2. Southwest begins flying out of O’Hare
Midway has long been the only Chicago airport where you can catch a flight on Southwest Airlines, but that’s all about to change. On February 14, the low-cost airline will begin offering nonstop flights from O’Hare International Airport for the first time, with routes to Nashville, Baltimore, Dallas, Denver and Phoenix. Sure, you may be wary of getting on a plane right now, but once the majority of the population is vaccinated and we can all start planning vacations again, Chicago-based Southwest devotees will likely be glad to have options.