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User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2130 posts, RR: 10
Posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 10515 times:

It had been nearly ten years since I last transited through Chicago (back then it was MIA-ORD-MXP and return). Yesterday Chicago was one of the many stops on my SIN-NRT-ORD-MIA run. And I must say I was very impressed. We arrived at Terminal 5 (on UA 882), and as soon as we got off the plane the airport had a modern, fairly new feel to it. For some reason there were two customs officers at the end of the jetway checking passports, but were very friendly. The immigration desk area had good signage, it was clean, spacious, had lots of light and looked quite modern (unlike the immigration desks at LAX that look more like you're arriving in the GDR). The passport official was quite nice (I usually get questioned a lot as I have stamps from many [some obscure] countries). The officer at ORD asked me how the weather was in Aussie and how the girls were in S'pore. How nice!

The baggage reclaim area was also spacious, clean, modern, and (again as opposed to LAX) had very good signage. Although priority tags didn't seem to mean anything to bag handlers (or was that at NRT?), I did get my bag fairly quick. There was a bit of confusion at the baggage transfer desk, and that area was not as nice as the rest. From there I had to transfer to Terminal 1 to catch the last leg to MIA. Although this terminal (and it's concourse C) were not as nice as T 5, the main concourse area was spacious, clean, and had a fairly modern look (not as much as Asian or German airports though).

In addition, I had pretty good flights on UA. For someone who usually can be found in Raffles Class on SQ, I must say UA did not dissapoint. Well, except for the fact that SQ's F/As are much younger and prettier, but at least the service was good and IFE was ok (for a US carrier at least).

Ok, end of rave.

Cheers
Coal


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User currently offlineDeltaDC9 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 2844 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 10489 times:

Someone once told me that the UA terminal is as big as the Sears Tower laid on its side.


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User currently offlineYULYMX From Canada, joined May 2006, 977 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 10434 times:

Quoting DeltaDC9 (Reply 1):
Someone once told me that the UA terminal is as big as the Sears Tower laid on its side.

Huge but not terminal5 which is international flight


User currently offlineDeltaDC9 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 2844 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 10235 times:

Quoting YULYMX (Reply 2):
Huge but not terminal5 which is international flight

Duh!, Did they build a new international terminal or remodel? I remember years ago that it was kinda run down and very dated.



Dont take life too seriously because you will never get out of it alive - Bugs Bunny
User currently offlineYULYMX From Canada, joined May 2006, 977 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 10218 times:

Terminal 5 is pretty new for international flight 9 or 10 yrs few american carrier there Asia from UA and AA

User currently offlineHighFlight1996 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 20 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 10098 times:

Glad to hear that you enjoyed our airport! Next time come through to the city - it is a great place!!!

Yes, Terminal 5 is not bad. I can agree that the signage for the bag transfer and the transfer from T5 to any of the other terminals can be confusing - glad you made it through ok.

T1 (UA) with Concourses B&C at ORD are not too bad, especially considering the traffic they get through that place. I will say that you don't want to be there when it is raining - many leaks coming through the glass enclosure. The father of a friend of mine is an ironworker who worked on the place and they basically knew the place was going to be leaky when the built it in the 80's. Overall, they continue to make improvements to T1 that are helpful - adding security gates, adding escalators to get down to baggage claim, making the walkway to T2 and beyond easier, as well as increasing space - particularly with the new electrical ports they have added - that is a plus!

However, like most US airports and most US legacy carriers, they still can not get the boarding areas right. Thankfully the concourse is wide enough (except at gates B6-B9 near security) where if a plane is boarding, it is a bear to get through. UA still needs a few more improvements (beyond the recent changes) to their boarding practices and the layout of the boarding areas.


User currently offlineUnited787 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 2780 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 9772 times:

ORD's United Terminal 1 is one of the best terminals in the US especially if you consider that it is almost 20 years old! It has truly passed the test of time, I can't think of any other modern US terminal that has aged so well. I get excited to fly everytime I enter Terminal 1 for a United departure. I feel like I am coming home everytime I arrive back. the architect Helmut Jahn was successful in creating the atmosphere reminiscent of the old grand train stations.

The International Terminal 5 is also a beautiful piece of architecture that has aged well, about 14 years old already!

I think the main parts of Terminals 1 & 2 are finally getting the upgrade they need. All of the concourses for those terminals need to be torn down and rebuilt, even the AA concourses which had a cheap upgrade years ago.

What is amazing is the that general terminal configuration from the 1950s still works today although some of the facilities are outdated and the runway configuration is being redone.


