News Release
May 1, 2013

Military Appreciation Month at O’Hare, Midway International Airports Recognizes Those Who Serve

Chicago Department of Aviation, USO, airport concessionaires offer entertainment, thank you notes and concessions discounts for military personnel

CHICAGO – As 150 Illinois National Guard troops arrived home from a seven month tour of duty in Kuwait today at the Guard Armory at Midway International Airport, the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) kicked off its second annual Military Appreciation Month celebration to recognize active and former military personnel traveling through Chicago’s airports.


Every day during the month of May, the CDA, in partnership with the United Service Organization (USO) and airport concessionaires, will sponsor a series of planned events, programs and special discounts. Participating retail and food and beverage outlets will display signs offering 10-25 percent discounts at O’Hare and Midway to military personnel on Mondays and Wednesdays.


“Military Appreciation Month is an opportunity for the CDA, the USO, our airport partners and passengers and employees at Chicago’s airports to say ‘thank you’ to the men and women who serve, and who have served, our country,” said Rosemarie S. Andolino, CDA Commissioner.  “On behalf of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, we offer our support for these the men and women who defend our freedoms, and their families.”


Tuesdays will be Donation Days for the USO. Passengers and airport employees are encouraged to visit the USO Centers at each airport and donate food items such as chips, water, candy, granola bars, as well as phone calling cards, DVDs, video games, eyeglass wipes, hand sanitizer and other personal care items for use by military personnel and their families traveling through Chicago’s airports. Donation bins will be located at USO centers in Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 at O’Hare and in Concourse B at Midway.


Beginning May 9 at O’Hare, the USO will staff information tables past security checkpoints to provide bottled water for military personnel and share information about what the USO offers to service members and their families, as well as volunteer opportunities for civilians. Passengers can also fill out “Thank A Hero” note cards to leave for those serving in the military. The note cards will be on display at the USO booths as well. The tables at O’Hare will be located past security checkpoints at the following locations:


-         May 9  in Terminal 3 near the H/K Concourse from 10 a.m. to  6 p.m.;

-         May 16  in Terminal 2  near the  E/F Concourse from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.;

-     May 23 in Terminal 1 near the Dinosaur Exhibit from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and May 24 in Terminals 1, 2 and 3 at the above locations from 10 a.m. to

6 p.m.

-     May 30 in Terminal 2 near the E/F Concourse from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Note cards will also be available at the USO Center at Midway.


A variety of live entertainment, from high school drill teams to blues and jazz bands and samba dancers, will take place at both airports in celebration of Military Appreciation Month on Fridays - May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 from

2 to 5 p.m.  


At O’Hare, performances will be staged in the baggage claim area in Terminal 1 and on the lower level arrivals area in Terminal 5; and past security checkpoints in Terminals 2 and 3.  At Midway, the entertainment will take place in the baggage claim area, as well as past security checkpoints near the Food Court in Concourse B.