O’Hare Airport Guide 2024

Whether you’re planning for your layover at O’Hare or just want to be prepared on things to know or do in case of flight delays during your stopover at O’Hare this guide has all you need to know.

Some information in this comprehensive piece is practical advice and tips while others are general things to know about O’Hare. You can skip this guide to whichever section you like.

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Overview of O’Hare Airport:

O’Hare Airport is quite a big airport with 4 terminals, 191 gates spread across 9 Concourses. You can easily walk between T1, T2 and T3 but may need to use Airport Transit System (ATS) to get to T5.

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O’Hare International Airport is a public airport owned by the city of Chicago and is operated by the Chicago Department of Aviation which serves Chicago and its metropolitan areas. It was opened in February 1994. O’Hare is located in O’Hare, Chicago, Illinois United States. It is a hub for American Airlines, United Airlines Cargo, and Atlas Air. O’Hare airport span 11.9 square miles.Read more on this guide on how big O’Hare is.

You can also check out our JFK, Laguardia, LAX, Denver Airport, Charlotte Airport, and Frankfurt airport guides.

Sleep at O’Hare Airport:

Sleeping at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) can be a challenge, as most of the seating comes with armrests, restricting space for laying down. Resourceful travelers might find the rare armrest-free chair or opt for sleeping on the floor, though it’s essential to come prepared for the cold. The airport, open 24 hours, drops in temperature at night, so bringing a warm jacket or a blanket is a must. For those looking to catch some sleep, there are several recommended spots:

  • Terminal 5 boasts circular sofas near the security checkpoint and quiet nooks around Gate C20 and between Gates M4 and M1.
  • Terminal 1, Gates C24-C26 and Terminal B (near B Gates and B18) have rows of seats and quiet couches, some without armrests, making them potential sleeping spots.
  • For solitude and a bit less noise, the International 5 – M Gates area, Terminal 5 Circular Couches, and the Terminal G Rotunda provide various options ranging from wooden couches to carpeted floors ideal for laying out a sleeping mat.

However, most of these spots are limited in number and can be subject to airport noise levels, such as announcements. Therefore, travelers should bring all necessary items to make their overnight stay as comfortable as possible, including sleep mats, bags, and possibly earplugs or eye masks to counter the brightly lit surroundings.

Read our detailed guide with info on Minute Suites that have since been discontinued and 10 other alternative locations to sleep at ORD.

O’Hare International Airport Terminals

O’Hare has four numbered passenger terminals with nine lettered concourses and a total of 191 gates. With the exception of flights from airports with U.S Customs and Border Protection preclearance, all inbound international flights arrive at Terminal 5 as the other terminals do not have custom screening facilities.

Terminal 1

Terminal 1 is designated for United Airlines, encompassing concourses B and C. Concourse B connects to Concourse C via an underground pedestrian tunnel, allowing for seamless transfers. This terminal hosts United Airlines’ mainline and some United Express flights, alongside Star Alliance partners like Lufthansa and ANA.

United operates three United Clubs in Terminal 1 and for premium international passengers, United operates a Polaris Lounge and a United Arrivals Suite.

Terminal 2

Terminal 2 serves Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Delta and Delta Connection, JetBlue, and most United Express operations across concourses E and F. It features amenities such as a Delta Sky Club and a United Club.

 Terminal 3

Terminal 3 accommodates all departing and arriving American Airlines and American Eagle flights, as well as certain Oneworld carriers like Iberia and Japan Airlines. This terminal is split into concourses G, H, K, and L, with G and L primarily for American Eagle flights and H and K for American Airlines’ mainline operations. Admirals Club lounges are available for passengers seeking comfort and exclusivity.

Terminal 5

Terminal 5, or the International Terminal, contains concourse M and is the landing point for all inbound international flights, except for select Star Alliance and Oneworld flights that may depart from terminals 1 or 3. Airlines from non-US carriers, excluding Air Canada, depart from here. Terminal 5 is also undergoing expansion to enhance passenger experience without disrupting operations, housing several exclusive airline lounges for international travelers.

Shower Facilities:

Chicago’s O’Hare Airport does not have public shower facilities but you have two paid shower options that require you to have membership or day-pass access to either Admirals Club Lounge or United’s Polaris Lounge.

Unitd’s Polaris Lounge Showers at ORD

The cheaper shower option at ORD among the two is at Polaris Lounge which you can access with a $59 one-day pass that you can purchase through United App. You’ll need to show that you have same-day flight with United or with Sky-Alliance partners. Polaris Lounge is located in concourse C near gate C18 and is open from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily.