User currently offlineRDUDDJI From Lesotho, joined Jun 2004, 1548 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 9632 times:

So I saw the title of this thread and just figured it had to be sarcastic... But, seriously, I'm glad you enjoyed ORD. It is like a city within a city. It will be much better starting late next year when they get the third parallel RWY operational.

Quoting HighFlight1996 (Reply 5):
will say that you don't want to be there when it is raining - many leaks coming through the glass enclosure.

Not to mention the delays!!!



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User currently offlineJaws707 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 708 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 9608 times:

Quoting RDUDDJI (Reply 7):
Not to mention the delays!!!

Tell me about it. This spring one of my flights was delayed, then cancelled, then I was rebooked onto another flight, so I had the opportunity to walk around O'Hare for 7hrs. As much as I love airplanes that was not a fun morning.


User currently offlinePaneuropean From Netherlands, joined Sep 2006, 882 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 9465 times:

Quoting United787 (Reply 6):
ORD's United Terminal 1 is one of the best terminals in the US especially if you consider that it is almost 20 years old! It has truly passed the test of time, I can't think of any other modern US terminal that has aged so well. I get excited to fly everytime I enter Terminal 1 for a United departure. I feel like I am coming home everytime I arrive back. the architect Helmut Jahn was successful in creating the atmosphere reminiscent of the old grand train stations.

Amen....I couldn't have said it better. The floor with the black & white tiles, the light, the structure of the building is just beautiful. The outside of the Terminal is not so nice, though. The tunnel which connects the concourses is just awesome and very impressive as well. I just missed the sounds of tinkling bottles, last time I flew through IAD. Which gave a relaxing atmosphere......

Quoting United787 (Reply 6):
What is amazing is the that general terminal configuration from the 1950s still works today although some of the facilities are outdated and the runway configuration is being redone.

Yep, Schiphol, Amsterdam has the same concept, and you know what they say about AMS. The finger shaped piers are very easy to navigate.

Quoting United787 (Reply 6):
The International Terminal 5 is also a beautiful piece of architecture that has aged well, about 14 years old already!

Unfortunately, I never departed from T5. I just arrived there and wasn't very impressed. I assume the departure hall and lounge are more excited ?!.


User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2130 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 9239 times:

Quoting HighFlight1996 (Reply 5):
it is a great place!!!

Well I am considering UofC for my MBA, so maybe, maybe. Even so, I've heard great things of Chicago.

Quoting HighFlight1996 (Reply 5):
particularly with the new electrical ports they have added

What are these electrical ports you speak of?

Quoting United787 (Reply 6):
it is almost 20 years old!

No way! Really? It feels much newer than that. Or is this not T5?

Cheers
Coal



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User currently offlineCygnusChicago From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 758 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 9225 times:

Quoting Paneuropean (Reply 9):
assume the departure hall and lounge are more excited ?!.

No, the departure hall airside is really disappointing - not even food currently. In fact, this often gets TSAs panties in a knot. Pax clear security, then look for food airside, realize there is none, and go back outside to purchase food. When they try and come back, TSA gets upset that they have to check a large volume of pax twice.

As someone that doesn't need food every five minutes, that doesn't bother me. I also like the long walk from the gates to immigration - it's good exercise, and it's easy to pass the slow strolling fellow pax and arrive at immigration first  Smile

I like Terminal 5. It's not perfect, but it is a fine job.

Terminal 3 is also pretty good, and getting upgraded. My real dislike is Terminal 2 - hopefully the renovation helps a lot.



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User currently offlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 31433 posts, RR: 85
Reply 12, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 9225 times:
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My only beef with Terminal One is there are a total of four active AC power ports in each Concourse. I joined the RCC just so I could use my laptop during layovers.

As an aside, every time I walk down Terminal One, I start humming "Rhapsody in Blue".  Smile


User currently offlineEbs757 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 758 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 9225 times:

Glad you had a good experience here in the windy city! Ive never had a problem with good old Chicago O' Hare.


Viva la Vida
User currently offlineJammin From India, joined Nov 2006, 133 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 9166 times:

Quoting CygnusChicago (Reply 11):
I also like the long walk from the gates to immigration - it's good exercise, and it's easy to pass the slow strolling fellow pax and arrive at immigration first Smile

Yup, same here. The long walk allows you to get in front for the immigration lines.  Big grin

People usually whine about transiting through ORD and its infamous delays, but I'm glad it's my home airport and have always had a good experience... Flying out this Friday  airplane 



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User currently offlineUnited787 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 2780 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 9083 times:

Quoting Coal (Reply 10):
No way! Really? It feels much newer than that. Or is this not T5?

