Chicago O Hare International
Among both the busiest airports in the world, and the most important air traffic hubs in the US, Chicago O'Hare International Airport is the primary flight destination in the American Midwest. Located 17 miles (27km) northwest of the Chicago Loop, the facility serves an astounding 77 million passengers each year.
Flights to Chicago O'Hare are available on a variety of arilines from dozens of cities worldwide, including nearly every major airport in the US and Canada. The facility is wildly popular, having earned the title of Best Airport in North America from several prominent travel publications numerous times over the last ten years.
The four passenger terminals at Chicago O'Hare can be a little confusing to first-time visitors, but the friendly staff is always on hand to help out. Visitors can enjoy a plethora of dining and shopping choices, or just stroll over to Terminal 1 to view the four-story brachiosaurus dinosaur skeleton in Concourse B.
Chicago O'Hare is located 17 miles (30km) northwest of Chicago.
Getting to the city
Blue Line trains run every few minutes between the airport and downtown Chicago; the journey takes around 40 minutes and the fare is $2.25. For safety reasons travellers are advised against using the Blue Line at night. Taxi ranks are situated outside the arrivals hall in each of the airport terminals; the fare is around $40 for the 30-45-minute journey from the airport to downtown Chicago. There are two airport express services, Continental and Omega (phone: 773-734- 6688) which have coaches leaving from all the terminals every 10 minutes to central Chicago; the Omega Airport Shuttle also links O'Hare to Midway Airport.
GMT -6 (GMT -5 from March to November).
Tel: +1 773 686 2200 or 773 686 3700.
The major car hire companies represented at the airport include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Hertz and National. Some companies are located off-site.
There are plenty of metered taxis outside Chicago O'Hare International Airport and a taxi to the centre of Chicago takes approximately 30-45 minutes and costs about $40. But be prepared to pay twice as much during rush hour.
Transfer between terminals
A free automated rail system connects all terminals.
Facilities at the airport include restaurants, bars, shops, duty free, bureaux de change, a bank and ATMs. The Hilton Athletic Club provides a health club, sauna, steam room and massage. Laptop Lane, in Terminal 1, offers fax, Internet and photocopying services. The nearby Hilton hotel provides more extensive services. There is a medical centre, AED units (defibrillators), baby-change facilities, a play area and a 24-hour interfaith chapel. Disabled facilities are good; those with special needs should inform their airline in advance.
Parking at Chicago O'Hare is divided into the main lots, international lots, economy lots, and valet lots, with an additional free Cell Phone Lot for pick-ups and drop-offs. Fees range from $2 per hour at the main lots, or $6 for two hours at the international lot, to $9 per day in the economy lots. Valet parking is also available.
Flights to Chicago O'Hare are available on dozens of airlines, including American Airlines, British Airways, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Lufthansa, Air Canada, All Nippon Airways, Air France, Aeromexico, Korean Air, Alitalia, Air India, Alaska Airlines, Cathay pacific, Continental, Delta, KLM, Japan Airlines, Iberia, Etihad, Royal Jordanian, Turkish Airlines, Swiss Airlines, US Airways, and Virgin America.
Wifi is provided throughout the airport by Boingo, and passengers can purchase prepaid cards for $6.95, giving them unlimited browsing time for 24 hours.
Chicago O'Hare has a fully-equipped business centre in Terminal 2, offering fax, phone, copying, scanning, shipping and binding services. Terminal 1 has Laptop Lane, offering internet-ready workstations with phones, fax and printing services.
Chicago O Hare International Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.