435 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL
Jon Hilkevitch
Chicago Tribune transportation reporter
My Role

Jon Hilkevitch is responsible for covering all types of transportation for the Chicago Tribune, both locally and nationally, although his primary focus is on the Chicago metropolitan region. The common thread in his reporting is a strong consumer-oriented focus, whether the issue is flight delays at O'Hare International Airport or railroad grade-crossing safety. Hilkevitch also writes a weekly commuting column, called Getting Around, which allows him to interact more informally with readers and to help resolve major problems as well as annoyances they experience on the transportation scene.
My Biography

Jon Hilkevitch, 58, has been the Chicago Tribune's transportation reporter since 1997. In 2001, a team of Tribune reporters co-led by Hilkevitch was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism for their series "Gateway to Gridlock,'' which chronicled the capacity crisis confronting the airline industry and the nation's commercial airports. Since starting at the Tribune in 1979, first at the Suburban Trib, Hilkevitch has held a variety of reporting and editing jobs in the city, the suburbs and Washington. Hilkevitch lives in Lisle and commutes to work using Metra, the CTA, Chicago River water taxis and his own two feet. His son, Nicholas, is a pilot at a major airline.
My Interests

Planes, trains and buses, fast cars, bicycles, express ski lifts, golf carts, road bikes, motor scooters, folk music and great food.
My Recent Articles

O'Hare noise complaints skyrocket -- many from the same addresses 5/1/2015
A campaign by O'Hare jet noise critics reached epic proportions in March when almost 353,000 noise complaints were filed with the city of Chicago.

Helicopter airport on edge of downtown is set for takeoff 4/30/2015
A plot of land on Chicago's Near West Side once polluted with arsenic and asbestos will get a clean start Thursday as a helicopter airport that investors say fills a void in air service to the downtown area that has existed since the city bulldozed Meigs Field 12 years ago.

NTSB report: Blue Line crash shows CTA should update, add safety systems 4/29/2015
A decades-old CTA safety system that can trigger a train's brakes in an emergency should be replaced by smart technology that detects potential danger much earlier, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday as part of its report into the Blue Line crash at the O'Hare station last year.

CTA rounding the curve slowly on next rail car purchase 4/27/2015
The CTA is again readjusting its sights before spending roughly $2 billion on a new generation of rail cars, aiming to hit the bull's-eye with the first train order during the Emanuel administration, transit officials said.

More noise meetings added on O'Hare runway issues, Emanuel and FAA say 4/22/2015
Residents weary from airport jet noise will be able to attend four public meetings this summer about a new runway scheduled to open this fall at O'Hare International Airport, the city of Chicago and FAA officials said Tuesday.