The busiest travel day at both airports is projected to be Friday with 209,000 passengers at O'Hare and more than 66,000 passengers at Midway.
The CDA will continue to host live entertainment at both airports including choirs, carolers, blues and jazz musicians and a visit from Santa Claus through Tuesday. Performances will be held at O'Hare stages beyond the security checkpoints in Terminals 2 and 3, in the baggage claim area of Terminal 1 and in the Arrivals Level of International Terminal 5. Entertainment at Midway will take place in the baggage claim area.
The CDA will offer its annual complimentary gift-wrapping services in the terminals past security at both airports.
Midway will offer complimentary hot cocoa to travelers on December 23 and January 2, 2013.
Due to the routine holiday closure of the Great Lakes Naval base, the United Service Organization at both airports will have enhanced programs to accommodate the naval recruits from December 20-22. At O'Hare, the USO will set up tables in the terminals that will provide military personnel with refreshments on December 20 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on December 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The USO will also be making pancakes on December 20 and December 21 from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. in Terminals 2 and 3. At Midway, the USO will continuously serve meals, provide rest areas as well as entertainment for the recruits. In addition, the USO at Midway is providing "goodie" bags to all visitors to its USO center in Concourse C on December 24 and 31.
Families looking for a kid-friendly place to relax at O'Hare can visit the "Kids on the Fly" play area in Terminal 2. A Yoga Room is now open at O'Hare Terminal 3 Rotunda, Mezzanine Level, above the entrance to G Concourse.