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Terminal Spotting At Chicago O'Hare?  
User currently offlinedeltaA330 From United States of America, joined Oct 2012, 21 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 7988 times:

Ok so I have a nearly 3 hour layover at ORD on March 30, 2013. Any good places in the terminals to photograph airplanes?I will be flying United if that helps. Also how long would it take me to get from the UA gates to the international terminal?


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User currently offlinesovietjet From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2003, 2734 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 7982 times:
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I'm not sure, but I think going to the international terminal would require you to go through security again. Going there would probably take about 15-20 minutes though with the train and everything. Also, the international terminal has fewer good spots to take pics from what I remember.

User currently onlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6715 posts, RR: 34
Reply 2, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 7977 times:

I recall the UA terminal (satellite part) to not be great for photos.. There aren't that many opportunities to see the bulk of the traffic as most of the movements around the UA terminal seemed to be all UA. I thought that Terminal 3 (AA) was better for photography.

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User currently offlinegabik001 From Poland, joined Jun 2005, 245 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 7957 times:

T5 (Int'l) is good spotting place but only after security check before boarding. There are huge windows and great view of part of the airport but is not accessible for visitors.
United T1 has also good views but not so amazing like T5.
You can try 5-stories parking lot but I'm not sure about security. I used this spot occasionally just for a while to get something hard to spot outside of the airport.

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User currently offlineBrick From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1703 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 7953 times:

Terminal 5 is restricted to only those passengers holding a boarding pass for a flight departing from that terminal.

Try the end of Concourse L in the afternoon. Hopefully there will not be a lot of equipment parked close to the building, which can really clutter up a photo.

The food court in Concourse C is okay in the morning.

I've also been able to take photos in the past from Concourse E facing the United terminals.

When I was at ORD 3 weeks ago, the terminal windows (including T5) were very, very dirty!

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User currently offlinedeltaA330 From United States of America, joined Oct 2012, 21 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 7936 times:

Quoting Brick (Reply 4):
Try the end of Concourse L in the afternoon.

Well I will be there in the morning on the way there and late afternoon on the way back.

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