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Guide to Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD)

If you're flying to, through, or from Chicago ORD Airport, this extensive guide will help you every step of the way. From flight status and tracking to airline departure terminals and gate locations, parking options, terminal maps, food and shopping directories, and more, we've got you covered. With our helpful tips and information, you'll be able to get from your door to your gate with ease and confidence. For more comprehensive information about most other commercial airports, check out the iFly's Airport Guide.

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Helpful Tips & Resources

Is Chicago Airport (ORD) airport a bit unfamiliar to you? Look no further than for insightful tips and advice. Read on!

Overview & Helpful Tips

When to Arrive

When traveling through Chicago ORD Airport, it is recommended that you arrive at least two hours before your domestic flight and three hours before your international flight. The airport is one of the busiest in the world, and peak travel times can cause longer lines and wait times. To avoid the crowds, try to avoid traveling during the holidays and weekends.

Getting Oriented

With four terminals and multiple concourses, ORD Airport can be overwhelming due to its size and complexity. To help navigate the airport, use's interactive airport maps. These maps provide detailed information about each terminal, including the location of gates, restaurants, and shops. You can also use our maps while on your mobile to find the nearest terminal amenity, such as a restroom, restaurant, or ATM.

Avoiding Delays

To avoid delays, be sure to check the status of your flight before arriving at the airport. You can do this by visiting the airport's website or using a flight tracking app. If your flight is delayed, try to stay updated on the status and make alternate travel arrangements if necessary. Also, be sure to pack your carry-on bag efficiently and follow TSA guidelines to avoid any delays at security checkpoints.

Security Wait Times

When planning to arrive at the Airport, it's important to budget enough time for TSA Security wait times. The wait times can vary depending on the time of day and the season, but generally, it's recommended to arrive at the airport 2 hours before a domestic flight and 3 hours before an international flight. During peak travel times, such as holidays and weekends, the wait times can be longer. To check the current TSA Security wait times at O'Hare airport, jump to the wait times area here. This will help you plan accordingly and make your travel experience as smooth as possible.

Airlines and Flights

Airlines Serving ORD

Major air carriers serving this airport include American AirlinesUnited Airlines, and Delta Air Lines, as well as dozens of other domestic and international carriers. On a daily basis, there are approximately 2,400 flights departing from this airport, with nonstop flights to over 200 destinations worldwide.

American Airlines

American Airlines is the largest carrier at O'Hare Airport, offering nonstop flights to over 130 destinations worldwide. With a fleet of over 950 aircraft, American Airlines operates an average of 800 flights per day from this airport. Passengers can enjoy amenities such as in-flight entertainment, Wi-Fi, and complimentary snacks and beverages.

United Airlines

United Airlines is another major carrier at O'Hare, offering nonstop flights to over 120 destinations worldwide. With a fleet of over 800 aircraft, United Airlines operates an average of 550 flights per day from this airport. Passengers can enjoy amenities such as in-flight entertainment, Wi-Fi, and complimentary snacks and beverages.

Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines is a major carrier at ORD O'Hare, offering nonstop flights to over 50 destinations worldwide. With a fleet of over 800 aircraft, Delta Air Lines operates an average of 200 flights per day from this airport. Passengers can enjoy amenities such as in-flight entertainment, Wi-Fi, and complimentary snacks and beverages. Note that the above information can change at any time.  See a complete list of airlines serving ORD, including terminal locations here.

Flight Arrivals & Departures

ORD handles between 1-2 flight arrivals and departures per minute on average, so the flight status boards are very busy! In most cases, an arriving flight will board the next flight at the same gate.

To check the terminal and gate that an inbound flight arrives at (or departing flight departs from), use the Flight Status search widget below, entering the desired time period and selecting either Arrivals or Departures:

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Flight Fares & Destinations

All points on the globe can be reached from O’Hare ORD, including approximately 800 daily US and international flights serving over 200 destinations, with connections to most airports worldwide. Flight fares and specials offered by the air carriers vary according to time of year and demand, with non-stop service to popular destinations becoming more expensive as peak times near.

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Terminal Maps, Services & Amenities

Airport Maps & Layout

ORD Airport’s size is very large compared to regional airports. It boasts 4 terminals and 7 concourses. An overview of all the terminals & concourses and their services can be found here.