I have a book on architecture in Chicago "AIA Guide to Chicago" which is my source for the following facts:

Terminal 1 (UA) - 1982-1988 - Murphy/Jahn - I would guess that the architects started the design in 1982 which makes Terminal 1 even more amazing in that the design is 25 years old!

Terminals 2 & 3 - 1961 - C.F. Murphy Associates - Only the concourses of Terminal 2 remain in their original condition.

Terminal 3 - Concourses H & K (AA) - 1990 Renovation - Kober/Belluschi and Welton Becket Associates - In my opinion, the renovation is a weak knock-off of Terminal 1.

Terminal 3 - Concourse L (DL) - 1982 - Perkins & Will

Terminals 2 & 3 - 2007 Renovation - Murphy/Jahn - This renovation includes the renovation and expansion of the main terminal buildings and a new roadway canopy for Terminals 1, 2 & 3.

Terminal 5 (International) - 1993 - Perkins & Will

Control Tower - 1970 - I.M. Pei

What is interesting is that most of the architectural work has been completed by 2 architectural firms. C.F. Murphy is the predecessor firm to Murphy/Jahn; C.F. Murphy also did the Rotunda Building, O'Hare Hilton, Heating Plant and Parking Garage!


User currently offlineJpetekYXMD80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 4391 posts, RR: 26
Reply 16, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 9047 times:

Quoting United787 (Reply 6):
I get excited to fly everytime I enter Terminal 1 for a United departure. I feel like I am coming home everytime I arrive back. the architect Helmut Jahn was successful in creating the atmosphere reminiscent of the old grand train stations.

Absolutely! I echo that sentiment.



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User currently offlinePIA777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1738 posts, RR: 6
Reply 17, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 8999 times:

Quoting Coal (Thread starter):
For some reason there were two customs officers at the end of the jetway checking passports

They always do that.

PIA777



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User currently offlineJetdeltamsy From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2987 posts, RR: 7
Reply 18, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 8987 times:

Quoting DeltaDC9 (Reply 1):
Someone once told me that the UA terminal is as big as the Sears Tower laid on its side.

I don't think it's that long..but it is quite a haul when your gate is at one end of the other. Northwest's new Detroit facilitiy is long too, but there's that dandy rail system to take you close to your gate. At United, you have to hoof it.

Quoting DeltaDC9 (Reply 3):
Did they build a new international terminal or remodel?

Yes. T5 was build new several years ago. It is definitely the nicest terminal at ORD.

Quoting YULYMX (Reply 4):
few american carrier there

ALL airlines arrive at T5 from international destinations. Spirit Airlines and USA3000 operate domestic flights out of it as well. But all international arrivals come into T5, whether they are USA airlines or foreign. Some international departures occur from T1 and T3...Lufthansa (and LH's A319 all biz class wet-lease service..can't remembe the name of the carrier) and ANA from T1; Iberia from T3.

Quoting HighFlight1996 (Reply 5):
like most US airports and most US legacy carriers, they still can not get the boarding areas right.

That's for sure. Concource C is so narrow that it is like a crowded street in Tokyo during peak periods. i think AA has more space for people in T3, G H K & L. Eagle's G Concource is definitely better than UAX's T2 facilities.



Tired of airline bankruptcies....EA/PA/TW and finally DL.
User currently offlineMidEx216 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 651 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 7843 times:

Quoting Coal (Thread starter):
priority tags didn't seem to mean anything to bag handlers

Priority tags don't get the bags to the carousel faster (usually). Rather, they give them more importance to get on the plane should there be, for whatever reason, a low amount of space and something must get bumped. Then a priority bag would (of course) have more priority than a regular bag.



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User currently offlineHighFlight1996 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 20 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 7609 times:

Quoting Coal (Reply 10):
What are these electrical ports you speak of?

Ah yes, I was not very clear on what the heck I was talking about! Sorry about that. It has been almost a week since my last trip, so I am sorry if my memory is not serving me well right now, but there are some "sponsored" electrical outlets throughout T1 - both concourses. I believe there is a bank of outlets in the gate area around B5, B12, C7, and C19. I am probably way off base there, but I believe I might at least be close.

Overall, I am happy with T1. On a side note, it is always fun to sit in the RCC in C concourse when the pilots are sitting in their birds. A few of them have been nice enough to wave back when I offer my glass as a toast to them.


