KORD Airport Procedures

Hello and I hope everyone is having a good day. With the FNF taking place in Chicago O’Hare tomorrow I would like to give some information on this airport as it is my home airport. Sorry if I’m a little over the top on this but I would like to keep this as realistic as possible. So let’s get started!

First I am going to start with runways. O’Hare has 7 runways:


This runway is used for landings only. It is mainly used for arrivals coming from the north but isn’t used that often.
Here is the approach chart:
09L: https://skyvector.com/files/tpp/1902/pdf/00166IL9L.PDF
27R: https://skyvector.com/files/tpp/1902/pdf/00166IL27R.PDF


Runway 27L is only used for landings from aircraft coming from the north or the east. This runway is also not used very often but is used more than 09L/27R. Runway 09R is only used for departures mainly from terminal 1 (which I will show you when I get to the gates).
Here is the approach chart:
09R: https://skyvector.com/files/tpp/1902/pdf/00166IL9R.PDF
27L: https://skyvector.com/files/tpp/1902/pdf/00166IL27L.PDF


This runway is never in use so try avoid using it as much as possible.


This runway is O’Hare’s longest and biggest runway. It is mainly used to land and takeoff the heavies in O’Hare but is also used for other takeoffs and landings. This is O’Hare’s main runway so expect it to be busy.
Here is the approach chart:
10L: https://skyvector.com/files/tpp/1902/pdf/00166IL10L.PDF
28R: https://skyvector.com/files/tpp/1902/pdf/00166IL28R.PDF


This runway is used a lot for landings. With 10L/28R right next to it there is a lot of parallel approaches into this runway and 10L/28R. It is also sometimes used for departures but try to keep it mainly for arrivals.
Here is the approach chart:
10C: https://skyvector.com/files/tpp/1902/pdf/00166IL10C.PDF
28C: https://skyvector.com/files/tpp/1902/pdf/00166IL28C.PDF


This runway is used only for landings. There is quite a lot of arrivals into 10R when the wind is in that direction. 28L isn’t used very much due to having planes fly just above runway 04R/22L to land so try to not use 28L but if the wind is right, use 10R quite a lot.
Here is the approach chart:
10R: https://skyvector.com/files/tpp/1902/pdf/00166IYLY10R.PDF


This runway is used for both takeoffs and landings. The takeoffs are only from runway 22L and they happen pretty often. 22L is one of the main runways for takeoffs so use it as much as possible. 04R is only used for arrivals and is also used pretty often so use this runway as well.
Here is the approach chart:
04R: https://skyvector.com/files/tpp/1902/pdf/00166IL4R.PDF

Now that runways are done, it’s time to move on to gates. Here is a picture from IF to show the terminals:

Here is the airport chart:

Here are the terminals and what airline is in each terminal:

Terminal 1 - B Gates

These gates are used for United Airlines, Lufthansa, and ANA. Gates B16 and B17 are used for heavies only, mainly 777s and 747s.

Terminal 1 - C Gates

These gates are used for United Airlines and United Express. Gates C1-C8 are only used for United Express (E170, CRJ-200, CRJ-700). All other gates are used for only United planes.

Terminal 2 - E Gates

These gates are used for Delta, Air Canada, and United Express. Delta only operates B717, E170, and A319 in O’Hare. Air Canada only operates E175 and CRJ-900.

Terminal 2 - F Gates

These gates are the same as the E gates.

Terminal 3 - G Gates

These gates are only used for American Eagle (CRJ-200, CRJ-700, CRJ-900).

Terminal 3 - H Gates

These gates are only used for American Airlines. Only American Eagle and nothing bigger than an A321 are in these gates.

Terminal 3 - K Gates

These gates are used for American Airlines. These gates will have your 777s, 787s, any American plane that is not American Eagle.

Terminal 3 - L Gates

These gates are for Spirit Airlines, Alaska Airlines, and American Airlines. Only Alaska 737s and A320s are in O’Hare so stay away from those Dash 8s.

Terminal 5 - M Gates

These gates are your international gates for Airlines I have not stated already as well as Frontier Airlines.

Southwest does not fly to O’Hare!

Here is the link to SkyVector to look at any other charts.

Thank you for reading this and I hope to see everyone at O’Hare!


Nice info, thanks for putting this together.
If you want to go all the way, you could consider adding the approach plates for the inbound runways 😊

In IF we don’t always stick to the real airport specific regulations, but this certainly can be a great reference.


Thank you. That was my goal and idk if it’s just me but whenever I see an American plane in terminal 1, it always makes me mad lol

And good idea about the approaches, I’ll get on that

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I have the same feeling when I see a heavy taking off from runway 24 at EHAM.
We’re hinderd by to much knowledge 😉

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Speaking of which, here they are:


I can help you even more if you want.

Is that good @azeeuwnl?


I think that’s great. Maybe this could be turned into a #tutorials thread, with mod’s permission of course.

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Should I also put the departure charts?

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Iirc, there was like one or two charts. You can add them though. It will help later on tomorrow.

I just put the link to the site

I’d be more upset with those Ryanair’s parked there, but I’ll get over it 😤


Haha yeah😂

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Jeez thanks for clarifying this. Will make taxiing so much easier. Can’t wait for ATC to give us commands on exact taxiways to taxi on to get us to the correct gate. But for now, this will help a lot for tomorrow flight :)

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Should I ask a mod if I should put it in #tutorials?

You know that you need TL3 to post in #tutorials.

Yes I know, @AviationGaming said to maybe ask a mod to put it in #tutorials and I’m wondering if I should do that or not

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Thanks for all the great info. Will definitely try to use these procedures as much as possible.

Looks like the winds favor the 28s right now and probably will for most of the evening. So I see those getting a lot of action along with a lot of deps on 22L early on.

Most likely will be a wind shift (if the TAF holds true) midday that will switch the airport to the 10s, which might lighten the load on 22L.

Going to be fun to see how it all plays out. Thanks again for the detail.

Edit: sounds like they’re currently on the 28s IRL right now. Will be interesting to see where the winds are at 0600z and what is put in use. I think I prefer the 28 side from what I can tell.


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