The Chicago Fire are currently facing flight delays and cancellations getting out of O'Hare International Airport. The team was originally supposed to depart all together (as they customarily do) but that flight was cancelled around noon. Team Communications Manager Brendan Hannan had to leap into action to get the team on three different flights. Shortly after that was accomplished, the first and third flights scheduled to take off were promptly cancelled as well. Fortunately a small group of Fire players scheduled for the second flight should be taking off soon. The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a Traffic Management Program for O'Hare as of 3:25 PM CST.
Due to WEATHER / THUNDERSTORMS, there is a Traffic Management Program in effect for traffic arriving Chicago OHare International Airport, Chicago, IL (ORD). This is causing some arriving flights to be delayed an average of 3 hours and 53 minutes. To see if you may be affected, select your departure airport and check "Delays by Destination".
I believe the Section 8 Chicago bus is just about ready to leave from Toyota Park but O'Hare International Airport is out of the way at this point. I expect the team will be able to land in Toronto, but when? This might negate Chicago's advantage of Toronto FC playing on short rest while also having the first leg of the Canandian Championship vs. Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday, May 18. We will keep you updated on the team's travel as the developments roll in.