If you know which terminal your flight departs from (or arrives to), you can jump to that specific terminal’s page to view an interactive map, and find food, shopping, lounge and service offerings located within the terminals’ concourses.

Connecting Between Terminals

Chicago O'Hare has four terminals: Terminal 1, Terminal 2, Terminal 3, and Terminal 5. Each terminal is connected by a free shuttle bus service called the ATS (Airport Transit System), which runs 24/7. The ATS is a fast and convenient way to travel between terminals, with a travel time of approximately 5-10 minutes.

If you prefer to walk, there are pedestrian walkways that connect Terminal 1, Terminal 2, and Terminal 3. The walkway between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 is the shortest, taking around 10-15 minutes. The walkway between Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 takes around 15-20 minutes. If you need to travel between Terminal 5 and the other terminals, you can take the ATS shuttle bus.

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Food & Shopping

Chicago O'Hare Airport is known for its bustling atmosphere and multitude of amenities, including a wide variety of dining options and retail stores. Some of the most popular restaurants at ORD include Goose Island Brewing Company, Tortas Frontera, and Starbucks. Meanwhile, travelers can indulge in retail therapy at stores like Hudson News, Garrett Popcorn Shops, and Brookstone. These are just a few examples of the many options available within O’Hare’s terminals and concourses. Below you will find more detailed information about some of the most popular restaurants, shops, and stores at the airport, including proximity to gates and links to amenity maps.

Restaurants, Cafes, Bars

If you're traveling through Chicago O'Hare Airport, you'll have plenty of food & drink options to choose from. Here are some of the most popular restaurants located throughout the airport.

Terminal 1
  • Ciao Gourmet Market - This Italian marketplace offers a variety of grab-and-go options, including sandwiches, salads, and pastries. (near Gate C17)
  • Starbucks - Get your caffeine fix at this popular coffee chain. (near Gate B5)
  • McDonald's - If you're in the mood for fast food, you can't go wrong with McDonald's. (near the Main Terminal)
Terminal 2
  • No popular restaurants found in this terminal.
Terminal 3
  • Goose Island Brewing Company - Enjoy a craft beer and pub fare at this local brewery. (near Gate G)
  • Tortas Frontera - Celebrity chef Rick Bayless brings his Mexican-inspired cuisine to this airport outpost. (near Gate K4)
  • Starbucks - Another location of the ubiquitous coffee chain. (near Gate H6)
Terminal 5
  • The Goddess & Grocer - This gourmet deli offers sandwiches, salads, and other prepared foods. (near Gate M12)

Shops & Stores

Chicago O'Hare Airport, known for its bustling atmosphere and multitude of amenities, offers a variety of shops and stores scattered across its many terminals. From newsstands to duty-free shops, bookstores, and specialty boutiques, O'Hare ensures that passengers can enjoy a retail therapy session while waiting for their flight. Let's explore some of the popular stores that you can find in different terminals at O'Hare.

Concourse B
  • Hudson News (near Gate B14) - Your one-stop shop for travel essentials, magazines, and a quick snack.
  • Garrett Popcorn Shops (near Gate B8) - Indulge in the world-famous, Chicago-style popcorn right before your flight.
  • The Field Museum Store (near Gate B8) - A perfect place to grab some unique, history-inspired souvenirs.
  • Brooks Brothers (near Gate B6) - Upscale clothing retailer offering timeless fashion pieces.
Concourse C
  • Hudson News (near Gate C22) - Offering a broad selection of books, travel essentials, and snacks.
  • Nuts on Clark (near Gate C19) - Famous for their gourmet popcorn and nuts, a true Chicago classic.
  • Barbara's Bookstore (near Gate C15) - Lose yourself in a new book or pick up a last-minute gift.
  • Duty Free (near Gate C17) - Ideal for international travelers looking to purchase tax-free luxury goods.
Concourse H
  • Brookstone (near Gate H2) - Known for its unique selection of functional and lifestyle products.
  • Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (near Gate H5) - Delight in delicious, decadent sweets and treats.
  • Terminal Getaway Spa (near Gate H1A) - Relax with a pre-flight massage or skin treatment.
  • Brooks Brothers (near Gate H3A) - Offers quality, classic American styles for both men and women.
Concourse M
  • Hudson News (near Gate M18) - The go-to spot for all your travel necessities, newspapers, and light reads.
  • Brookstone (near Gate M11) - Ideal for the gadget enthusiasts offering a variety of electronics, travel, and home goods.
  • Dufry Store (near Gate M20) - Duty-free shopping made easy with a wide selection of perfumes, spirits, and confectionery.
  • I Love Chicago (near Gate M13) - Offers a variety of Chicago-themed gifts and souvenirs.
Other Notable Stores

