If they are going to keep shrinking the space inside the aircraft, the least they could do is de-stress the ground experience and create a little more walk room / gate seating..
American is dealing here with an extremely constrained building footprint along with special safety considerations which necessitates the featureless north wall. I'm sure they've taken every inch they could.
Hmm, you think so? I'm not sure how much influence AA had on the seating area size vs the city/airport planners. To my eye, the seating area looks small/narrow relative to the width of the aisle.
I'm not bothered by the north wall, but a little art work would be nice some day! Maybe some coffee/snack kiosks as well?
The north wall at some point will be replaced with 3 additional gates. However, I agree, they should do something in the interim.
This may sound crazy, and knowing Chicago politics I likely can surmise the answer, but why not relocate Spirit to this stinger concourse, and free up the old L concourse for use exclusively by AA. This would help AA some with connections and ground operations. Since NK is likely all O&D, I do not see how this would have any negative effect on their operations.
Adding these new gates to the F9 gates they are getting back in old L, AA seems to have added some real gates here recently. Any of these, or the gates in H/K being converted back to mainline. Just interested in what the overall plan is with these additions.