Private Airports in Chicago, IL
ACA utilizes the following airports to fly clients privately to/from Chicago, Illinois and neighboring areas of the mid-west.
O’Hare and Midway are popular choices, but may incur higher operational fees than local airports focused more on general and private aviation. Speak with your broker about all of the options available for your flight.
(KMDW, MDW) Midway International Airport – Chicago, Illinois
- Alias: Chicago Midway
- Runway: 6,522 feet | 6,445 feet | 5,507 feet | 5,141 feet | 3,859 feet
- FBO: Atlantic Aviation | Signature Flight Support MDW
- Customs & Immigration: Yes
- Website: http://www.flychicago.com/midway/
Fly private to the Windy City and arrive at Chicago Midway International Airport (IATA: MDW, ICAO: KMDW, FAA LID: MDW) the state’s second busiest airport, located just eight miles (13 km) from the Loop on the southwest side of the city.
Midway was the city’s primary airport until (ORD) O’Hare International claimed the throne, and together with increased regulations, Midway’s traffic and importance decreased over the following decades.
Economic growth throughout the early 21st century led to rapid expansion projects, and today, (MDW) Midway is the second busiest airport in Illinois, handling more than 22 million passengers annually, and serving as a major hub for Southwest Airlines.
When flying private to/from Midway, clients can enjoy private travel services offered by two private terminals (Atlantic Aviation | Signature Flight Support MDW), and customs & immigration services (+1 773 948 6330) are available for international travelers and clients returning to the United States.
Runways Available at Chicago Midway
(MDW) Midway Airport covers one-square mile of real-estate, and offers 5 runways for private planes, turboprops and pistons.
- 13C/31C: 6,522 feet | Air Carrier Runway, ILS-equipped
- 4R/22L: 6,445 feet | Air Carrier Runway, ILS-equipped
- 4L/22R: 5,507 feet | General Aviation and Air Taxi
- 13L/31R: 5,141 feet | General Aviation and Air Taxi | Emergency Runway for Commercial Aircraft
- 13R/31L: 3,859 feet | Light Aircraft Only | Emergency Runway for Commercial Aircraft
Please note: The airport is surrounded by buildings and other developments, and the runway’s landing thresholds are displaced to provide obstacle clearance, including shorter distances available for landings than for takeoffs. Load limits and various weather minimums are strictly followed by the FAA and operators to ensure safety. The largest aircraft at Midway typically arrive/depart using runways 4R/22L and 13C/31C, while smaller aircraft use other runways.
(KORD, ORD) O’Hare International Airport – Chicago, Illinois
- Alias: Chicago International Airport | Chicago O’Hare
- Runway: 13,000′ | 10,801′ | 9,686′ | 8,075′ | 7,967′ | 7,500′ (x3)
- FBO: Signature Flight Support ORD
- Customs & Immigration: Yes
- Website: http://www.flychicago.com/ohare/
Fly private to the Windy City and arrive at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (IATA: ORD, ICAO: KORD, FAA LID: ORD), located 17 miles (27 km) northwest of the Loop. O’Hare is the main gateway into the area, and was formerly known as Orchard Field, the source of it’s three-letter FAA identifier (read more about airport codes).
Until 1998, (ORD) Chicago O’Hare was the busiest airport in the world until restrictions were put in place to reduce flight delays, allowing Atlanta’s (ATL) Hartsfield–Jackson International to overtake the top spot — Travel and Leisure ranked Chicago’s Airport System (O’Hare and Midway) as the 2nd worst for flight delays, behind New York City’s airport line-up (JFK, Newark Liberty, and LaGuardia), and O’Hare accounts for nearly 20% of the nation’s flight cancellations and delays.
On the other hand, O’Hare has received numerous awards over the years, including being voted as the “Best Airport in North America” for 10 years by the U.S. Edition of Business Traveler Magazine (1998–2003) and Global Traveler Magazine (2004–2007)
Signature Flight Support ORD offers private travel services at their FBO, and customs & immigration services are available 24/7 for clients traveling internationally.
Runways Available at (ORD) Chicago O’Hare
(KORD) O’Hare International Airport is home to 8 runways, more than any other major international airport around the world, serving nearly 80 million passengers every year, ranking as the 6th busiest in the world and 3rd busiest in the United States.
- 4L/22R: 7,500′
- 4R/22L: 8,075′
- 9L/27R: 7,500′
- 9R/27L: 7,967′
- 10R/28L: 7,500′
- 10C/28C: 10,801′
- 10L/28R: 13,000′
- 15/33: 9,686′
(KPWK, PWK) Chicago Executive Airport – Wheeling, Illinois
- Alias: Palwaukee Municipal Airport | ChiExec
- Runway: 5,001 feet | 4,415 feet | 3,677 feet
- FBO: Atlantic Aviation | Hawthorne Global Aviation Services | Signature Flight Support PWK
- Customs & Immigration: 2 hour notice required; Friday for weekend arrivals | Mon-Fri 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
- Website: http://chiexec.com/
Hire a private flight to Chicago Executive Airport (IATA: PWK, ICAO: KPWK, FAA LID: PWK), formerly known as the Palwaukee Municipal. PWK is located in Wheelingm, Illinois, about 18 miles (33 km) northwest of downtown.