Other stores found across O'Hare include MAC Cosmetics in Concourse E, offering a wide array of makeup and skincare products, and the CNN NewsStand in Concourse H, where travelers can catch up on current events and grab a quick snack. For a high-end shopping experience, Brighton Collectibles can be found in Concourse H offering fine leather goods and fashion accessories. If you're after the latest audio gear, check out Headphone Hub in Concourse E, and for the latest eyewear fashion, the Sunglass Hut has outlets in Concourses F and K.

Please be sure to check at the airport for the most up-to-date food & store locations and hours, as this information can change at any time.

Lounges & Clubs

ORD offers a variety of lounges to cater to the diverse needs of travelers. These lounges include the American Airlines Admirals Club, United Club, Delta Sky Club, Swissport Lounge, Air France - KLM Lounge, British Airways First and Club World Lounges, and the SAS Lounge. Each lounge provides a unique experience with various amenities, ensuring that passengers can find the perfect space to relax, work, or enjoy some downtime during their journey. This guide will provide you with an overview of the airline and other lounges available at ORD, ensuring you find the perfect spot to unwind before or after your flight.

Below you will find a description of some of the most popular lounges at ORD. Be sure to check the access requirements for each lounge, as some are exclusive to particular airlines, travel classes, or membership programs.

American Airlines Admirals Club

Located in Terminal 3, Concourse H/K, the American Airlines Admirals Club offers a comfortable and quiet space for eligible passengers. With complimentary Wi-Fi, snacks, and beverages, as well as workstations, conference rooms, and personal assistance with reservations, this lounge is an excellent choice for both business and leisure travelers.

United Club

The United Club has four locations throughout ORD: Terminal 1, Concourse B (near Gate B6 and Gate B18), and Concourse C (near Gate C16). These lounges provide complimentary Wi-Fi, snacks, beverages, and access to conference rooms and workstations. Eligible passengers can enjoy a peaceful retreat while waiting for their flights.

Delta Sky Club

Situated in Terminal 2, Concourse E, the Delta Sky Club offers a luxurious experience for eligible passengers. With stunning runway views, this lounge features comfortable seating, complimentary Wi-Fi, premium snacks and beverages, as well as access to a variety of business services.

Swissport Lounge

Open to all passengers regardless of airline or travel class, the Swissport Lounge can be found in Terminal 5, Concourse M. With a pay-per-use option, this lounge offers a relaxing environment complete with complimentary Wi-Fi, snacks, beverages, and access to workstations. Travelers can purchase a day pass or gain access through various lounge membership programs.

Air France - KLM Lounge

Located in Terminal 5, Concourse M, the Air France - KLM Lounge welcomes eligible passengers with a modern and stylish space to unwind. Enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, snacks, beverages, and access to workstations, as well as a range of international newspapers and magazines.

British Airways First and Club World Lounges

British Airways provides two lounges for their premium passengers in Terminal 5, Concourse M. The Club World Lounge offers a comfortable area to relax or work, complete with complimentary Wi-Fi, snacks, and beverages. The First Lounge, available exclusively for First Class passengers, offers a more upscale experience with a la carte dining, premium beverages, and personalized service.

SAS Lounge

The SAS Lounge, located in Terminal 5, Concourse M, is an inviting space for eligible passengers of Scandinavian Airlines and Star Alliance partners. With complimentary Wi-Fi, snacks, beverages, and workstations, this lounge offers a calm atmosphere in which to prepare for your flight.

