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News / Chicago has a new Events Coordinator
« on: December 06, 2023, 02:35:09 AM »
It's my pleasure to announce Kevin Huang as the new head of the Chicago Events Department!  He resided in a short role as the Assistant Events Coordinator and was found to be best suited to fill the role and continue the department in an upward direction.  Thank you Kevin for stepping up to the task, we're all counting on you!

Events / [12/22/2023 2359Z-0400Z] Home For The Holidays FNO
« on: October 31, 2023, 02:55:47 PM »

As the year comes to a close, families are travelling home to celebrate their observed holidays.  Airlines and Air Traffic Control work hand in hand to ensure they get to where they need to go safely and on time.  Join ZAU at O'Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport in Chicago for our annual Home For The Holidays event.  Even if you're not from the city or surrounding suburbs, come visit us in Chicago and swing by Navy Pier for their annual Winter Wonderland exhibit with a giant tree and indoor skating rink, Michigan Avenue for all the sights and the Bean, then head back to either airport to finish your connection home.

Pilot Briefing document:

Date - December 22, 2023
Time - 2359Z-0400Z (6PM-10PM CST)
Featured Airports - KORD, KMDW

Events / [11/27/2023 2359z-0300z] ZAU Minor Field Monday
« on: October 17, 2023, 02:50:16 PM »

ZAU presents a VFR pilot's dream, Minor Field Monday.  We will be staffing most, if not all minor fields in the center, including Great Lakes (AZO, GRR, MKG, BTL), Cedar Rapids (CID), Quad Cities (MLI), Southbend (SBN), Fort Wayne (FWA), Milwaukee (MKE), and many more!  How many airports can you land at before time is up?

Date: November 27, 2023
Time: 2359Z-0300Z

Events / [11/06/2023 2359z-0300z] Midway Monday
« on: October 17, 2023, 02:40:20 PM »

ZAU Presents our final Midway Monday of the year.  Join us at 6PM CST for Midway's year end celebration in preparation for our December 22nd "Home For The Holidays" FNO! 

Date: November 6, 2023
Time: 2359Z-0300Z
Airport: KMDW

Events / [10/09/2023 2300Z-0300Z] Midway Monday
« on: September 26, 2023, 07:53:15 PM »

The Chicago ARTCC is back for another round of Midway Monday!  Fly the busiest square mile in the world and try not to end up in the EMAS!

Event Field: KMDW
Date and Time: October 9, 2023; 2300Z-0300Z

Events / [09/18/2023 2300Z-0300Z] Milwaukee Madness
« on: August 17, 2023, 08:55:38 PM »

ZAU invites you to the fine city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin for Milwaukee Madness.  Enjoy the mind boggling taxiway and runway layout as you try to figure out where 25L is and how to get there, or cancel the flight and have the epic combo of adult beverages and cheese curds.

Airport: KMKE
Date: September 18th, 2023
Time: 2300Z-0300Z

Events / [10/15/2020 2300Z-0300Z] The O'Hare Special
« on: August 15, 2023, 03:24:19 PM »

ZAU wants to give you the most realistic O'Hare experience we can.  Runway changes, takeoff clearances where the preceding aircraft literally just rotated, 170 knots or greater to a 5 mile final, triple simultaneous independent approaches, etc.  So we bring you "The O'Hare Special!"  The city also brings a rich history for you to explore, and public transportation directly from the airport to downtown.

Airport: KORD
Date: October 15th, 2023
Time: 2300Z-0300Z

Events / [08/28/2023 2300Z-0300Z] Midway Monday
« on: August 15, 2023, 03:07:43 PM »

ZAU is back for another iteration of our popular Midway Monday!  Southwest, Frontier, Avelo, Delta, Skywest, Sun Country, all these airlines available to fly the busiest square mile in the world.

