Over $550 Million Invested in Aircraft Noise Mitigation

9,924 Homes Insulated
1,954 Homes Remain

   121 Schools Completed
       3 Schools/Design and             Construction

For more information on our Sound Insulation Programs, click the links below:

Residential Sound Insulation
School Sound Insulation

Aviation Noise Resources
Noise Mitigation Agencies
FAA Noise Workshop
Noise Quest
Introduction to Noise

2013 Calendar
Meeting Schedule

Noise Complaints
Register O’Hare aircraft noise complaints with the Chicago Department of Aviation:

Noise Hotline 

Noise Online 

O'Hare Noise
Compatibility Commission

P.O. Box 1126
Des Plaines, IL 60017-1126
773 686-3198
FAX 773 462-1565

Runway 10C-28C Opens October 17;
4th in O’Hare’s Parallel Configuration 
Completion of Runway 10C/28C on October 17, 2013 marks the fourth in a future six-parallel runway configuration for the O'Hare International Airport.  read more

Southernmost Runway 10R/28L and the South Air Traffic Control Tower are scheduled for commissioning in late 2015.

For runway charts and diagrams, click below:

O’Hare Future Runways and Noise
Estimated Runway Utilization at OMP Build-Out
ONCC Aircraft Arrivals, Departures Chart

Printable full image
O’Hare Runway Use October 17, 2013

Resident Open Houses, Legislator Briefings
Show O'Hare's New East Flow-West Flow

Aviation consultant Jeffrey Jackson explains East Flow-West Flow flight paths during a Bensenville Open House for residents.

Residents and legislators from communities near O'Hare raised questions about aircraft noise and frequency of airline operations before the O'Hare Modernization Program activated new Runway 10C/28 in the southern portion of the airport on October 17, 2013.

Officials from the O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission, Chicago Department of Aviation and Federal Aviation Administration have sponsored more than 34 community open houses, legislator briefings and presentations at ONCC public meetings in an outreach effort than began in November 2012.

See the CDA-provided aerial maps that illustrate O'Hare runways related to individual communities. Click here.

Officials Describe Changes in Air,
On Ground with New Runway 10C-28C
Chicago Department of Aviation and Federal Aviation Administration officials met Nov. 9 with members of the O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission to discuss changes in the air and on the ground with commissioning of new Runway 10C-28C on October 17, 2013.  The runway is a component of the O’Hare Modernization Program. read more

CDA Issues FAQs about Runway 10C/28C
The Chicago Department of Aviation, in collaboration
with the Federal Aviation Administration, has issued
a four-page document listing questions and detailed
answers about the commissioning of new runway 10C/28/C in October 2013. read more

CDA 10C/28C Brochure


Airport Noise Management
System Reports

The Airport Noise Management System (ANMS) collects, analyzes and processes data from several sources including 33 noise monitors around O’Hare, FAA radar data, weather data and noise complaints. The City of Chicago and ONCC use this monthly data report to facilitate development and management of noise abatement programs at O’Hare.

November 2013 ANMS highlights: 
Most used departure runway--32L or 40%; most used arrival runway--27L or 37%; noise complaints, all hours--4,763 … read more.

Fly Quiet Nighttime Program Reports
The Fly Quiet Program is voluntary at O’Hare International Airport. It encourages use of designated nighttime preferential runways and flight tracks developed by the Chicago Department of Aviation in cooperation with ONCC, the airlines, pilots and air traffic controllers.

Preferred routes direct aircraft over less-populated areas such as forest preserves, highways, and commercial and industrial areas during the hours of 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Fly Quiet Report: read more

FAA Grants Two Chicago Elementary Schools
$9.3 Million for Sound Insulation Construction
St. Tarcissus School and Farnsworth Elementary
School have received $9.3 million in funding to
sound-insulate their buildings on the northwest
side of Chicago from aircraft noise at nearby O’Hare International Airport…read more

See Dramatic Reduction In O'Hare Aircraft Noise
The visual representation of aircraft noise near O’Hare Airport is presented here, beginning in 1979 and projected through the O’Hare Modernization Program Full Build-Out, based on Federal Aviation Administration projections... read more

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2012 ONCC FORWARD Annual Report
Features Noise Mitigation Progress, Data
The ONCC 2012 Annual Report, released at the
commission’s annual meeting in March 2013, features in-depth articles about successful noise mitigation projects for homes and schools as well as charts, graphs and other data related to noise abatement near O’Hare today and in the future. read more

Ridgewood Celebrates 'Sound of Silence'
Ridgewood High School in Norridge celebrated "The Sound of Silence" at its June community open house where local, state and federal officials viewed completion of a $28 million sound insulation project to abate aircraft noise from O'Hare International Airport.  read more