A new major lounge has been revealed for the new Terminal 5 expansion at O’Hare International Airport. The lounge will be for LOT Polish Airlines, the national carrier of Poland who flies multiple times a day to Chicago. The space will bring additional amenities to the terminal and is being designed by local-firm KOO Architecture according to the airline’s press release.
The lounge will sit within the concourse expansion of the terminal’s original building. With over 80,000 square-feet of space, the expansion complements the 10-gate extension to the eastern end of the 1993 building. Aside from new concession spaces, waiting rooms, and baggage handling facilities, the added structure also contains an indoor bus ramp to transport passengers to the central terminal core where partner United is located.
With an expansive Polish population and recent designation of N Milwaukee Avenue as a historic Polish district, it’s no surprise that Chicago is LOT’s largest outstation serving both Warsaw and Krakow. With up to three flights a day, the airline has decided to build its own 6,600 square-foot business lounge, the first for LOT outside of Poland. At its center will be a large sitting room anchored by a bar and sculptural chandelier, this will be complemented by a work zone, buffet, and a darkened relaxation zone.
The airline is working with both Polish partners and local-vendors to create a space that reflects the cultures of both places with floor to ceiling windows, taking inspiration from the mountains and colors of Poland. It will also serve as the default lounge for premium flyers of Star Alliance carriers as the current provider Scandinavian prepares to leave the alliance. Work is set to commence on the space soon, with an opening scheduled towards the end of 2024. It is worth noting another lounge space is still available next door.