Airport Security

Security Screening

At Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD), travelers can find security checkpoints strategically positioned within each terminal for convenient access. In Terminal 1, passengers will encounter security checkpoints near the entrance to the respective concourses. Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 also feature strategically located security checkpoints, ensuring efficient screening processes for departing travelers. Additionally, the International Terminal 5 is equipped with its own dedicated security checkpoint.

For expedited screening services, passengers can utilize CLEAR and TSA PreCheck. CLEAR lanes are typically available at Terminals 1, 2, and 3, providing an accelerated security process for enrolled members. TSA PreCheck lanes are also conveniently situated across various terminals, offering pre-approved travelers the benefit of a faster and more streamlined screening experience.

Security Wait Times

When traveling through Chicago’s ORD Airport, it's important to budget enough time for TSA Security wait times. The wait times can vary depending on the time of day and the season, but generally, it's recommended to arrive at the airport 2 hours before a domestic flight and 3 hours before an international flight. During peak travel times, such as holidays and weekends, the wait times can be longer. Check the current TSA Security wait times at O'Hare here. This will help you plan accordingly and make your travel experience as smooth as possible.

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Airport Services & Help

ATMs, Banking & Currency

Travelers at Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) have access to a variety of banking services to cater to their financial needs. These services include Automated Teller Machines (ATMs), full-service banking branches, and currency exchange services.

Automated Teller Machines (ATMs)

For those in need of cash withdrawals, Bank of America and Wells Fargo provide ATMs conveniently located throughout the airport. Both banks offer 24/7 services at their ATMs.

Bank of America has ATMs in Terminal 2, Terminal 3, and Terminal 4, all operating round the clock. Wells Fargo, on the other hand, has ATMs in Terminal 3 and Terminal 5, also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Banks & Credit Unions

Seaway National Bank provides full-service banking branches at ORD. Their branch in Terminal 2's Main Hall is open from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm on weekdays, while the one in Terminal 5's lower level operates daily from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. These branches offer a range of services including money orders, credit card advances, copies, currency exchange, cashier checks, commercial deposits, payroll, loans, and checking accounts.

Currency Exchange Services

For travelers requiring foreign currency, Seaway National Bank provides currency exchange branches at various locations within the airport. These branches generally open during business hours, but be sure to check as each location’s hours are different.

In Terminal 1, the currency exchange branches are located at gates B10 and C18. Terminal 2's Main Hall and Terminal 3's gate K0o also house these branches. Terminal 5 has currency exchange services at the lower and upper levels.

Business Services

The Hilton Chicago O'Hare Hotel's full-service Business Center is on the lower arcade level (the hotel is across from the domestic terminals & accessible by underground walkway); it also offers meeting rooms, with on-site catering. Contact: 1-855-760-0868.

Baggage Help & Services

Baggage Carts

Luggage carts are available throughout the domestic terminals at a cost. Carts are free to passengers arriving at International Terminal Five. Due to safety concerns, baggage carts are not allowed on Airport Transit System (ATS) cars.

Baggage Claim Areas

Within each of Chicago ORD Airport’s four terminals, is its own baggage claim area. Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 have domestic and international baggage claim areas, while Terminal 2 and Terminal 5 have only international baggage claim areas. Passengers can easily locate their baggage claim area by checking the flight information display screens or by asking airport staff for assistance.

Luggage Storage Locations

ORD offers luggage storage services for passengers who need to store their bags before or after their flight. The kept luggage locations, also known as left luggage, are located in each terminal. The cost to store luggage varies depending on the size of the bag and the length of time it will be stored. Passengers can inquire about luggage storage at the information desk in each terminal.

Customer Service

Information and customer service representatives are available to assist passengers and visitors with airport directions, general service information, and language assistance. Call 773-686-2200 for more information

Lost & Found

Several different organizations at O'Hare International handle lost and found items. If you are trying to locate a missing item, please contact the organization closest to the location the item was last seen. If you do not know where you misplaced the item, you may contact the agencies below:

    ​TSA Administrative Offices are in the Terminal 2 Mezzanine. Enter via stairs/elevator across from Vestibules 2A (both on the upper or lower levels).
    On the Airport Transit System (ATS): contact O'Hare ATS at (773) 601-1817
    Parking facilities: contact Standard Parking at (773) 686-7532
    Food service locations: call (773) 686-6148
    Terminal 5 Customs Area: contact U.S. Customs at (773) 686-3157​

    Mail Facilities

    There is a UPS Store located at the Hilton O’Hare, directly connected to the airport.

