N808NWatMSP From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 170 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2215 times:
My dad and I are planning on doing a "24-hour hop at ORD" this October. We plan to arrive at ORD sometime in the morning, stay at the airport and spot until our flight the next morning. A few questions for you guys about spotting inside ORD...
Are you allowed to drift from terminal to terminal without security hassling you? What about going to T5 (international)?
Where are good places inside ORD to spot from? Good views of the runways? Good view of the international terminal?
Night_Flight From United States of America, joined May 1999, 156 posts, RR: 1 Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2176 times:
There are many good places to see aircraft at O'hare! You are able to walk between terminals since they are all connected.
You will have troubles being able to access the int'l gates (Terminal 5). Only ticked passengers are allowed access (I believe). The best way to take shots of Terminal 5 would be from the Terminal 3 American Airlines gates, which are located directly across the apron.
I like the end of the Terminal 2 F-Gates. From here, you can see many aircraft taxing/landing/taking off from runway 14R/32L and 9R/27L.
UAL keeps many of their B747/777's near the center of the B-Gates. Good photo ops here as well.
Located at the center of the airport is a Hilton Hotel, which you can access from underground tunnels. Also located in this area is the famous ORD Store. This store has all types of aviation-related things such as tee-shirts to any type of model aircraft you could think of.
Uadc8contrail From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1782 posts, RR: 10 Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2138 times:
just to add what night flight posted...i have found that the end of the (L)concourse is where i have taken some great pixs of a/c at term 5....also the parking garage top level is where you can really get some good pixs. the end of the F concourse that n/flight says is probably the best if you want shots of 9R/27L. departing a/c on 27L usually rotate abeem the F concourse and those arriving on 9R usually put the front tires down abeem with the F as well.have fun
Apodino From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 4020 posts, RR: 6 Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2133 times:
One good thing about ORD, is that all the other terminals are linked in the secure area. For example you can go from Ted gates in the B concourse all the way to the L gates in Terminal 3 without leaving security. Its a bit of a walk, but its good excercise.
Good spotting spots hmmmm. The L gates I think provide the best view of terminal 5, the K gates have a good view as well. At the end of either the G or F gates, you have a view of the 9R-27L Runway and taxiways, which is among the busiest parts of the airport with activity. The end of the E concourse provides a good view of the 32L T10 intersection, which is ORD's favorite departure point, and you can get lots of good shots there.
The mid C gates are where most of the UA widebodies park, additionally you can get some good shots of 4L and 9L here, as well as the penalty box, where planes often wait for gates.
The airport Tram provdes a great view down 27R as well. Additionally, the sheraton 4 points, located off the airport on Irving park, gives a decent view of 22L departures.
Night_Flight From United States of America, joined May 1999, 156 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2045 times:
I totally forgot about another great place! You can take the hotel shuttle to the Wyndham Hotel. There is a parking lot located right next to the Rosemont Convention Center that is directly underneath the approach for 22R. There is also a Target and other shops.
The planes are so low, you can listen to the contrails making noise. Very obvious behind the CRJ-200's.
Remember when sex was safe and flying was dangerous?
N808NWatMSP From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 170 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1921 times:
Thank you guys for the great information! I have another question...If the terminals close from 12-5 A.M., are you allowed to stay within the terminals? Does that mean I would be forced to go to a hotel?
ORDflyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 511 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1893 times:
Quote: .If the terminals close from 12-5 A.M., are you allowed to stay within the terminals? Does that mean I would be forced to go to a hotel?
I've never tried staying overnight so can't give a definitive answer, but my guess is yes that you'll have to leave the airport. I think the only time people are allowed to sleep overnight is when are a large amount of cancelled flights and they set up "Hotel O'Hare" with cots in the baggage claim area. Again I could be wrong, but either way you'd probably be much more comforrtable at a hotel because not much happens overnight at the airport, at least form the passenger terminals. If you want a potentially good view of the airfield I would suggest trying to get a room at the Hilton on a high floor. I've done some great spotting from the hotel the few times that I've stayed there.
ORDUSA From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 38 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1750 times:
There is also a way to get a good view of T5 right where runway 27L-4R is from the AMC Parking lot. You can get there taking the employee shuttle from any of the terminals on the upper levels. Once in the lot you'll have to take shots through a chainlink fence, but I'm sure a camera lense will fit through there. When Are you planning to be at ORD?
Just watching the birds go by is good enough for me.
N808NWatMSP From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 170 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 1663 times:
I will be planing to go this October, on the weekend of 22nd-23rd. I was hoping to avoid the cost of a hotel, and stay at the airport overnight, but I guess now that it isn't possible. Maybe I will arrive at ORD in the morning, then leave later that night...But, then flying on a United Express ERJ170 wouldn't be possible either! Argh!
CWAFlyer From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 637 posts, RR: 1 Reply 19, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1496 times:
I've landed on 32L once and that was at 5am. I asked my father
in law who is a retired 757/767 captain with American and he said
that because of noise abatement, 32L/R are the preferred calm wind runways
that time of the morning. They aren't used very often as one person noted.
The majority of the time I've landed in ORD on red-eyes, it has
been on 14R. A few times on 27L. During the early afternoon
time frame, I would say 90% of the time it has been 22R with
a handful of 9R, 4R, and 14R.
As jacked up as ORD can be, I think it's a pretty cool airport.