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

CTA to double speed of some downtown buses that crawl at 3 mph 3/2/2015
A long-awaited project designed to more than double the 3-mph average speed of CTA buses traveling across the middle of downtown will be called Loop Link, and construction of bus-only lanes and rapid transit-style boarding stations is set to begin in two weeks, city officials were set to...

Suburbs try new approach in battle over O'Hare jet noise 2/27/2015
A suburban group that beginning in the early 1980s led the fight against new runways at O'Hare International Airport is launching a new, non-confrontational strategy to address jet noise, officials said Friday.

Unlike O'Hare, Singapore airport a destination all its own 2/27/2015
Chicago and this tiny but financially powerful city-state in Southeast Asia both showcase themselves as "a city in a garden'' draped by a dazzling skyline. Both are home to airport expansion projects aimed at revving up their global profiles.

O'Hare's problems surmountable -- if city will face up to them 2/27/2015
O'Hare International Airport doesn't need to replicate Singapore's Changi Airport to become world-class. But its landlord — the city of Chicago — should recognize that O'Hare has problems.

CTA's yearlong Wilson station project will slow Loop-bound commutes 2/26/2015
Morning commutes toward the Loop will soon take a few minutes longer for some riders on the CTA Red and Purple/Evanston Express rail lines while a section of track is rebuilt over the next year, CTA officials were to announce Thursday.