    Pet Services and Restrictions

    Animals are not allowed inside the passenger terminals unless they are in a kennel. Exception: Working dogs on a leash.

    Animal relief areas are located curbside, on the lower levels of Terminals 1 and 5. They are gated areas designated for service animal relief and are accessible at all times. All animals must be accompanied and leashed by the owner. An indoor pet relief room is located post-security of Terminal 3, at the Rotunda.

    Religious/Faith Facilities

    An interfaith chapel is available for travelers who wish to pray and/or meditate while at the airport. Materials for worship such as bibles, Korans, rosaries, and carpets are provided. Located on the mezzanine level of Terminal 2 (directly overhead of the ticket counters for JetBlue and Alaska - before TSA), the chapel is open 24 hours a day. Contact: (773) 686-2636

      Ticket counters, gate areas, or on an airplane: contact the airline directly
      Public areas of the terminal: contact the Chicago Police at (773) 686-2385
      Security screening locations: contact TSA at (773) 377-1210

      Spas/Health Club

      Hilton Health Club between Terminal 2 & parking garage.
      Terminal Getaway Spas at: T1, gate B14; T3, gates H2 & H6; T5 at gate M11.

          Emergency and Medical Services

            In an emergency use one of the white telephones or call 911.

            The Medical Center (tel. 773-894-5100) is in Terminal 2, post-security, at Main Hall, east side.

            ADA-related Services

            If you need a wheelchair, contact your airline 48 hours prior to your scheduled departure;

            all terminals are accessible via elevators (with Braille & raised numerals) and so is the ATS train connecting terminals.

            There are 250 accessible parking spaces inside the available parking facilities tel. 773-686-7530). For public transportation / CTA Rapid Transit call 312-836-7000 or 4949 (TTY).

            Hook-ups for operator-assisted Teletypewriters (TTY) are available 24/7 on the lower level of Terminals 1, 2, & 3, and on the upper level of Terminal 5.

            For accessible taxis see the cab starters at the cab stand outside the baggage claim areas.

            The CTA Blue Line train to downtown has an elevator to/from the platform.

            Working dogs are allowed inside the terminals on a leash, as well as at the fenced animal relief areas at curbside, lower levels of Terminals 1 & 5.

            Virtual Concierge Kiosks

            Located in all of Chicago ORD’s baggage claim areas provide multilingual touch-screens with hotel, transportation and airport information in eight languages, including flight status and weather updates, and information on Chicago events and attractions. You can touch the screens to place a free call for hotel or rental car reservation, or contact an airport Customer Service Representative.

            Wifi-Internet and Charging Stations

            ORD airport offers free WiFi to all passengers. The network ID for the free WiFi is Free_ORD_Wi-Fi. To connect to the airport's WiFi on your mobile phone, follow these steps:

              Go to your phone's settings and select "WiFi."

              Select the network ID Free_ORD_Wi-Fi.

              Enter your email address and accept the terms and conditions.

              You should now be connected to the airport's WiFi. If you are unable to connect to the airport's WiFi, there may be charging stations available throughout the airport where you can charge your phone and access the internet.

              It's important to note that airline lounges may have their own WiFi connections, so be sure to check with your airline if you have access to a lounge.


              The U.S.O. (United Service Organizations) offers a variety of services to active military personnel and their dependents, including free refreshments, information, and referrals. It is located in T-2 Mezzanine Level. Contact: (tel. 773-686-7396).

              International Travelers

              International arrivals at ORD Airport

              With the exception of those who went through U.S. Customs clearance at participating airports - all passengers need to go through passport control, pick up their bags and go with them through Customs clearance . If they continue their journey they need to re-check-in their bags where indicated, before proceeding to their connecting flight's gate.

              Baggage Transfers

              Prior to departure make sure that your original airline will transfer bags to your connecting flight - if not, you need, after customs clearance, take them to your connecting airline's check-in counter (which may be in another terminal) and check them in before proceeding through security check and on to your departure gate.

