hubs to American and United Airlines, as well as an assortment of other airlines from the appropriate alliances, Spirit, Alaska, and Delta among other common American Carriers. Terminal 5 is reserved for the majority of International Flights and most International Arrivals.

Terminal 1 "B and C Gates and Concourses" 

Terminal one is the sole Headquarters of United Airlines. Ther Terminal offers 55 gates. Concourse B offers gates B1-B12, B14, B16, B16A, B17, B17A, B18-24 gates, while Concourse C offers C1 to C10, C10A, C11, C15, C16, C16A, C17, C18, C18A, and from C19 to C31. This Concourse houses United Airlines International Departures and Domestic Departures and Arrivals. The Terminal also houses ANA Departures, Lufthansa Departures, and select United Express Flights. Usually those in the Embraer Aircraft.

Airlines: United (INTL Depts) United (Domestic Arrivals + Departures), ANA (Departures), Lufthansa (Departures), and Select United Express Flights

Terminal 2 " E and F Gates and Concourses" 

Terminal 2 is composed of 2 main lounges, the Delta Sky Club Lounge and the United Club. The Terminal Offers 41 gates across 2 concourses. Concourse E Offers E1 to E17 and is home to Delta Airline’s Operations at KORD. You may also see JetBlue use these gates. Concourse F is the ORD home of United Express and Air Canada. It houses gates F1 to F12, from F14 to F17, from F19 to F23, F24 and F25, and gates from F26 to F28.

Airlines: Air Canada (Arrivals and Departures), Delta and Delta Shuttle Airlines, JetBlue

Terminal 3 "G, H, K, and L Gates and Concourses"

Terminal 3 serves as a hub for American Airlines and a Focus City for Spirit Airlines. It offers 89 gates that serves International and Domestic Destinations alike. Concourse G offers gates G1A, G1B, G2A, G2B, G3-G5, G6A, G6B, G7-G14, G14A, G15-G21. The G gates you will find American (Domestic and International Departures and Domestic Arrivals), Japan Airlines (INTL Departures only), Iberia Airlines (INTL Departures Only), and Alaskan Airlines domestic departures and arrivals. The H concourse serves gates H1-H18. This is the primary base for American and American Eagle Flights. The K concourse is made up of gates K1-K5, K6A, K6B, K7-K17 and primarily serves American Eagle Flights, you will also find some American Domestic Destinations. The L concourse primarily serves Spirit Airlines and some small charter and commercial services and their wonderful holiday destinations. The gates are L1, L2A, L2B, L3-L5, L6A, L6B, L7-L9, L10A, L10B, L10C, L11, L11a, L11b.

Airlines: Air Choice One, American Airlines (Domestic and International Departures, Domestic Arrivals) American Eagle, Boutique Air, Cape Air, Iberian Airlines (INTL Departures only), Japan Airlines (INTL Departures Only), Spirit Airlines (Domestic and International Departures, Domestic Arrivals Only)

Terminal 5 "The M Concourse and Gates"

Terminal 5 is the international powerhouse of KORD. The only area in the airport with public International Customs, nearly all International Arrivals (with the exception of flights from pre-clearance countries), arrive and deplane at Terminal 5. The Terminal also serves many airlines in its 21 gates offered. M1-M21.

Airlines Serving Arrivals ONLY into terminal 5: American Airlines, ANA, Iberia, Japan Airlines, Lufthansa, Spirit, United

Airlines Serving Departures and Arrivals from Terminal 5: Aer Lingus, Aeromexico, Air France, Air India, Air New Zealand, Alitalia, Austrian, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, China Eastern, Copa Airlines, EVA Air, Emirates, Ethiopian, Etihad, Finnair, Frontier, Hainan, Icelandair, Interjet, KLM, Korean, LOT Polish, Norweigan, Qatar, Royal Jordanian, SWISS, SAS, Sun Country, Southwest, TAP Air Portugal, Turkish VivaAerobus, Volaris



  • KORD Does not use and SID or Standard Instrument Departures. This means that they use the VOR’s surrounding the Chicago area to vector pilots out of the airspace based on 5 main points, one North, 2 South, West, and East.