(KPWK) Chicago Executive records more than 77,000 aircraft movements annually, making it the 4th busiest in Illinois. It’s equipped with three runways in total, measuring 5,001 feet, 4,415 feet and 3,677 feet, allowing light-midsize business planes and turboprops to arrive/depart with reduced traffic and congestion.
Three fixed-base operators at Chicago Executive (Atlantic Aviation, Signature Flight Support, and Hawthorne Global Aviation Services) provide fueling and handling for private aircraft, and a variety of travel services for executive and leisure travelers.
(KDPA, DPA) DuPage Airport – West Chicago, Illinois
- Runway: 7,570 feet
- FBO: DuPage Flight Center
- Customs & Immigration: 24 hours customs with PNR
- Website: http://www.dupageairport.com/
Charter a private flight to DuPage Airport (IATA: DPA, ICAO: KDPA, FAA LID: DPA), a general aviation field located in DuPage County, 29 miles (47 km) west of downtown Chicago. It also serves as a reliever for both O’Hare and Midway.
There are four separate facilities at (DPA) DuPage — the DuPage Airport, one of the busiest in Illinois, its on-site FBO (DuPage Flight Center), a Robert Trent Jones, Jr. designed golf course, and the largest corporate research and development park in DuPage County.
(KDPA) DuPage is the only general aviation field in Illinois with four active runways, two ILS approaches, a 24-hour FAA air control tower, and over 40 aviation and non-aviation support businesses. DuPage also features an on-site U.S. Customs Office (+1 630 208 6490).
(KUGN, UGN) Waukegan National Airport – Waukegan, Illinois
- Runway: 6,000 feet
- FBO: Signature Flight Support UGN
- Customs & Immigration: Yes (scheduled service; O/T available)
- Website: http://waukeganairport.com/
Rent a private turboprop and fly to Waukegan National Airport (IATA: UGN, ICAO: KUGN, FAA LID: UGN), a public use airport located 35 nautical miles (65 km) north of downtown Chicago in Waukegan, Illinois.
(UGN) Waukegan National is categorized as a reliever for O’Hare, and it’s the second busiest airport in Illinois for international arrivals. Two runways are available — 5/23, measuring 6,000 feet, and 14/32, measuring 3,751 feet — and FBO service is provided by Signature Flight Support.
Please note that although Waukegan National is operational 24 hours a day, customs availability is scheduled between 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (local time) between Monday – Friday. Customs is still available at anytime given two hours notice (+1 847 336 2136), and weekend arrivals must be scheduled before 4 p.m. Friday CST. Overtime rates applicable outside of normal operating hours: $225/hour.
Additional Airports | Illinois, Indiana & Wisconsin
Private aviation allows clients to arrive and depart using more than 100x the number of airports commercial airlines use, allowing clients to arrive closer to their destination, reduce costs using airports dedicated to private and general aviation, or reach remote, exotic destinations. These additional airports are located within 50 miles of Chicago; if you don’t see your preferred airport listed, contact one of our brokers with your trip details.
- (KGYY, GYY) Gary/Chicago International Airport – Gary, Indiana
13,000′ | FBO: Gary Jet Center — B. Coleman Aviation
- (KIGQ, IGQ) Lansing Municipal – Chicago/Lynwood, IL
4,002′ | FBO: Windy City Aero — Village of Lansing Municipal Airport
- (K06C, 06C) Schaumburg Regional – Chicago/Schaumburg, IL
- (K05C, 05C) Griffith-Merrillville Airport – Griffith, IN
- (K1C5, 1C5) Bolingbrook’s Clow Int’l – Bolingbrook, IL
3,362′ | FBO: A&M Aviation
- (K3HO, 3HO) Hobart Sky Ranch – Hobart, IN
- (KLOT, LOT) Lewis University Airport – Romeoville, IL
6,500′ | FBO: Lewis Airport University
- (K3CK, 3CK) Lake in the Hills Airport – Lake in the Hills, IL
- (KMGC, MGC) Michigan City Municipal – Michigan City, IN
4,100′ | FBO: Michigan City Municipal
- (KVPZ, VPZ) Porter County Municipal – Valparaiso, IN
- (KARR, ARR, AUZ) Aurora Municipal – Sugar Grove, IL
6,501′ | FBO: J.A. Air Center
- (KPPO, PPO) La Porte Municpial Airport – LaPorte, IN
- (KENW, ENW) Kenosha Regional – Kenosha, WI
5,499′ | FBO: Kenosha Aviation — Stein’s Aircraft Services
- (KDKB, DKB) DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport – DeKalb, IL
7,026′ | FBO: DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport
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