              Your bags will be automatically transferred if both arriving & departing airlines (a) belong to the same Airline Alliance, (b) code-share with another airline; or (c) if both flights were bought on one ticket.

              NOTE: Prior to departure make sure that your original airline will transfer bags to your connecting flight - if not, you need, after customs clearance, take them to your connecting terminal and check them in at your connecting airline counter before proceeding to your gate.

              Automated Passport Control (APC) & Mobile Passport Control (MPC)

              APC kiosks (Automated Passport Control) collect passengers' facial & fingerprint biometrics against their passports - approved by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The kiosks will process any passenger from the USA, Canada, or any of the 38 visa waiver countries without any pre-enrollment. The process takes about 90 seconds.

              Mobile passport control (MPC): Eligible passengers may submit passport information & customs declaration form to CBP (Customs) by smartphone or tablet app prior to arrival. Android & iPhone users may download the MPC app from either the Google Play Store or from the Apple App Store.

              Parking Facilities & Options

              Chicago ORD International Airport offers a variety of parking options for travelers. There are several parking garages and lots available for short-term and long-term parking, conveniently located near all terminals. Terminal parking garages are ideal for those who need to park for a few hours or a day, while economy parking lots are perfect for longer stays.

              If you're picking up someone from the airport, there are cell phone waiting areas available where you can wait for your party to arrive before heading to the terminal. These areas are free of charge and located near each terminal.

              Handicapped parking is available in all parking garages and lots. Designated spaces are located near elevators and shuttle bus stops for easy access to the terminals.

              For those looking for a more economical parking option, off-airport parking is available. These lots are located near the airport and offer shuttle service to and from the terminals. They are a great option for those who need to park for an extended period of time.

              Get details about Chicago O'Hare International Airport parking options and rates, along with more economical off-airport parking here.

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              Picking Up and Dropping Off Passengers

              When picking up or dropping off passengers at Chicago O'Hare Airport, it's important to be aware of the curbside parking restrictions. Drivers are not allowed to park or wait at the curbside for more than a few minutes. This is to ensure that traffic flows smoothly and to prevent congestion. If you need to wait for your passenger, there are cell-phone waiting areas located near each terminal. These areas allow drivers to wait for their passengers to arrive before proceeding to the curbside for pick-up.

              When dropping off passengers, drivers should proceed to the designated drop-off areas located near each terminal. These areas are clearly marked and are designed to make the drop-off process quick and easy. If you need to assist your passenger with their luggage, it's best to use the short-term parking facilities located near each terminal. These facilities are designed for quick stops and are a convenient option for drivers who need to park for a short period of time.

              Transportation Services

              Taxi & Limo Services

              For those who prefer to take a taxi, you can find taxi stands outside of each terminal. The drop-off areas are located on the upper level of each terminal. Fares for taxis are based on a metered system, with a flat rate for trips to downtown Chicago.

              A few Taxi service providers are listed here:

              Flash Cab Company 773-561-4444

              Checker Taxi Assoc. 312-733-4790

              Chicago Carriage Cab         877-547-8294

              A few Limousine service providers are listed here:

              Kennedy Express Limos         312-884-9694

              Pontarelli Chicago Limos 312-361-4111

              Ace Limousine         773-763-8500

              Echo Limousine         773-774-1074

              Shared Rides

              If you're looking for a more affordable option, shared ride services such as Uber and Lyft are also available. Pickup areas for these services are located on the upper level of each terminal. However, please note that there may be restrictions on pickups depending on your location within the airport.

              Public Transportation

              Transportation Center at O'Hare Airport

              The Bus & Shuttle Center is located in the Main Parking garage at level 1 (ground level) - near elevator center 3, accessible via pedestrian tunnels from T1, T2 & T3 (follow signs after you claim your bags), in the central pickup facility serving regional & hotel courtesy buses. Some regional buses also make pickups at T5, while Pace buses pick up at Kiss 'n Fly.

              Subway or Train


              CTA ‘L’ Blue Line (Airport to Forest Park) departs underground of Terminal 5 leading to Chicago's Loop, and you can reach the station from the lower level of Terminal 2 or take the ATS transit system. Contact:


              Metra North Central commuter trains stop at the O’Hare Transfer station, located next to Parking Lot F (at NE side of the Airport), which connects to the Airport Transit System by a shuttle bus. For current Metra train service visit:


              Go Airport Express offers door-to-door service to most Chicago city and suburban areas. Service starts early mornings, departing every 10-15 minutes from each terminal.

