Edison Park, Norwood Park homes to be soundproofed with $20M federal grant

The federal government will pick up the tab to soundproof several hundred Norwood Park and Edison Park homes, shown here in purple and red. Homes in green, yellow and orange have already been insulated. (Chicago Department of Aviation; Heather Cherone / DNAinfo)

The federal government will pick up the tab to soundproof several hundred Norwood Park and Edison Park homes, shown here in purple and red. Homes in green, yellow and orange have already been insulated. (Chicago Department of Aviation; Heather Cherone / DNAinfo)

NORWOOD PARK — Hundreds of homes in Norwood Park and Edison Park directly under the path of flights to and from O’Hare Airport will be soundproofed with a $20 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration, federal officials announced.

A cluster of homes east of Harlem Avenue and and north of the Kennedy Expressway are next in line for free attic insulation, air conditioning, exterior doors, storm doors and windows designed to block the racket of planes departing and arriving at O’Hare Airport, said Owen Kilmer, a spokesman for the Chicago Department of Aviation, which administers the program along with the O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission.

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The grant will also be used to fund the final phase of the soundproofing effort, which will cover approximately 500 homes in the city and suburbs whose owners declined to participate in the program in previous years, Kilmer said.

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