TWA1985
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Best Place To Watch Planes At O'Hare

Wed Jan 03, 2007 11:19 am

Hi All,

My seven year old cousin in coming to visit from Wisconsin and has never been on a plane. I thought it would be neat to take him to O'Hare to watch planes.

Can anyone tell me some good spots and the directions telling how to get there?

Thanks,

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RE: Best Place To Watch Planes At O'Hare

Wed Jan 03, 2007 11:26 am

Warning: When I was there I "accidently" took some road leading to a fence near one of the cargo carrier's buildings. I remember seeing cargo containers from KL being moved into one of the buildings. The view was the best I'd ever had while spotting at ANY airport. We were inches from moving aircraft. I'll never forget the VS 747 taxiing by us and then taking off. We only lasted about 2 minutes before security approached us and chased us away. Worth being caught by 3 police officers approaching us. As soon as we offered them ID they new we were harmless Canadians and they told us just to leave.

I remember going somewhere else to see planes but I cant remember it. I am sure someone here from ORD can help you find a nice place to spend an afternoon.
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RE: Best Place To Watch Planes At O'Hare

Wed Jan 03, 2007 11:48 am

Quoting TWA1985 (Thread starter):
My seven year old cousin in coming to visit from Wisconsin and has never been on a plane. I thought it would be neat to take him to O'Hare to watch planes.

Can anyone tell me some good spots and the directions telling how

ORD is notorious for being rude to spotters. I would recommend going up on the parking deck.
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RE: Best Place To Watch Planes At O'Hare

Wed Jan 03, 2007 2:40 pm

If they are landing on 22R, go to the intersection of Mannheim and Touhey, there is a mall on the corner with several restaurants and ample parking, They come overhead at about 1000 feet on the final...
 
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RE: Best Place To Watch Planes At O'Hare

Wed Jan 03, 2007 2:43 pm

Theres a spot near an office complex of Mannheim Road if they are landing on 27L. Just take the side road down to wear the fence is shut, or if you dont want any trouble, you can just park in the office building parking lot.
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RE: Best Place To Watch Planes At O'Hare

Wed Jan 03, 2007 2:54 pm

 
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RE: Best Place To Watch Planes At O'Hare

Wed Jan 03, 2007 3:10 pm

Quoting TWA1985 (Thread starter):
I thought it would be neat to take him to O'Hare to watch planes

Your cousin is so lucky, he might as well see a UFO  praise