              Pickup: shuttle pickup outside of baggage claim area of all Terminals. Contact: 1-888-284-3826. Advanced notice strongly suggested.

              Local Pace Buses depart the Airport to different city locations. Contact:

              Rental Cars

              Rental car agencies are on the lower level near the baggage claim areas of Terminals 1, 2, and 3. Look for signs and courtesy phones. From Terminal 5, car rental agencies are available by courtesy telephones located on the lower level. Many agencies also offer courtesy buses to various automobile pick-up/drop-off areas. Some of the many car rental providers are listed here:

              Alamo - (800) 327-9633

              Avis - (800) 331-1212

              Budget - (800) 527-0700

              Dollar - (800) 800-4000

              Enterprise - (800) 867-4595

              Hertz - (800) 654-3131

              National - (800) 227-7368

              Airport Hotels

              Looking for a comfortable and convenient place to stay near the airport? We've got you covered. Our guide provides you with a wide range of hotel options, from budget-friendly to premium 4-star establishments, all situated near the airport. These hotels offer a variety of amenities including complimentary airport shuttle services, free Wi-Fi, fitness centers, and more. Most are within a short drive from the airport, ensuring easy transit. Many are also close to popular attractions and landmarks, providing an opportunity to explore the city during your stay. Discover the best hotels near the airport, complete with essential information about their location, services, and amenities. Go to the Chicago O'Hare Airport Hotel guide for more details.

              Layover at ORD? We have some ideas!

              Chicago's O'Hare International Airport offers a variety of attractions for travelers with layovers. The airport boasts a number of exhibits, including the four-story high, 72-foot long Brachiosaurus Dinosaur on loan from the Chicago Field Museum, the Butch O’Hare WWII Fighter Airplane Exhibit, and the Kids on the Fly Children’s Exhibit. Additionally, the pedestrian tunnel between concourses B and C in Terminal 1 features a 744 foot long kinetic neon sculpture of light and sound titled "The Sky’s the Limit".

              Travelers with longer layovers may also want to consider visiting nearby attractions such as the John Hancock Center, North Avenue Beach, Lincoln Park, Grant Park, Little Italy and Navy Pier. These popular locations offer a variety of activities such as sightseeing, shopping, and dining.

              Top Recommended Layover Activities:

              1. John Hancock Center

              875 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611 · 312-751-3681

              Only 40 seconds in this building's elevator will set you stories above Chicago. Visit the third largest building in the city and enjoy views reaching up to 80 miles distant. Food and drink are available in the restaurant and lounge, and informational exhibits are on display in four different languages. Should you be in the area during Valentine's Day, you may want to skip the elevator ride and run to the top with the other participants who "Hustle up the Hancock."

              2. North Avenue Beach

              1600 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60610 · 312-747-0832

              One of the metro area's most popular parks, North Avenue Beach is at its prime in the warmer months, when hordes of families, exercise nuts, and tourists flood here to do everything from sunbathe and play beach volleyball to roller-blade and and cycle along the shoreline. Across the street is the Lincoln Park Zoo.

              3. Lincoln Park

              2045 N Lincoln Park W, Chicago, IL · 312-836-7000

              Some of the city's trendiest shops, bars, and theaters call this neighborhood home. One such attraction is the Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Named after the park that encompasses its eastern border, Lincoln Park runs from Diversy Parkway to North Avenue. Lincoln Park also offers scenic ponds and walking paths, which are accompanied by the light and strong breezes from the lake and a constant view of Chicago's stunning skyline.

              4. Grant Park

              500 S Columbus Dr, Chicago, IL 60604 · 312-742-7529

              From ice-skating in the winter to viewing blooming roses in the summer, Grant Park offers a variety of relaxing activities. You can stroll through Versailles-type rose gardens, take part in a pick-up volleyball game, or admire the lakefront views offered by the 300-acre park. Highlights include free concerts during the summer and Grant Park's Buckingham Fountain with its 133 water jets - a marvel to see.