Image showing Polaris Lounge Showers at ORD.
Image showing Polaris Lounge Showers with showerhead, folded towel, and sandals at ORD. Credit:Upgradedpoints.com

The lounge is open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Learn more about United’s Polaris Lounge here.

Admirals Club Showers

Admirals Club Lounge is the other lounge with shower facility at ORD and is $20 more expensive than Polaris Lounge’s day pass. You’ll have to pay $79 at the door at the door and will have to show your boarding pass for same-day travel with American Airlines, Alaska Airlines or other One Alliance partners.

Upon purchase, lounge staff will provide a key for entry to the private showers in the Admirals Club in these 3 locations:

  • Terminal 3, Concourse G across from Gate 8(open from 6:15AM to 7:15PM daily)
  • Terminal 3, Concourse H/K at the crosswalk between Gates H6 and K6(open from 5:00AM to 9:00PM daily)
  • Terminal 3, Concourse L, next to gate L1(open from 6:15AM to 7:15PM daily)
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Image showing Admirals club shower at ORD. Credit:terminalsavvy.com

Learn more about United’s Admiral’s Club here.

Storage Lockers:

O’Hare Airport does not offer storage lockers within its terminals, a decision potentially influenced by post-9/11 security concerns. This practice aligns with several other airports and public storage locations, such as Union Station in downtown Chicago, which have also removed locker services to prevent potential security risks. Despite the absence of lockers at the airport, you can opt for alternative private storage locations outside O’Hare.

Services like Bounce, Stasher, and Qeepl provide secure luggage storage nearby, offering 24/7 access at local shops and hotels with daily rates and insurance included. These options facilitate safe luggage storage for you so you can explore Chicago with ligher luggage as you wait for your next flight.

Stasher’s rates starts from $4.95 bag/day as per its website and Bounce rates starts from $5.9 per bag. Bounce’s closest location from the ORD is 3 miles away at Des Plaines Storage Spot. It appears that Qeepl is a much smaller player and doesn’t yet have storage locations near O’Hare.

WiFi:

You can enjoy unlimited free Wi-Fi internet access throughout all of ORD’s terminals, accessible both before and after security checkpoints. To connect, ensure your device’s Wi-Fi is turned on.

This service supports a variety of devices including laptops, tablets, and smartphones. To connect, select either “Boingo Hotspot” or _Free_ORD_Wi-Fi from your device’s ‘Settings’ or ‘Network Preferences’ menu. After selecting the network, open a web browser and load a new non-https URL to trigger the Wi-Fi access page.

Choose “Watch Ad to Connect” under the ORD Free Unlimited Wi-Fi options for access. Should any difficulties arise while trying to connect to the Wi-Fi network, passengers are encouraged to contact Boingo Wireless Customer Care at (800) 880-4117 for assistance.

Get more details on ORD’s official website page here.

Getting between ORD Terminals:

Navigating between terminals at O’Hare International Airport is streamlined and accessible, ensuring a smooth transition for travelers.

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ORD Airport train transit system.jpg
  • For passengers connecting between domestic Terminals 1, 2, and 3, there’s no need to exit the secured side—simply follow the overhead signage to move effortlessly between these terminals.
  • However, to travel between Terminal 5 and Terminals 1, 2, or 3, passengers can utilize the Airport Transit System (ATS), easily identified by its signage.
  • For those unable to use the ATS or preferring an alternative, the Terminal Transfer Bus (TTB) offers a convenient service, operating every 15 minutes from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. The TTB has two routes connecting Terminal 1 with Terminal 5 and Terminal 3 with Terminal 5, ensuring timely and efficient travel. ATS service is every 3-5 minutes during peak hours, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Pickup locations are strategically placed at Gate B1 in Terminal 1, Gates G17 and K20 in Terminal 3, and Gate M13 in Terminal 5, facilitating direct access to and from these points.
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ORD Terminal Bus Transfer. Full Map

Parking:

Parking at O’Hare International Airport is designed to accommodate the needs of all travelers, whether they’re looking for convenience close to the terminals or more economical options. The Main Garage offers hourly parking on Level 1 and daily parking across Levels 2 through 6, ideal for those visiting the domestic terminals. For individuals flying internationally, Terminal 5 – Lot D provides convenient access right next to International Terminal 5.

