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O'Hare Connected Airside?  
User currently offlinewashingtonian From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5505 times:

Are all or most of the terminals at O'Hare connected airside via a walkway or shuttle bus? I've never actually flown through O'Hare, and I have an opportunity to take a connecting flight through there with several hours to kill (I don't know if this is a wise airport to connect through in December though!). As somebody who loves airports, would the exploring opportunities be worth it? I'd be flying United by the way.

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User currently offlinescorpy From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 400 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5479 times:

Quoting washingtonian (Thread starter):
Are all or most of the terminals at O'Hare connected airside via a walkway or shuttle bus? I've never actually flown through O'Hare, and I have an opportunity to take a connecting flight through there with several hours to kill (I don't know if this is a wise airport to connect through in December though!). As somebody who loves airports, would the exploring opportunities be worth it? I'd be flying United by the way.

Yes. Flying UA, you have access to UA's T1, T2 and AA's T3. T1 is kind of cool, T2 is a dump, T3 is decent.

T5 is not connected.


User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9643 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5473 times:

Lots of exploring can be done. All the domestic terminals are connected. While terminal 2 gate area is pretty bad, they have a museum exhibit that you pass by when going from T2 to T1 and it can be interesting.


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User currently offlinebohica From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2700 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5466 times:

Quoting washingtonian (Thread starter):
Are all or most of the terminals at O'Hare connected airside via a walkway or shuttle bus?

All the domestic terminals are connected beyond security via walkways. The international terminal is separate and you would have to exit the secured area and take a people mover to get there.

Quoting washingtonian (Thread starter):
I don't know if this is a wise airport to connect through in December though

As long as it doesn't snow you should be fine.  


User currently offlinewashingtonian From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5419 times:

How many hours do you think it would take to explore all of the domestic terminals?

User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9643 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 5412 times:

Quoting washingtonian (Reply 4):


How many hours do you think it would take to explore all of the domestic terminals?

The walk from the C gates (UA's largest terminal) all the way to the AA gates and back takes about an hour. If you want to do further exploring and try some spotting, you might want longer.



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User currently offlineRamblinMan From United States of America, joined Oct 2010, 1138 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 5362 times:

Go for it. The snow removal system is pretty impressive and there usually aren't problems except during storms. All the terminals are connected post-security except for 5. That kind of sucks because that's where you see a lot of international carriers... but I think you can see it from parts of T3. There is no kind of tram, and hardly any moving sidewalks airside, so bring walking shoes.

If either leg of your itinerary is on UA Express, you may use T2, but UA is primarily at T1. Spend as little time at T2 as possible- it is a serious dump.

I wouldn't purposefully spend more than a couple hours though. It's not really a spotters' paradise unless you have a weird thing for lots and lots of CRJs and ERJs. People-watching can be really interesting.


User currently offlineapodino From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 4280 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 5137 times:

one thing to note, there is a shuttle bus that runs from Gate C9 in terminal 1 to E2 in terminal 2. But if you have time, the walkway between B and C in Terminal 1 is kind of neat. If you have ever been to DTW, its very similar to the one that is between A and B/C in the McNamarra Terminal.

Otherwise, I agree, 1 is not bad at all, 2 is a dump, and 3 is a decent, but not great facility.


User currently offlinewashingtonian From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 5118 times:

Thanks for the advice everyone! I have 4 1/2 hours. I hope to see some of the United departures to Asia.

Two related questions. If I buy a day-pass to the Red Carpet Club, can I use it in all the different ones that United has there? If so, what is the best one?

Also, any good restaurant suggestions for lunch at ORD?


User currently offlinezrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3173 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 5098 times:

Quoting washingtonian (Reply 8):
If I buy a day-pass to the Red Carpet Club, can I use it in all the different ones that United has there? If so, what is the best one?

I believe the RCC passes are one time passes (as opposed to one day passes). You might consider getting a DL pass instead. I think the food is better in their club.



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User currently offlineRamblinMan From United States of America, joined Oct 2010, 1138 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 5041 times:

Quoting apodino (Reply 7):
one thing to note, there is a shuttle bus that runs from Gate C9 in terminal 1 to E2 in terminal 2

Seriously? To think I've lived here over 5 years and I've never noticed that!


User currently offlinewashingtonian From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5004 times:

Quoting bohica (Reply 3):
The international terminal is separate and you would have to exit the secured area and take a people mover to get there.

Is ORD a bad airport to connect from international to domestic flights? This would make it seem so.


User currently offlineRamblinMan From United States of America, joined Oct 2010, 1138 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 4993 times:

Quoting washingtonian (Reply 11):
Is ORD a bad airport to connect from international to domestic flights? This would make it seem so.

Well, it's not the best, but this has nothing to do with it. You always have to re-clear security for a domestic connection after exiting the arrivals hall. The tram works just fine. Domestic to international is quite easy if staying on AA or UA, as aircraft are towed to T1 or T3 for their international departures. The real pain is if you, for example, fly into ORD on AA and connect to BA. You have to exit security, claim bags, take the train to T5, and check in again. Some international Star carriers like Lufthansa and ANA depart from T1 to facilitate connections from UA, but most foreign carriers will depart from 5.

Back before I moved to Chicago and had any familiarity with ORD, my parents and I were re-booked on EI from US Airways. The dumbass US agent assured us that we did not need to claim our bags, just go straight to the EI counter and get our boarding passes. We showed up, and the poor girl gave us an incredulous look and asked us why on earth we had left our luggage at T2. We only made that flight because someone was gracious enough to re-open checkin after we had found the luggage.


User currently offlinewashingtonian From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (3 years 11 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 4847 times:

Anybody have good ORD restaurant suggestions?

Quoting RamblinMan (Reply 12):
You always have to re-clear security for a domestic connection after exiting the arrivals hall. The tram works just fine

How long is it from when you exit the arrivals hall until you arrive at the domestic terminals security checkpoints?


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