Women’s Architectural League Foundation

Chicago’s Architectural Heritage… past, present and future

O’Hare Airport 21 Project

When: Wednesday, June 14th 2023 at 9:30AM
Where: 10510 W Zemke Blvd, Chicago, IL 60666

Named the 2022 public project of the year, the work at Terminal 5 is part of the broader 10 year O’Hare 21 Capital Improvement Plan and will transform the terminal into a modern, efficient global hub to serve the needs of the traveling public through the 21st Century.

  • Recognized for its unique contributions to diversity and inclusion
  • Increased the terminal’s gate capacity by 25% to improve efficiency and reduce
  • Passenger amenity space was increased by 75%

The existing building was expanded by approximately 350,000 square feet, with
additional renovations to 750,000 square feet of the existing structure
Starting at the City of Chicago Department of Aviation Building, three Department of
Aviation Architects will lead us on a bus tour of the expanded runway system for
approximately 1 hour. Next there will be an extended walking tour to see the additions
to Terminal 5 and the east extension facilities.


Mission Statement

Our purposes are to promote awareness and appreciation of Chicago area architecture and to provide scholarships to architectural students of the Illinois Institute of Technology and the Universities of Illinois at Chicago and Champaign-Urbana.

In 1958, a group of women who were architects or were related to architects formed the Women’s Architectural League Foundation to promote awareness and appreciation of Chicago architecture. Over the years, membership has broadened and is open to all women and men interested in architecture.

WALF members organize tours designed to deepen appreciation for both historic and contemporary Chicago architecture. Tours frequently feature buildings under construction or recently completed, led by architects involved in the project.

WALF is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that is managed by a group of nine Board members from many disciplines but all are focused on architecture and its important role in the life of our great city.

Women’s Architectural League is a 501(c)3 nonprofit in the Chicago area. ID# 30-0225557

Another interesting and informative site you may enjoy is the Women Who Built Illinois Database found at www.landmarks.org/womenwhobuiltillinois/

It includes information on over 100 female architects, engineers, developers, designers, builders, landscape architects, interior designers and clients and their projects between 1879 and 1979.

This site calls attention to the women who helped to create places that today are cherished by communities and property owners across Illinois.

This website is presented by Landmarks Illinois. WALF is grateful for this interesting presentation and all the effort that was put into the project.