ORD Parking Map
ORD Parking Map

For travelers seeking more budget-friendly options, Economy Lots H, F, and G are situated along Bessie Coleman Drive. Economy Lot H, located at the northeast corner of Bessie Coleman and Coffey Road, requires a credit card for payment. Economy Lot F is found at the southeast corner of Mannheim and Zemke Rd, and Economy Lot G lies along the same drive, ensuring that regardless of where you park, you have options that cater to both convenience and cost considerations.

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O’Hare International Airport Map

This is how O’Hare International Airport is depicted on google map

O'hare airport map

O’Hare International Airport Duty Free

For access to duty free shops, you can simply find them at all terminals in the airport. There are duty free shops at terminal 1, 2 and 3 and features
different top brands. There is a duty-free store that deals with international
cosmetics, fragrance, liquor, tobacco, international confectionary and fashion
accessories. Duty free at terminal 1 is located in the concourse C, near gate
C17, at terminal 2 in concourse CE and at terminal 3 in the concourse K, near
gate K5. Terminal 5 has a different duty-free store-Dufry located in the
concourse M next to gate M14.

O’Hare International Airport Lost and Found

At O’Hare International Airport (ORD), multiple organizations manage lost and found items, ensuring that passengers have a chance to recover lost belongings. For items misplaced at ticket counters, gate areas, or on airplanes, passengers should contact their respective airline.

  • For items lost at TSA checkpoints or security lines, the TSA Lost and Found can be reached at (773) 377-1210.
  • The O’Hare Airport Transit System (OATS) handles items lost within its facilities and can be contacted at (773) 601-1817 or via email at lost@ohareats.com.
  • For lost keys in parking facilities, Standard Parking is the go-to at (773) 686-7530, while the Chicago Police (at (773) 686-2385) should be contacted for all other lost items in parking areas.
  • Lost items in restaurants or food service areas can be reported by calling (773) 377-7804, and for items lost at Hudson News, the contact number is (773) 686-7535.
  • For all other retail (non-food) locations, reaching out directly to the specific business is advised. In the Terminal 5 Customs Area, U.S. Customs can be contacted at (773) 686-3157.
  • For items lost in public areas of the terminal, the Chicago Police provide assistance at the same number.
  • The Multi-Modal Facility for rental cars has a specific line at (773) 462-9515, and for United Airlines-related losses, passengers should directly contact United Airlines, the TSA, or the ATS depending on where the item was lost.

O’Hare International Airport Smoking Area:

You are not allowed indoors within O’Hare terminals after security and while the laws applicable at Chicago’s O’Hare allow for smoking outdoors, the airport has not set up designated smoking areas. You can, however, still smoke if you are willing to go outside the airport’s terminals(before security) in the landside and at least 15 ft away from the terminals buildings.

Some discussions among smokers have brought to light several preferred spots for smoking, particularly anywhere along the lower or upper roadway outside the airport terminals so long as you are at least 15 feet away from any terminal doors.

If you are navigating the terminal change at O’Hare International Airport, particularly those moving from international arrivals at Terminal 5 (T5) to domestic departures at Terminal 3 (T3), there’s a convenient opportunity to smoke at outdoor spaces right after baggage claim.

Once you’ve collected your luggage and cleared customs and immigration at T5, you’ll have a brief window to smoke outside before continuing to your next gate. This is especially useful since you’ll have to recheck your baggage at the American Airlines counter before taking the tram to T3.

One traveler suggests taking advantage of this moment right after exiting the baggage claim area and before boarding the tram to T3. Remember to allow enough time for security screening at T3 after taking your break outside, ensuring a smooth transition to your connecting flight.

More about Illinois Legislation Prohibiting Smoking at O’Hare

In January 2008, the Smoke-Free Illinois Act (SFIA) was enacted following approval by the Illinois State legislature. Concurrently, the Clean Indoor Air Ordinance (CIAO) passed by Chicago City’s councilors also took effect in the same month. These two legislation paved way for ban of all indoor smoking area in public spaces in the Stae including airports and the enforcement to this rule has been very strict.

What’s unique with O’Hare anti-smoke policies is that it did not set aside designated smoking areas where passengers can go and smoke outside the terminal buildings while adhering to the law that prohibits smoking within 15 feet of any public building incluidng airports.

Effective January 2024 the SFIA Act regulation included e-cigarettes as part of its anti-smoking legislation. Vaping and any form of tobacco smoking including Marijuana smoking is not permitted at all indoors within O’Hare’s terminals. The Clean Indoor Air Ordinance(CIAO) was actually ahead of SFIA in baning vaping as it bans ban went info Effect in April 29, 2014.