  • KORD Uses the Following stars based on direction:


  • ERNNY6 (9’s, 10’s, 27’s, 28’s)
  • MADII 5 (4R, 27’s 28’'s)
  • WYNDE1 (9’s, 10’s, 27’s, 28’s)
  • FYTTE5 (9’s, 10’s)


  • ESSPO4 (9’s, 10’s, 22R)
  • VEECK4 (9’s, 10’s, 22R)
  • WATSN 3 (ALL)
  • BDF7 (ALL)
  • BENKY 5 (9’s, 10’s, 22R, 4R)
  • SHAIN1 - (9’s 10’s)
  • TRTLL5 (9’s 10’s, 4R)


  • OXI81 (ALL)


  • JVL9 (ALL)

I hope you all learned a little bit about KORD! This airport is extremely fun to fly into and offers a HUGE range of route options! In the future, I will edit this to go in-depth about the Cargo Services at KORD! I hope to see you all in the sky or on the ground soon. Till the next time, Blue Skies and Tailwinds! (Credit to @Gliding_Central for the blue banners!)

Great tutorial of my home airport! Thanks for linking my topic!


Nice guide!!

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Update: What happened to Runway 4L/22R in the game? It has disappeared, but IAP Charts still exist.


Looks like it has been closed and possibly removed? I think they’re planning to add another parallel on there. The User who reworked KORD in the latest update made a topic about it here


Hi, in the most recent imagery used to rework ORD 4R/22L was not showing, so it was removed. Once newer imagery is available the airport will be updated.

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Was not removed, is not removed…is in the current charts. Not sure where the scenery came from, but the chart active for 25 FEB 2021 to 25 MAR 2021 shows it there, unchanged

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As I have said before, the latest imagery that is available via SASPlanet may not reflect what charts show. I’m aware that the current charts show it and I am aware that it currently exists in real life.
This is what is currently available through bing

Sadly, the current imagery available on google earth is not entirely up to date. Once newer imagery is released including the full upgrade (including 27C/9C), the airport will be updated to reflect that.


Any word when that might be updated ?

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At this moment the Airport Editing Team doesn’t have an estimate as to when the airport can be updated. It has mentioned before that the imagery available now is a main challenge, the last editor who worked on KORD will update the airport when newer imagery is available, in the meantime it will remain like that I’m afraid.

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Hi, newer imagery currently is available. I plan to update the airport, but currently I don’t have any timeline to provide.

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Thanks for posting this info. Love flying out or using O’Hare as a refueling point on coast to coast trips.


So 27C is permanently closed, but 22R is back open and active but still missing in IF. Any idea now when it will return?

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I no longer have control over this because I do not have access to the new editor. If somehow I can get access to the new editor I would add it ASAP!

Not sure where you saw that 27C was closed, but considering it was operating today gonna say that information is wrong. I know 27L was getting a extension, so it might’ve been temporarily closed, but now it’s back open, so that’s the extent of runway closures for the 27’s.

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So Chicago got broken and because the editor changed simply can’t/won’t be fixed? Does it have to be a specific person?

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Thanks for the great information! I would just like to point out some minor corrections:

  1. Runway 9C/27C opened recently
  2. Terminal 1 also has Gate C12, but it’s shared with C10 for widebodies
  3. JetBlue actually uses the G gates at KORD–not E
  4. Air Canada operates out of Concourse E–not F
  5. Japan Airlines and Iberia operate out of Concourse K–not G
  6. Finally, Gates K7, K11, K14, and K17 don’t actually exist. In addition, you forgot K18, K19, and K20
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I hope since they said they are adding ORD soon we finally get that new runway.

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And maybe a couple of more new runways…