robertmalpass
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ORD In February

Wed Dec 05, 2007 5:57 pm

Hi

I'm going to Chicago for my 30th birthday in February 08... can anyone elaborate on the likelihood of delays/problems at ORD due to snow or other freezing weather conditions? I assume that Chicago will be v. cold and possibly snowy at that time of year.

Many thanks
 
sw733
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RE: ORD In February

Wed Dec 05, 2007 5:59 pm

It's cold sure, but they are used to it...not like getting ice on Miami or anything. It may cause a small delay, since likely planes will have to be pushed back, de-iced, and then start, but unless your timing is bad enough to meet Chicago during a bad storm, it shouldn't be too bad.

Have fun. My whole family is from Chicago and I have spent LOTS of time there...amazing city. One of the best in the world, and in my eyes, the best in the USA by far.
 
Cubsrule
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RE: ORD In February

Wed Dec 05, 2007 6:06 pm

You know, I'm from Chicago and am through ORD (and MDW and MKE) a lot, and I actually cannot remember the last time I was deiced there... sure, you get some snowy days in the winter, but there are plenty of perfectly clear (but usually quite cold) days too. The weather you really have to worry about, and it happens a couple of times a winter, is the 55-60 degree and fog sort of day... those might be worse than snow.
I can't decide whether I miss the tulip or the bowling shoe more
 
sw733
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RE: ORD In February

Wed Dec 05, 2007 6:10 pm



Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 2):
You know, I'm from Chicago and am through ORD (and MDW and MKE) a lot, and I actually cannot remember the last time I was deiced there... sure, you get some snowy days in the winter, but there are plenty of perfectly clear (but usually quite cold) days too. The weather you really have to worry about, and it happens a couple of times a winter, is the 55-60 degree and fog sort of day... those might be worse than snow.

Oh man, this past February I flew LAX-ORD-MCI and arriving into ORD on a VERY VERY cold morning off the LAX redeye...definitely de-iced. Brrr...but as a cold weather lover, I was right at home.
 
Cubsrule
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RE: ORD In February

Wed Dec 05, 2007 6:13 pm

Another thing to keep in mind is that if you are arriving on a transatlantic flight (and in particular if you are flying BA), you are much less likely to have problems in the event of bad weather. Long flights are already in the air before ground stops begin, and your fellow passengers and crew aren't connecting from other cities (at least not as much).
I can't decide whether I miss the tulip or the bowling shoe more
 
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RE: ORD In February

Wed Dec 05, 2007 6:50 pm



Quoting SW733 (Reply 1):
ure, you get some snowy days in the winter, but there are plenty of perfectly clear (but usually quite cold) days too.

February, especially late February, in Chicago could have almost any weather. I have seen thunderstorms in January, blizzards, -10 degrees F, or sunny and 50 degrees. When packing, prepare for the best and the worst.

Make sure you visit the Boeing store in the Boeing Headquarters! Also, the better view from the top is from the John Hancock, not the Sears Tower; the difference in height is negligable at that height. The best view of the whole skyline is from the Adler Planetarium looking back across the icy lake which on really cold days an eerie steam will rise off the unfrozen sections. Avoid Navy Pier, waste of time. Be sure to ride the "el" north to Chicago's neighborhoods like Bucktown, Wicker Park, Armitage Area, Southport Corridor, Andersonville, Wrigleyville, Old Town. The best museum is the Museum of Science and Industry which has the coolest UA 727 on display (make sure you see the demonstration of the landing gears). Prepare to gain weight, great restaurants of all types everywhere. And once you fall in love with the City, come back in the summer when we have street festivals in every neighborhood, outdoor cafes everywhere and the girls in their bikinis on the lakefront beaches will make you think you are in Miami Beach.

Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 4):
Another thing to keep in mind is that if you are arriving on a transatlantic flight (and in particular if you are flying BA), you are much less likely to have problems in the event of bad weather. Long flights are already in the air before ground stops begin, and your fellow passengers and crew aren't connecting from other cities (at least not as much).

I agree!
 
jacobin777
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RE: ORD In February

Wed Dec 05, 2007 7:08 pm



Quoting Robertmalpass (Thread starter):
I'm going to Chicago for my 30th birthday in February 08... can anyone elaborate on the likelihood of delays/problems at ORD due to snow or other freezing weather conditions? I assume that Chicago will be v. cold and possibly snowy at that time of year.

I lived in Chi'town for 30 years and I travel to Chicago every few weeks, in fact I'm here right now.. spin   blockhead 

There have been numerous cancellations the past few days...as well as tons of delays...give yourself a good amount of connecting time.

As of this current moment, all one has to do is be outside for about 5 minutes and one will turn into a snowman..
 cold   fluffy 

Quoting SW733 (Reply 1):
but unless your timing is bad enough to meet Chicago during a bad storm, it shouldn't be too bad.

....I've been bloody stuck here even if it wasn't a bad storm.... Sad

Quoting SW733 (Reply 1):
One of the best in the world

..you sure about that... scratchchin 

1)NorCal-where I live now.. bigthumbsup 
2)NYC
3)Miami
4)Chi'town
5)San Diego (but need more "heavies to fly in)
6)Lots of other places...