Both CIAO and SFIA relieve employers and operators of public spaces from the obligation to establish specific designated smoking zones, a fair approach that could be beneficial for health, especially for those who prefer to avoid crowded smoking areas. Under this outdoor smoking policy without designated zones, individuals are allowed to smoke at a distance of at least 15 feet from the Terminal building while staying outside the premises. It was able to verify that the permissible distance from buildings is indeed 15 feet, not 20 feet.

Violating smoking regulations at O’Hare Airport by lighting up in non-designated areas can result in significant consequences. Beyond the discomfort your actions may cause non-smokers, who are within their rights to report such behavior, the repercussions escalate quickly. An infringement can prompt staff or witnesses to involve law enforcement, potentially leading to a hefty penalty of $500, arrest, and even missing your flight. To avoid these severe outcomes, adhering to the airport’s stringent no-smoking policies is strongly advised.

If you have a lengthy layovers consider leaving the airside and move outside the airport’s terminals, though this requires enduring security checks upon return. You can also consider nicotine patches to offer a convenient solution to manage cravings without seeking out designated smoking zones.

While Nicorette Gum is also used by those who want to quit smoking, it is a win-win for getting a nicotine-resemling fix at O’Hare Airport if you don’t want to go outside the terminals to smoke. Its a win because you may actually end up smoking entirely.

You may think that O’Hare is strict. Read about Bangkok’s no-smoke policy in Thailand where smoking anywhere within the airport is prohibited. You start appreciating that at least O’Hare allows smoking outside the terminals. Bangkok’s rule is brutal, if you ask me.

O’Hare Airport Pet Relief

There are three outdoor pet relief areas near the lower level curb directly in front of terminal 1, 2 and 5. The area includes real grass, gravel, wood chips, poop bags, and garbage cans. An expansion in October 2015 created a new indoor pet relief area just past the security checkpoint in the Rotunda area of terminal 3. A hose bib and reel are provided for manual spraying, plastic poop bags are provided and there are two sinks for passenger use.

What to do near O’Hare International Airport

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Eat like a local Chicago is known for its international dining scene, and that extends to its airport. Dining options range from grab-and-go to full-service, and there is something around practically every corner, so you are sure to find something to enjoy. You can try local specialties at the Chicago Style Hot Dos outposts, Reggio’s Chicago Pizza and Garrett Popcorn Shops. Tortas Frontera by Rick Bayless is a popular celebrity chef restaurant with few concessions in each terminal that stay open 24-hours.
Relax in the airport lounge You can spend some quality time hanging out in the airport lounges. Many lounges allow travelers, regardless of the airline or service class flown to enter for a fee. You can relax in comfort, eat some tasty foods and enjoy the relative quiet. To gain entry, pay at the door or buy online a single-pass or use your membership program. You can access the location details from the Chicago O’Hare Airport Guide.
Go shopping You can go shopping from plenty of shopping opportunities at your disposal. There is plenty of well-known shop in the airport selling a wide range of products and last-minute necessities.
Browse the art O’Hare does a good job of displaying unique public art throughout the airport. You can find sculptures, murals, paintings, and more art pieces. The most popular spot is the oft-Instagrammed neon tunnel, titled,” The Sky’s the Limit”, connecting concourse B and C
Hit the gym and freshen up You can pay to enter the Hilton Athletic Club, located in the Hilton Hotel outside terminal 2 with facilities such as gym equipment, lap pool, sauna, Jacuzzi and full-service locker room. Even if you just want to take a shower and freshen up, the fee is probably worth it.
Enjoy a spa treatment There is terminal Gateway Spa in three locations where you can get a manicure, pedicure, facials, massage treatment and many more spa services. XpresSpa also provide speedier beauty services
Yoga If you need to stretch out after a long flight you can visit the yoga room located in terminal 3 Rotunda, Mezzanine, which is open daily from 6 am to 10 pm. Tv provides yoga poses if you need some prompting.
Go sightseeing You can go check out Chicago. The L train’s Blue will help in transit and have you in the heart of Chicago in about 45 minutes or you can hire a taxi. Few activities you can do within walking distance are; stroll nearby world-class museums, stop for a picture at the popular Bean sculpture in Millennium Park, take in views from the SkyDeck, join a Chicago Riverboat Cruise or tour Wrigley Field for some sports
Get online You can stay connected to friends and family, update social media accounts or surf the internet courtesy of the airport’s free wifi. You will want to use your time wisely as there is a 30 minutes time limit restriction but still there are options to upgrade in hourly, daily or monthly increments.
Catch up on your sleep Should opt to catch up some sleep or take a nap, there are a lot of sleep-friendly benches or chairs. There are curved couches just inside security in concourse K, as well as in the hallway connecting Concourse K and H, near gate K6. The airport does provide cots and toiletry kits to unlucky travelers who have canceled or significantly delayed flights. Read more on O’Hare Airport sleep rooms here.