User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7545 posts, RR: 7
Reply 21, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 7562 times:

I too love ORD....but I try not to connect thru there May-Oct. What I don't like are the F-gates when you're crammed in there with too many people and nowhere to sit and not enough A/C! Don't get me started on the limited-english-speaking UAX employees butchering city names...
What I really love about ORD is when I was listening to the fabulous ch 9,and tower was giving takeoff clearance when the preceding departure was only 1/3 of the way down the r/w! I also like the 'techno tunnel' and the jazz music .



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User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2130 posts, RR: 10
Reply 22, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 7562 times:

Quoting PIA777 (Reply 17):
They always do that.

At ORD? Not at MIA, LAX, or JFK, in my experience.

Quoting MidEx216 (Reply 19):
Priority tags don't get the bags to the carousel faster (usually).

On SQ they do. I have never seen a bag without a priority tag come out before the ones that do.

Cheers
Coal



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User currently offlineRDUDDJI From Lesotho, joined Jun 2004, 1548 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 7028 times:

Quoting MidEx216 (Reply 19):
Priority tags don't get the bags to the carousel faster (usually). Rather, they give them more importance to get on the plane should there be, for whatever reason, a low amount of space and something must get bumped. Then a priority bag would (of course) have more priority than a regular bag.

They are supposed to get to the carousels first. This is something I happen to be working on. It should be noted that at UA's hubs priority (First In) baggage handling has improved some 50 percentage points (not to be confused with 50%) in the last few months.

Quoting United_Fan (Reply 21):
Don't get me started on the limited-english-speaking UAX employees butchering city names...

You must be talking about IAD. ORD UAX flights are worked by UA employees now.

Quoting Stitch (Reply 12):
My only beef with Terminal One is there are a total of four active AC power ports in each Concourse. I joined the RCC just so I could use my laptop during layovers.

Thankfully I noticed last week that they have brought in advertisers to provide "plug in" areas for laptops in T1. Anyway I think it was ORD...they all kind of blend together after while.

Quoting Paneuropean (Reply 9):
The tunnel which connects the concourses is just awesome and very impressive as well. I just missed the sounds of tinkling bottles

Affectionately known as the "Psychedelic Subway" at UA.



Sometimes we don't realize the good times when we're in them
User currently offlineTrijetsRMissed From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2400 posts, RR: 7
Reply 24, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 6031 times:

I like ORD for the two massive hubs AA and UA have there. In the 90's, ORD was great for airplane spotting, now it's obviously not the same. It's a great airport, but nothing beats AMS that I've been to, IMO.


There's nothing quite like a trijet.
25 RedTailDTW : When did this happen, I don't remember anything talking about it? So all United Express flights are operated by United??? Mason (RedTailDTW)
26 Continental : I love ORD due to the UA terminals. The terminal that's further out in the field (I do not know the name or #) looks great and I always enjoy being in
27 ManchesterMAN : I love T1 also and arriving at T5 is usually a breeze compared with some other US airports. I'm not a big fan of departing from T5 though as it is pre
28 AC888YOW : ORD is by far the best 'huge' airport I've been to. Actually, it's one of the best airports I've been to, period. I've been to every terminal except 5
29 UAL777UK : I love the light show on the roof of the tunnel in Terminal One. To me its very calming.
30 RDUDDJI : Not operated by (that could confuse the subject)...but UA employees do the CS and Ramp work for UAX at ORD now. I believe it was a result of the term
31 ADent : When was G concourse last worked over?
32 Post contains images Jsnww81 : Concourse G was rebuilt in 1999-2000. IMHO it's possibly one of the nicest regional jet facilities in the country now, especially when you compare it
33 Post contains images Jammin : For those that live in Chicago, don't you just love driving by the southern part of the airport along Irving Park Rd? I swing by there anytime I'm in
34 Tsaord : When I first started working at ORD back in the summer of 2004, the first terminal I fell in love with was T1. The place just has that feel of "make y
35 ManchesterMAN : It makes me feel like I've taken something I shouldn't have - a very psychedelic experience, especially with the weird sounds.
36 ER757 : I was living in Chicago when T1 opened and I remember my 1st visit there - it was amazing then and it's still amazing now. Helmut Jahn created a maste
37 Coal : I reminded me of the train you can take under the river in Shanghai when you go from the Bund to Pu Dong. Cheers Coal
38 Cch362 : Are you not considering Kellogg (Northwestern)?! We had our own beach and Evanston is awesome even in the winter. Good luck! Delays notwithstanding,
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