The City of Elmhurst is hoping residents will take five minutes to fill out a survey voicing concern over the increased airplane noise in Elmhurst.

Elmhurst’s relative proximity yet distance to O’Hare is part of what makes our city appealing for people who travel frequently. Yet a recent change of runways has made the noise level not so appealing. And if you feel like you were hearing more planes flying overhead in early October, you weren’t imaging it.

The Chicago Department of Aviation’s Runway Rotation Plan (RFP) conducted what they dubbed “Fly Quiet” testing in early October to analyze the shared impact of aircraft noise in neighborhoods surrounding O’Hare. The tests encouraged pilots and air traffic controllers to use designated nighttime runways.

One test rotation in this program impacts specific areas in Elmhurst, with a significant increase in nighttime airplane noise compared to the other tests. Residents in certain areas may have heard low-flying planes during the overnight hours.

The Department of Aviation will be analyzing the results of those tests through community feedback and an RFP survey. If the department does not hear enough feedback from Elmhurst residents, they may decide to make this route the designated nighttime runway.

If you have not already done so, please visit www.elmhurst.org/voiceconcern to fill out the brief survey. The city recommends that residents respond to questions #15 and #21 with a “No.”

If you prefer to call, please reach out to (800) 435-9569 to voice your concern.

Even residents who are not in the direct flight path are encouraged to speak up for the city of Elmhurst.

Here at Gracik Makinney, we know that the proximity to O’Hare is both a blessing and a challenge. We applaud the city of Elmhurst for encouraging residents to get involved. If you have any questions about this or any part of life in Elmhurst, call us at (630) 441-5570 or visit our website, www.gmregroup.com.