If you fly at all, ever, chances are you will have a layover at the famous Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD). Also known simply as O’Hare. At one point, this was the busiest airport in the world. It no may no longer hold that title, but you wouldn’t know it from being there. It’s constantly slammed with people!
Still, don’t let the crowds intimidate you. This airport is easy to get around, there are plenty of shops/restaurants, and plenty of places to relax.
You may call me biased, since I used to live in Chicago, my brother recently moved back, and my dad worked at this airport for American Airlines. You’d be right. Still, there’s no denying that this legendary airport is still a great one. Chicago may get a bad rap for being crime ridden and for its overall chaos. But O’Hare isn’t like that. It’s clean, organized, friendly, and incredibly easy to get around. It’s also busy, so finding a place to sit and relax may be a challenge, but it’s not impossible. The WiFi is fast and free (after watching an advertisement), and there are restaurants galore. There are also a couple cool Chicago sports stores where I bought some Cubs gear. If you’re a member of the Admiral’s Club, you’re in luck. There are two huge lounges in the airport that have everything you could hope for, except for one thing. The one thing they lack is outlets. Strange, right? Other Admiral’s Clubs around the country contain a plethora of plugs, almost one per seat, not here, though.
Below is a picture that I need to explain. I’ve never seen this before and was blown away by it. Apparently, this is common in many bathrooms (supposedly). You wave your hand over that top sensor and the plastic automatically replaces itself, giving you a green light to let you know you can use the toilet. Am I the only one blown away by this?
There are a few things I look for in airports. Ease of transport within the airport. Comfort (seating/plugs/shopping). Food. And the wildcard. The wildcard is something unique that helps or hurts the airport.
The Chicago O’Hare International Airport receives a layover grade of 9 out of 10.
East of transport within the airport is great. It may be big but that doesn’t mean it’s complicated. If you have some time and money to kill, the shopping is great. The food options are great and unique to Chicago. The coffee is good though and there was plenty of space to sit, although the places to charge your phone were few and far between. The WIFI was worked well. The wildcard has to be the food options that are unique to O’Hare, like the numerous hotdog places and Garret Popcorn Shop. When all is said and done, this is a great airport to have a layover in.