DanVS From Brazil, joined Jul 2009, 226 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 9 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4093 times:
I'm flying GRU-ORD-NRT and HKG-ORD-GRU next April.
I'll have around 6 hours of connecting time in ORD.
1) Is there any viewing terrace or something alike? Is it forbidden to take pictures of airplanes from inside the terminal?
2) Do you think it is possible to go to downtown Chicago to, say, buy electronics and go back to the airport without risking missing my flight? (Of course, in this case I'll have made a research on the internet so that when I arrive in Chicago I'll go straight to a specific store and back to the airport). It will be Saturday.
HOOB747 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 425 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (3 years 9 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4055 times:
You can take as many photos of planes as you like, but just don't make a giant production out of it. Don't draw too much attention to yourself at the gates and inside the terminal, and you will be fine. ORD is a pretty good place to snap photos, as they have many heavies lumbering around. Plenty of 747's and 777's of various liveries to be seen.
If I were going to downtown, you can take a cab for around $30-$40 US and make it in around 45 minutes or so. So if you know where you want to go to shop, you can easily spend a couple hours browsing downtown. A 5 or 6 hour connection is plenty of time! Just give yourself time to arrive back at the airport and get through security I did the same thing last May, as my flight to PVG was delayed 7 hours. I headed downtown and took a 2 hour sail on Lake Michigan on a gorgeous late spring day, and made it back to ORD in plenty of time.
DanVS From Brazil, joined Jul 2009, 226 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (3 years 9 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4032 times:
Thank you for the info, HOOB747. I'll start browsing the internet looking for good prices.
Do you think it's faster to take a cab instead of the blue-line subway? (I just don't want to count on traffic, you know). As per timetable, it takes about 40 minutes to get downtown. I don't know how safe this subway's specific line is, though.
HOOB747 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 425 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (3 years 9 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4028 times:
Yes, it is faster to take a cab, as the Elevated train transfers to a bus about 2/3 of the way to downtown, slowing your progress significantly. I know the last part was still under construction, so I wouldn't count on taking the elevated train the entire way to the city center. A taxi will do the job. The subway is totally safe, but the construction and its diversion can add time to your commute. If you have 5 or six hours, a taxi can serve you well. I know it costs a bit, but you can have a few hours downtown.
B6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2807 posts, RR: 7 Reply 5, posted (3 years 9 months 11 hours ago) and read 3991 times:
I took a train/subway from ORD, the station was right by the hotel I was staying in AT the airport. The train took me all the way downtown without needing to transfer to a bus, I went up to the top of the Sears tower and had some Chicago deep dish pizza. The line that I took was the Blue Line, it was a little less than 1 hour each way:
N776AU From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 722 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (3 years 9 months 6 hours ago) and read 3973 times:
Quoting HOOB747 (Reply 3): , as the Elevated train transfers to a bus about 2/3 of the way to downtown, slowing your progress significantly.
Still? They were doing that work last May when I was there. If it makes any difference, they did make the bus transfer very easy. The first time I did it was late at night too after a White Sox game. I had no idea where anything was at all but I made it back fine.
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DanVS From Brazil, joined Jul 2009, 226 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3929 times:
Thank you for the info.
There's no mention on the Transit Chicago site about having to make a bus transfer on the blue line.
Well, when I arrive in ORD, I'll ask someone if the line is still on repair and if pax need to make the bus transfer. If so, I'll take a cab. If not, I'll take the blue line.
sovietjet From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2003, 2429 posts, RR: 15 Reply 9, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3894 times:
Blue line works fine. Save the $60-80 of cab fares and use it instead for $5. What time is your arrival and departure? If you take a cab after 7AM headingdowntown it will easily be at least 30-40 minutes as the rush hour has started. The ride back will probably be shorter if it's after 9AM but still about 30 minutes. Blue line runs very often during the morning and takes about 40-60 minutes from ORD to downtown. Same time for the way back.
I'll arrive on a Saturday around 6 a.m. and I'll leave to NRT around noon.
On my ride back on Sunday I'll arrive around 2 p.m. and I'll leave at 9:30 p.m.
As BestBuy only opens at 10 a.m., I think I have no option but to buy it on my flight back (HKG-ORD-GRU).
OP3000 From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 1678 posts, RR: 2 Reply 13, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3791 times:
Quoting DanVS (Reply 12): I want to buy a netbook. I've been told BestBuy is a good option. I found three stores in Chicago, which open at 10 a.m
Aside from BestBuy, Staples also has a good selection of netbooks priced competitively. The train makes a ton of stops and goes through some not-so-nice neighborhoods, but generally is safe and definitely very cost effective. Its also time efficient, if you synchronize well with the departure times (IIRC about every 10-15 minutes). I suggest knowing where specifically (addresses) you want to go before arriving in downtown, and when you get to the downtown train station catch a cab ($5-10) to the store you want to see first.