777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12339 posts, RR: 18 Posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3044 times:
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In early June I'm passing throu ORD on UA and again passing throu ORD on UA in early August on my way home to NZ. I'm in ORD in June for roughly 1h 30mins. Is there anything that can be done between 5am and 6.30am while in ORD? In August I've got a 1 hour connecting time between 11am and 12pm.
I was informed that there are a few interesting movements during those times, but can't find the info now.
Ordpark From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 576 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3028 times:
Nothing out of the ordinary happens in the early morning except the arrivals of all the redeyes....and the daily startup....on the way back, you're around for all the Pacific dptrs...3 777's and 3 -400's....that's about it...
RoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9817 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2975 times:
When flying United all you can see is United. In the early morning the airport is fairly busy with the Redeye arrivals, but United's first bank of departures isn't until 8am-9am, so you won't see much. Concourse B will be busier than Concourse C since there are a number of early departures to the BusinessOne cities like DCA, LGA, BOS etc. At 5am though the airport will be pretty quite. ORD is busiest in the late afternoon and evening though it does maintain a pretty constant flow during the day. It is busiest in the late afternoon and evening because that is when all the flights to Europe depart and also when the flights from the west coast arrive.
From 11am to noon, the widebodies for Asia should be around, as they depart between noon and 1pm. If you are on the C concourse, then you can see those planes, but it is hard to get a good view of them since the lounges and customer service areas are over there, so the gate area does not have many windows.
As far as exotic international planes, you won't be able to see anything. Everything departs and arrives from terminal 5 which is on the far side of the airport. I do suggest you take a walk and explore a bit. Terminal 1 where United's flights leave out of is very nice. It is a nice, open and modern terminal. The underground walkway between concourse B and C is also fun.
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CWAFlyer From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 669 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2922 times:
As the other posters have said, not much is going on at ORD that time
of the morning other than what other red-eyes that AA and UA have
arriving. None of the bookstores or restaurants are even open.
Some of the Starbucks might be open, but I know the small kiosk in
the F concourse is not. About the only thing I find adventageous
at that time of day is being able to go to the F gates, read the
newspaper, and use the plugs to recharge my iPod and cell phone.
HPAEAA From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1025 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2730 times:
I'll agree, on the way back you'll get a really nice view of IT5 with all the international a/c however on your way out... there's not much to do, I know theirs a dunkin doughnuts in between h and K in terminal 3 (AA) and there's a Mexican place that has pretty good breakfast burritos..