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How to check flight status

A fire at a radar facility that grounded all flights in and our of Chicago airports left many travelers wondering if they’d ever get off the ground — and the Internet wasn’t much help.

Websites for both airports — O’Hare International Airport and Midway Airport — were slow or unresponsive Friday morning, not surprising given the huge demand for information.

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If you get through to either site, both have places on their main Web pages to enter flight information to check its status.

The City Department of Aviation, which oversees both airports, said it would have no flight information update no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

Travelers were urged to contact their airlines directly by phone or on the individual airline websites.

The aviation department said no flights would resume until at least 8:30 a.m., but Southwest Airlines, a major carrier at Midway Airport, said it would have no flights before noon.

Stranded fliers wait at Midway Airport Friday morning. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times