O’Hare International Airport Facilities

Medical Services

For urgent medical assistance, visit the medical facility located in Terminal 2 on the ticketing level near the Kids on the Fly exhibits and the Travelers Aid office, open Monday to Friday, 8 am to 5 pm. Additionally, flu shots and visitation services are available in Terminals 1, 2, and 3.

Family Restrooms

Changing stations and unisex family restrooms are conveniently located throughout all terminals at the airport. In Terminal 1, find them at Gates B4, B10, C20, and the baggage claim area.

Terminal 2 offers these facilities across from the children’s museum, at Gate E5, and in the baggage claim area. Terminal 3 provides them at Gates G11, H14, H3, K1, L5, within the Rotunda, and at the baggage claim area, ensuring accessibility and convenience for travelers with families.

Chapel

For a quiet moment of reflection or prayer before your flight, visit the serene chapel located on the Mezzanine level of Terminal 2, above Delta Airlines ticketing and near the USO lounge, equipped with various materials to aid in your spiritual practices. In our guide with details of sleeping spots at Chicago’s O’hare, this chapel is identifid as one quiet spot to catch some Zs.

USO

At O’Hare Airport, the USO proudly supports active US military members and their families with two complimentary lounges.

These sanctuaries are strategically located in Terminal 2, landside, above the Northwest Ticket Counter on the Mezzanine Level, and in Terminal 3, airside, on the Mezzanine Level of the G Concourse Rotunda. Offering a serene retreat from airport activity, these lounges provide various amenities to ensure the comfort of service members during their travels.

Lounges

At O’Hare Airport, travelers can access various lounges regardless of their ticket class through payment at the door, purchasing a single visit pass, or via lounge membership programs. These lounges offer amenities to enhance your travel experience, some even including showers.

  • American Airlines Admirals Club is available in multiple locations across Concourses G, H/K (with shower facilities), and L, offering a comfortable space for relaxation or work. You can pay $79 for a day pass at the door.
  • Swissport Lounge, located in Terminal 5 near Gate M13, grants access through lounge membership programs, providing a quiet escape from the terminal’s hustle. No day-pass access.
  • United Club can be found in multiple spots within Concourses B, C, and F. Access is available by paying at the door (with a United Airlines ticket) or through United Club Membership, offering various amenities to travelers. You can purchase a day pass for $59 using United’s App

For airline-specific lounge access:

  • Delta Sky Club, situated in Terminal 5 between Gates M11 and M14, is open to those with Elite Status or through lounge membership programs. No day pass access
  • SAS Lounge is located between Gates M19 and M20 in Terminal 5, providing a peaceful retreat. No day pass access
  • British Airways Lounge, near Gate M7 in Terminal 5, offers exclusive amenities for its guests. No day pass access

Business and meeting rooms

In case you want to have a conference during your layover or before your flight you can access the meeting room available at Hilton Chicago O’Hare airport located from terminals 1, 2, 3 in the lower arcade level of the Hilton Hotel.

Power Station

You can access power charging stations in case of need and concierge which provides information in 8 different languages about transportation, hotel weather and many more.

Art Exhibitions

There is a public art program with lots of paintings, sculptures and art pieces exhibit through the airport facility where you can go have some look during your layover. There is also the aeroponic gardening, which is the growing of plants without soil you can have a look at.

Check out our guide with 20+ fun things to do in O’Hare during a layover.

Other Services

Apart from the listed services, you can enjoy more services such as shops with known brands and also local businesses, dining services with unique restaurants and also national franchises, a relax area where you can practice yoga, go to a spa and visit a barbershop or a health club.