              5. Little Italy

              Taylor St at Morgan St, Chicago, IL 60607

              People undertaking strict diets should likely eschew this Chicago neighborhood, where the air is full of tempting aromas of deep dish pizza. Indeed, Little Italy is popular for its cozy, family-operated restaurants and unique neighborhood groceries.

              6. Navy Pier

              600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611 · 312-595-7437

              Since 1916, Navy Pier has been home not only to the military but to scores of special attractions. Now purely commercial, the pier offers everything from an IMAX theatre to performances by a Shakespeare troupe. You can view dancing in a grand ballroom, ride the splendor of a fifteen-story ferris wheel (a replica of the one at Chicago's 1893 World's Fair), or relax to the sounds of waves quietly lapping on the lakeshore.

              7. Chicago Water Tower

              800 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

              The Chicago Water Tower is a notable Chicago landmark that was built in 1869 and survived the great 1871 Chicago Fire. The building looks more like a palace than a water tower and features several small towers and lovely limestone brickwork. The tower is 154 feet in height and stands quite small against the area's skyscrapers. The tower no longer functions, but it was chosen by the American Water Works Association as the first American Water Landmark in the United States.

              Airport Facts & Stats

              Chicago O'Hare International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the United States, located in Chicago, Illinois. It serves as a hub for several major airlines, including American Airlines and United Airlines.

              The airport has four terminals, namely Terminal 1, Terminal 2, Terminal 3, and Terminal 5. Terminal 5 is dedicated to international flights.

              On average, the airport handles around 200,000 passengers daily, with an average of 2,400 daily flights. The airport serves over 200 destinations worldwide.

              The top five destinations served by ORD are Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Denver, and Atlanta.

              The top airlines with the most daily flights from ORD are American Airlines, United Airlines, and Delta Air Lines. Other major airlines that operate from ORD include Air Canada, British Airways, and Emirates.

              Overall, Chicago O'Hare International Airport is a vital transportation hub for both domestic and international travelers, offering a wide range of flights and destinations.

              Airport History

              Chicago O'Hare International Airport, located in Chicago, Illinois, is one of the busiest airports in the world. It has a rich history dating back to the 1940s when it was first built.

              Here are some significant events in the airport's history:

              • 1942: Construction of the airport begins as part of the war effort.
              • 1945: The airport is named Orchard Field Airport.
              • 1949: The airport is renamed O'Hare International Airport in honor of Lieutenant Commander Edward "Butch" O'Hare, a World War II hero.
              • 1955: The first commercial jet service begins at O'Hare with the arrival of a United Airlines Boeing 707.
              • 1962: The airport's iconic Terminal 1 is completed.
              • 1970: O'Hare becomes the busiest airport in the world, surpassing London Heathrow.
              • 1979: American Airlines Flight 191 crashes shortly after takeoff, killing all 271 people on board.
              • 1993: The airport's new Terminal 5, dedicated to international flights, opens.
              • 2008: O'Hare begins a major expansion project, including the construction of a new runway and terminal.
              • 2020: The COVID-19 pandemic causes a significant decrease in air travel, leading to a temporary closure of some terminals at O'Hare.

              Today, O'Hare International Airport continues to serve millions of passengers each year and remains a vital hub for air travel in the United States.

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              Nearby Airports to Chicago OHare

              Listed here are the nearest 10 airports to Chicago sorted by distance. Which are the closest airports to Chicago? The closest 3 airports are 1. Chicago Chicago Midway, 2. Gary Gary Chicago, & 3. Rockford Chicago Rockford. All of these proximity airports offer commercial flight services:

              Chicago Midway MDWChicago MDW (15 miles)
              Gary Chicago GYYGary GYY (36 miles)
              Chicago Rockford RFDRockford RFD (64 miles)
              Milwaukee Mitchell MKEMilwaukee MKE (67 miles)
              South Bend Regional SBNSouth Bend SBN (84 miles)
              Madison Dane County MSNMadison MSN (109 miles)
              Bloomington Central Illinois BMIBloomington BMI (116 miles)
              Kalamazoo Battle Creek AZOPortage AZO (122 miles)
              Peoria General Downing PIAPeoria PIA (130 miles)
              Willard CMISavoy CMI (135 miles)