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6 Hours In ORD - What To Do?  
User currently offlineDanVS From Brazil, joined Jul 2009, 254 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 4 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4819 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.

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User currently offlineHOOB747 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 438 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 4 months 20 hours ago) and read 4781 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.

Have fun, Chicago in the spring is awesome!!!!



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User currently offlineDanVS From Brazil, joined Jul 2009, 254 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 4 months 10 hours ago) and read 4758 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.

Rgs,


User currently offlineHOOB747 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 438 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 4 months 8 hours ago) and read 4754 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.


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User currently offlineDanVS From Brazil, joined Jul 2009, 254 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4726 times:

Thank you for your comments.   
If I need to transfer to a bus, then it's really better to take a taxi. I just hope traffic isn't stuck when I get back to the airport around 10 a.m.

Rgs


User currently offlineB6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2866 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (4 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4717 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:

http://www.transitchicago.com/riding_cta/systemguide/blueline.aspx



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User currently offlineN776AU From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 753 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (4 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4699 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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User currently offlineDanVS From Brazil, joined Jul 2009, 254 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4655 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.

Rgs,


User currently offlinemt99 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 6565 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4644 times:
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Quoting N776AU (Reply 6):
Still? They were doing that work last May when I was there. I
Quoting DanVS (Reply 7):
There's no mention on the Transit Chicago site about having to make a bus transfer on the blue line

I used the blue line 2 days ago and there is no construction anywhere. What times/day of week are you going to be in the city?

I would not risk traffic if i where you.. use the blue line $2.. and be safe

Quoting DanVS (Thread starter):
Do you think it is possible to go to downtown Chicago to, say, buy electronics

What kind of electronics? There is really not a good place to buy electronics downtown...



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User currently offlinesovietjet From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2003, 2550 posts, RR: 17
Reply 9, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 4620 times:
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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.

User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4610 times:

Quoting mt99 (Reply 8):
What kind of electronics? There is really not a good place to buy electronics downtown...

Theres a BestBuy in the Hancock lobby. Only place I can really think of.


User currently offlinemt99 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 6565 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 4605 times:
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Quoting LOT767-300ER (Reply 10):
Theres a BestBuy in the Hancock lobby. Only place I can really think of.

Yea and that its super small - isnt it?



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User currently offlineDanVS From Brazil, joined Jul 2009, 254 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4551 times:

Thank you for your reply. I'll probably take the subway line then.

Quoting mt99 (Reply 8):
What kind of electronics? There is really not a good place to buy electronics downtown...
Quoting LOT767-300ER (Reply 10):
Theres a BestBuy in the Hancock lobby. Only place I can really think of.

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.

Quoting sovietjet (Reply 9):
What time is your arrival and departure?

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).

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User currently offlineOP3000 From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 1759 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 4517 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.


User currently offlinesovietjet From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2003, 2550 posts, RR: 17
Reply 14, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4509 times:
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If Best Buy is where you want to go, there's Best Buy stores way closer to ORD than the one downtown. Unless of course you want to check out the city.

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