Hotels Near O’Hare International Airport

  1. Aloft Chicago O’Hare: Known for its modern vibe and vibrant social scene, Aloft provides a refreshing stay with spacious, tech-friendly rooms, a lively bar, and a 24/7 pantry.
  2. Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel & Conference Center: This hotel is ideal for business travelers, featuring extensive meeting spaces, a fitness center, and comfortable rooms, all within a short shuttle ride from the airport.
  3. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago O’Hare Airport – Rosemont: Guests are greeted with a warm cookie and can enjoy luxurious bedding, a well-equipped fitness center, and on-site dining options.
  4. Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago O’Hare Rosemont: Offers spacious two-room suites, free made-to-order breakfast, and an evening reception, making it perfect for families and extended stays.
  5. Hilton Rosemont/Chicago O’Hare: Connects convenience with comfort, providing a sky bridge to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, a fitness center, and an indoor pool.
  6. Holiday Inn Chicago O’Hare Area, an IHG Hotel: A budget-friendly option that doesn’t skimp on comfort, offering a free airport shuttle, on-site dining, and comfortable rooms.
  7. Holiday Inn Express & Suites Chicago O’Hare Airport, an IHG Hotel: Known for its free breakfast and comfortable, modern rooms, this hotel ensures a convenient and relaxing start to your day.
  8. Hyatt Place Chicago/O’Hare Airport: Features spacious rooms with a cozy corner sofa-sleeper, free Wi-Fi, and a fitness center, catering to both business and leisure travelers.
  9. Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel: Offers upscale accommodations with an art gallery on-site, live music events, and a complimentary airport shuttle, providing a unique experience.
  10. Marriott Chicago O’Hare: This recently renovated hotel boasts a modern design, an indoor/outdoor pool, and a convenient airport shuttle, making travel easy and comfortable.
  11. Renaissance Chicago O’Hare Suites Hotel: Stands out with its stylish suites, an indoor pool, and a fitness center, all designed to rejuvenate travelers.
  12. Sheraton Suites Chicago O’Hare: Delivers comfort in its all-suite rooms, equipped with a separate living area, alongside an on-site restaurant and free airport shuttle service.
  13. Sonesta Chicago O’Hare Airport Rosemont: Offers spacious rooms, on-site dining, and a free airport shuttle, providing convenience and comfort to its guests.
  14. The Rose Hotel Chicago O’Hare, Tapestry Collection by Hilton: This boutique hotel distinguishes itself with a contemporary design, fine dining, and unique amenities, creating a memorable stay close to the airport.

Destinations from O’Hare International Airport

destination How to get there
Midway airport Take the Blue train from O’Hare statin located in the lower level of terminal 2, get off at the Clark/ Lake station downtown and transfer to the Orange Line free of charge then take the Orange Line towards Midway and get off at the Midway station, you can also use a taxi for hire or shuttles
Indianapolis You can take a bus which costs from $20 to $35 and takes 5hours 15 minutes. You can also take a train which costs $35 to $60 and takes 6 hours 48 minutes
Milwaukee Take the Wisconsin Coach Lines that operates. The tickets cost $5 to $35 and the journey takes 1 hour 50 minutes.
Millennium park Take the Chicago Transit Authority Blue Line which runs directly from the underbelly of O’Hare to the heart of the loop. The total time from the baggage claim to Millennium Park is roughly an hour.
McCormick Place Take the Blue line from O’Hare and transfer to a south-bound Green Line train at Clark and Lake.
Hong Kong Take a flight from O’Hare to Hong Kong.
Hyatt regency Take a taxi which costs from $55-$70 and takes 21 minutes.
Greyhound Bus Station Follow the signs that says “CTA trains” this will take you to Blue line train station. At the Blue Line train station, go to the Ventra Vending machines, take a train to Clinton Station. Walk one block Harrison street then walk two blocks to the Greyhound bus station.
Downtown Take the Blue line L train, it will take you directly to Downtown in about 45 minutes for about $5. Get the Blue Lines from terminal 1, 2 and 3 by following the signs posted at the airport that says “CTA trains”
Union station Get to the CTA on the Blue line, follow the sign “Trains to City” which will take a 10-minute walk. Take a ticket to Clinton Station on the same Blue Line. Get from CTA station to Union station
Hilton Chicago Take a taxi which costs $55-$70 and takes 21 minutes. You can also take a direct train departing from O’Hare and arriving at Jackson Blue
Northwestern University Take the CTA Blue line train from O’Hare to the Washington stop in Chicago’s loop, walk through the pedestrian lane to the Redline train’s Washington stop, take the Red Line train north to the Howard stop, take the Purple line train north to the Foster stop in Evanston. Walk east of Foster about two blocks until you arrive at the Sheridan road. By car, this is a 17-mile trip and will take approximately 35 minutes.
Madison Take a flight at O’Hare airport to Madison.
Navi Pier Take the walk to Navy Pier terminal, take the line 29 bus to state & lake, take a walk to Clark then take a subway to destination.
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