O’HARE — As one of the world’s busiest airports, O’Hare International is usually synonymous with long lines, delays and crowds of frustrated passengers.
On Wednesday, Pete Buttigieg reminded the public it can also be a place of romance.
And the city’s Department of Aviation took notice.
Buttigieg — the former presidential candidate and mayor of South Bend, Indiana — was in Wilmington, Delaware, to accept President-elect Joe Biden’s nomination for secretary of transportation when he described his “personal love of transportation” and recalled his proposal to his now-husband, Chasten, at O’Hare.
“Don’t let anyone tell you O’Hare isn’t romantic,” Buttigieg joked to the press.
It wasn’t long after Buttigieg made his remarks that the city’s aviation department updated O’Hare’s Twitter profile to say it is a “place of romance.”
The city also acknowledged Buttigieg’s comment in a tweet that read “Thank you for appreciating all the connections we make possible, @PeteButtigieg. Looking forward to working with you as we continue to make our airport lovable for decades to come. #ORD21”
Also on Wednesday, O’Hare was named Best Airport in North America by Global Traveler Magazine, the 17th year in a row the airport has earned that distinction. Midway was also recognized by Global Traveler as the Best Family Friendly Domestic Airport.
“At both O’Hare and Midway, we are actively working to improve the traveler experience by offering world-class dining, shopping and passenger amenities,” aviation Commissioner Jamie Rhee said in a statement. “We are continuing to make critical investments in the future of both airports. And make no mistake, our airports are great places to make connections and set off on new adventures.
“On that note, congratulations to Pete Buttigieg. We are looking forward to working with the new administration on the urgent travel and transportation needs of the 21st century.”