I flew UA 112 LAX-ORD today, and before we got to O'Hare, they "shut it down" due to thunderstorms. We were running low on fuel, so the captain diverted us to Rockford, Illinois (don't happen to know the airport code). I listened to this unfold on Channel 9 (the best in-flight amenity in the sky, if you ask me).
Anyway, we landed, and I immediately saw 2 other UA 757s, along with a US Airways A319 (new colors, with an HP registration). And right behind us, a CX B744F landed at little ol' Rockford. It was quite a site.
Anyway, we waited an hour on the ground and then got back in the air to O'Hare (where it was a total mess, my connection was canceled, and here I am at the O'Hare Hilton -- but that's another story.)
Is Rockford often used for O'Hare diversions? The ground crew there seemed to know what they were doing.