I have spent quite a bit of time in Chicago over the last few months, and I can offer you some help. While I am not familiar with the spotting opportunities at the ORD
terminal, I can tell you that if you rent a car you can get a ton of great shots around ORD
and even MDW
Syncmaster and I have found some nice private property around the edges of ORD
, as well as a few construction sites. Ask for a foreman and they will usually be very open to you spotting from their areas as long as you stay out of the way. We've nailed some fantastic shots from the southern edge of the airport, right under the approaches:
Getting to Midway isn't very difficult. You can ride the "L" downtown, then get on the Orange Line and it will take you straight into MDW
. There are lots of spots around Midway, you can even walk the perimeter of the airport. The parking garage and surrounding business have some great spots as well.
As far as security goes - I have been approached and even searched while in Chicago, but I've never had any major problems. The cops around ORD
are getting a bit more tolerant it seems, and the cops at MDW
are pretty nice too. Just don't be too invasive (leaning a ladder on the fence, and climbing up to shoot OVER it might land you a free night in jail).
We go up there every couple of weeks on business, let us know which dates you're thinking about coming in and perhaps we can even arrange some sort of get together or tour. We do have some KILLER access at MDW
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