Quoting United787 (Reply 5):
Also, the better view from the top is from the John Hancock

I lived there for a number of years... biggrin 
"Up the Irons!"
 
sw733
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RE: ORD In February

Thu Dec 06, 2007 12:01 am



Quoting Jacobin777 (Reply 6):
..you sure about that...

Yes, I am sure. Chicago beats NYC hands down, any day, any category  Smile
 
flyaas80
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RE: ORD In February

Thu Dec 06, 2007 5:57 am

If you don't like the weather in Chicago... Wait 5 minutes.  cold   hot 
The only way to fly is by the seat of your pants...
 
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RE: ORD In February

Thu Dec 06, 2007 6:01 am



Quoting SW733 (Reply 7):
Quoting Jacobin777 (Reply 6):
..you sure about that...

Yes, I am sure. Chicago beats NYC hands down, any day, any category  Smile

...you're a "hard-core" Chi'town person then... Smile
"Up the Irons!"
 
georgebush
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RE: ORD In February

Thu Dec 06, 2007 6:02 am

If your flying on on a regional jet, book the earlier flight in and out. All it takes is someone to sneeze in ORD and all hell breaks loose (more so for smaller flights).
Al Gore invented global warming.
 
Cubsrule
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RE: ORD In February

Thu Dec 06, 2007 5:58 pm



Quoting Robertmalpass (Reply 12):
We'll be arriving from LHR on VS (probably an A343).

What I said is quite true then... no groundstop to worry about, and no connecting pax. So while there's an outstanding chance you'll get to sit in a nice line for takeoff when you leave (w/x or no w/x), you'll likely avoid a lot of the problems that plague AA, UA, and even BA to an extent.
I can't decide whether I miss the tulip or the bowling shoe more
 
OrdfrBdl
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RE: ORD In February

Fri Dec 07, 2007 4:45 am



Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 13):
while there's an outstanding chance you'll get to sit in a nice line for takeoff when you leave (w/x or no w/x)

Most international Terminal 5 departures end up taking off on runway 32R from my own observations, which is a really short taxi from the terminal. So, maybe not a nice line for take off but rather a wait for clearance to do so.

Quoting United787 (Reply 5):
the better view from the top is from the John Hancock, not the Sears Tower; the difference in height is negligable at that height.

One floor above the John Hancock Observatory, the Signature Room allows you to eat at the 95th floor while overlooking the whole city. It's not the elevator ride you pay for but the food. They had an advertising campaign at one point that said that "at that altitude, you're used to eating peanuts"...
And don't forget the deep dish pizza while you're in Chicago...

Safe travels in advance!
From CDG to BDL, now posting from between ORD and DPA...
 
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RE: ORD In February

Fri Dec 07, 2007 5:06 am



Quoting SW733 (Reply 7):
Yes, I am sure. Chicago beats NYC hands down, any day, any category

Could not say it any better................
GO CUBS GO!!!!!
 
swiftski
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RE: ORD In February

Fri Dec 07, 2007 10:11 am



Quoting Robertmalpass (Thread starter):
I'm going to Chicago for my 30th birthday in February 08... can anyone elaborate on the likelihood of delays/problems at ORD due to snow or other freezing weather conditions? I assume that Chicago will be v. cold and possibly snowy at that time of year.

I flew LGA-ORD on 21 March on UA and was to fly ORD-EWR on an AA MD80 in the evening. We got a groundstop for a few hours, I had to sleep on the floor as all airport hotels were booked out by those who had earlier flights than mine (I didn't get to the airport till 7pm).

Neither UA or AA wanted to help me; AA eventually offered me a rerouting the next day, Chicago-Cleveland-Cincinnati-DFW-LGA; total of 26 hours.

I was scheduled to fly JFK-BOS the next morning so in the end had to buy a new ticket ORD-BOS at $200.

Lesson? When flying in and out of ORD if there might be snow, make sure you have a ticket that someone can help you with, not two one-way's like I did!!
 
Cubsrule
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RE: ORD In February

Fri Dec 07, 2007 4:52 pm



Quoting Ordfrbdl (Reply 14):

Most international Terminal 5 departures end up taking off on runway 32R from my own observations, which is a really short taxi from the terminal. So, maybe not a nice line for take off but rather a wait for clearance to do so.

I've noticed an increase in heavy departures using 28 lately... not sure why.
I can't decide whether I miss the tulip or the bowling shoe more
 
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RE: ORD In February

Sun Dec 09, 2007 8:02 am



Quoting Mycrj17 (Reply 15):
Quoting SW733 (Reply 7):
Yes, I am sure. Chicago beats NYC hands down, any day, any category

Could not say it any better................

Neither could I.

An amazing city. Home sweet home. New York has size, we've got soul...
Go Cubs!
 
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RE: ORD In February

Sun Dec 09, 2007 9:55 am



Quoting Robertmalpass (Reply 12):

We'll be arriving from LHR on VS (probably an A343).

This is the service I most recently took to ORD, very good flight

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