n808nwatmsp
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Questions About ORD

Sun Jul 24, 2005 12:28 pm

Hello

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?

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Night_Flight
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RE: Questions About ORD

Sun Jul 24, 2005 1:12 pm

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.

www.bigairport.com
www.ohare.com

Have fun site-seeing!

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ORD Boy 2
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RE: Questions About ORD

Sun Jul 24, 2005 1:56 pm

ORD closes terminals from 12-5 am
also you can not access T5gates without ticket and passport for anything unless you are ona flight departing from terminal 5
 
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RE: Questions About ORD

Sun Jul 24, 2005 1:57 pm

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
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RE: Questions About ORD

Sun Jul 24, 2005 2:05 pm

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.
 
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RE: Questions About ORD

Sun Jul 24, 2005 2:22 pm

You can get some good departure/taxi shots of 9L/4L at the north end of the B or C concourses in T1.
 
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RE: Questions About ORD

Mon Jul 25, 2005 12:06 am

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.

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RE: Questions About ORD

Mon Jul 25, 2005 3:17 am

Quoting Night_Flight (Reply 1):

UAL keeps many of their B747/777's near the center of the B-Gates. Good photo ops here as well.

Actually, they park most of them on the outside center of the C concourse. You can't see them unless you're in that concourse. They also keep a few at the high B gates (B17 area).
 
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RE: Questions About ORD

Mon Jul 25, 2005 11:08 am

Thank you guys for the great information! Smile 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?
 
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RE: Questions About ORD

Mon Jul 25, 2005 12:55 pm

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.
 
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RE: Questions About ORD

Mon Jul 25, 2005 1:28 pm

Hey Friendly-

Thanks for the B/C gate correction.

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RE: Questions About ORD

Mon Jul 25, 2005 1:38 pm

The gate areas are closed overnight...you might get away with staying in the lobby or baggage claim, but I think you might want to try a hotel...
 
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RE: Questions About ORD

Mon Jul 25, 2005 6:01 pm

Quoting Ordpark (Reply 11):
The gate areas are closed overnight...you might get away with staying in the lobby or baggage claim, but I think you might want to try a hotel...

Ive never had a problem with going in and out of the lobby and baggage claim (essentially non-ticketed areas) at any point in the night whether thats 1am or 445am.
 
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RE: Questions About ORD

Tue Jul 26, 2005 4:02 am

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.
 
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RE: Questions About ORD

Tue Jul 26, 2005 10:16 am

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! Angry
 
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RE: Questions About ORD

Tue Jul 26, 2005 10:51 am

Quote:
. 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

Depending on your budget you might want to check out hotwire...a quick check for that weekend showed hotels in the O'hare area going all the way down to the $40 range.
 
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RE: Questions About ORD

Tue Jul 26, 2005 11:03 am

Or you could sit at my desk at my office.  Wink Right under the approach for 32L. I can just sit there and watch them all go by at about 400ft altitude.
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RE: Questions About ORD

Tue Jul 26, 2005 5:46 pm

Quoting ORDUSA (Reply 13):
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?

HAHAH Have you even attempted that at ORD? I can think of better ways to commit suicide!

Quoting N328KF (Reply 16):
Wink Right under the approach for 32L. I can just sit there and watch them all go by at about 400ft altitude.

Too bad 32L/R are used about 1% of the time Big grin And thats only 14R/L departures (Heavies but the frequency make even me yawn) Last time I saw anything land on the 32s was quite a WHILE ago at 530am.
 
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RE: Questions About ORD

Tue Jul 26, 2005 10:56 pm

Yeah, but when something goes by, I know it. For one thing, several hundred car alarms in the parking lot of my office go off at once.
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RE: Questions About ORD

Wed Jul 27, 2005 1:09 am

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.