Airport: KMDW
Date: August 28th, 2023
Time: 2300Z-0300Z

Events / [07/24/2023 2300Z-0300Z] Midway Monday
« on: July 01, 2023, 03:10:48 PM »

ZAU's popular Midway Monday event is back!!!!  We will be running MDW fully staffed from 2300Z to 0300Z (6PM-10PM CDT) with Center and South Sat open.  Get a break from O'Hare and fly into the former busiest airport in the world and the current busiest square mile in the world!

Event date: July 24th, 2023
Event time: 2300Z-0300Z (6PM-10PM Central Daylight Time)

Events / [07/09/2023 1800Z-2200Z] VATVENTURE 2023
« on: June 09, 2023, 11:04:41 PM »

Time to practice rocking your wings, because ZAU is hosting another year of VATVENTURE.  We will have our event NOTICE to pilots in the next couple weeks and are excited to get you down on some colored dots! 

Date: July 9th, 2023, 1800Z-2200Z (1PM-5PM CDT)

Events / [06/09/2023 2300z-0300z] Navy Pier Night Out FNO
« on: March 24, 2023, 04:50:09 PM »

Ferris Wheel, cruises, cultural events, ice skating, etc.  Navy Pier is a staple of Chicago history, being the longest public pier in the world, and among one of the most visited places in the world.  Inspired by the vision of Daniel Burnham, the Pier was originally opened in 1916 as Municipal Pier #2 as a place "Built by the City, for the People."  As the US entered World War 1, the Pier housed soldiers, Red Cross workers, and home defense workers while serving as barracks for recruits and a jail for draft dodgers.  In honor of the Navy personnel who served in World War 1, the pier was renamed "Navy Pier" in 1927.  Throughout the years, the Pier has been home to the Navy again, the University of Illinois' first Chicago Campus, and trade shows.  In 1960 when McCormick Place took over as the home for trade shows, the vacant Pier was found to be useful for large scale events, but failed to continue in popularity as more and more events and the shipping industry moved away from it.  It fell into disuse in 1966 until 1976, during the bicentennial celebration, the City reconsidered breathing life back into this historical building and was designated a Chicago Landmark.  Explore more about the history of Navy Pier here: and come join us by flying into Chicago O'Hare International Airport and taking the Blue Line to downtown!

Event Field: Chicago O'Hare Int'l Airport [KORD]
Time: 2300Z-0300Z [6PM-10PM CDT]

Events / [02/27/2023 2359z-0400z] Milwaukee Madness
« on: February 19, 2023, 10:54:44 AM »

ZAU is back on February 27th for another round of MKE Madness!  We will be fully staffing ZAU with a focus on MKE for a full 4 hours to allow time for a turnaround or two!

Event field: KMKE
Time: February 27th, 2023, 2359z-0400z

Events / [03/20/2023 2300z-0300z] Shamrocks in Chicago
« on: February 07, 2023, 08:44:59 PM »

Every year, Chicago Plumbers Union Local 130 dyes the Chicago River green for St. Patrick's day.  Since 1962, it has been a Chicago tradition, and in 1966, the recipe was changed to a vegetable based dye to protect the environment.  This new recipe is an orange powder that turns green in the water, credited by locals to be the work of leprechauns!  Fly into Chicago O'Hare International Airport and take the Blue Line downtown to see the original green river and enjoy some deep dish pizza!

Date and Time: March 20, 2023, 2300z-0300z
Event Field: KORD

Events / [02/13/2023 2359z-0400z] Midway Mondays
« on: January 29, 2023, 07:13:43 PM »

ZAU is back for part 4 of Midway Mondays!  As usual we'll be providing full service into and out of Chicago Midway International Airport (KMDW)! 

Event time: February 13th, 2023; 2359z-0400z (6pm-10pm CST)
Event field: KMDW

Events / [01/16/2023 2359z-0400z] Midway Mondays
« on: January 04, 2023, 10:23:36 AM »

ZAU is finally back on January 16th for round 3 of Midway Mondays!  As usual, we will be fully staffing Chicago Midway International Airport (KMDW), this time a full 4 hours to allow time for a turnaround or two! 

Event airport: KMDW; Time and date: January 16th, 2023.  2359z-0400z.

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