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Confusing and Annoying, depending on your airline – O'Hare is undergoing renovations, so things at the airport may change by the time you read this. It was definitely not an easy place to navigate. There are often signs which will tell you two different things within 10 feet of each other! For example, to get to terminal 2 from the blue line, there is a sign that points left, but when you look left there are no more signs, and when you look right there is a sign that tells you it is straight ahead. Other places will tell you different concourses are straight into the wall. Also there were often signs pointing to elevators which went up and down, escalators that went down, and doors that lead outside all at once. We came in on a United flight and the gate area was beautiful, a nice entrance to the city and the walkway to get to baggage had the roof lined with neat neon lights. However, we had to get our bags from Northwest(due to flight issues), so to do that we found that we had to walk outside to get to terminal 2. The gate area of terminal 2(on the return flight) was very much less scenic, not even offering a moving walkway. The area was bleak with little shops. After another flight issue, we had to get to another concourse, which involved waiting for a shuttle to drive us all over the tarmac. It was not fun as we were in a rush and only made it to our gate as they did the final boarding call. Certainly an airport is an airport, but unless you fly United(Or one of the other terminal 1 airlines) and don't have to change terminals, it is a confusing experience which is dismal-looking
The #1 airport in the country – Ok, I'm biased. As a long-time Chicagoan, I probably have a love partly just because this is my old home town. But Ohare is beautiful. I mean it. The architecture is amazing, the interiors spacious and light feeling, and the tunnel out to Terminal C is amazing (in an artistic sense) -- though it feels a little bit like being in Logan's Run. The food options are numerous and seem to be better than your average airport fare. The downside here are the hugely long lines for security and tickets. Baggage claim is awesomely close to most of the terminal exits. City trains pull right into the airport -- and probably are your best bet for getting there or away from there.
One of the world's busiest airports offers customers plenty of options and extras. – Flying Out
O'Hare's dizzying activity is divided among four terminals--1, 2 and 3 are domestic, while Terminal 5 is international and in a separate building. United Airlines' monopolizes most of Terminal 1. The international terminal accommodates more than two dozen airlines flying to Europe, Asia, Mexico and the Middle East. The airport's vastness often means long walks from door to gate, so allow extra time. Business travelers enjoy basic services, as well as laptop workstations, language assistance, currency exchange, mailing center and on-site catering.
Take advantage of the airport's many restaurants, shops and other distractions. Among nearly 50 eateries are Chicago favorites like Billy Goat Tavern, Eli's, Lou Mitchell's, Goose Island Brewing Company and Pizzeria Uno. Shops (each in various locations) provide necessities and some indulgences, including Backrub Hub, Wilson's Leather and a jewelry store. There's also a children's museum, duty-free shops, interfaith chapel, medical center, health club and salon.
OHare – I have come to avoid Ohare whenever possible. Changing concourses takes considerable time and energy (although the tunnels are unique). There are very few decent eating establishments, surprising considering the volume of traffic this airport receives. I have also, for whatever reason, experienced more delays and cancellations from this airport than any other. The customer service staff that I have dealt with is slow, untrained and makes errors. I now deal only with Red Carpet Club staff or phone the Premiere line when there is a problem requiring intervention.
Huge but not overwhelming – I think Chicago O'Hare Airport is the most efficient airport in the nation, and it has to be. Although it gets blamed for delays a lot I find that for handling so much traffic and midwestern winters that it does a great job. The airport is nicely spread out into four terminals so it's not too overwhelming. There's substancial places to eat and walking distances aren't too far. The Intl. Arrivals handling is fast and efficient. Another great thing about O'Hare is that it's right on the Rapid Transit system and takes 45 minutes to get downtown.
Off to Ireland – Awesome place to kiss! Was leaving for Ireland in 10 days, and I was given the most wonderful sendoff. I'll never forget that kiss. Nor the one I received in the airport when I returned. It was SO romantic!!!!
O'Hare is Hell on Earth – I had to spend 20 hours in O'Hare and it was the worst 20 hours of my life. It was July, and somehow they managed to create the icy conditions of winter. While I was trying to sleep, they not only ran the tvs, but played crappy elevator music over the PAs and had workers vacuuming at 4 in the morning. And all the seats have permanent arm rests, making it impossible to lie down. The airline I was on didn't help much either, but thats not the airports fault.
gone from home, but not forgotten – As a former resident of Chicago, and a former employee working in the international terminal at Lou Mitchells Express, this airport deserves good as well as bad ratings, good, for all the conveniences and services that are provided, bad. for the long lines,delayed flights, overcrowding, and employees that seem for the overall to enjoy the experience and comraderie of working there, save for the few who make the experinece not worth the trip.
Big City-BIGGER airport – Although O'Hare is the busiest airport in the world doesn't mean it can't be a GREAT airport. The food is delicious and the shopping is wonderful. The airport is easily accessible and you can fly to almost every place in the world from O'Hare. The lines can get pretty long as well as the delays but overall O'Hare is a terrific airport.
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