nssd70
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O'Hare Spotting

Thu May 27, 2010 1:40 am

I know there are some older posts about spotting at O'Hare,but I wanted to know if on Mannheim Road by the Chicago Aeronautical building is still the best spot to watch from,and if there are any other good spots. I'm thinking about going there this weekend with my 8 year old son.

thanks,

Doug
 
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RE: O'Hare Spotting

Thu May 27, 2010 7:10 am

That spot is the most "popular" spot yes. There are a lot of other spots I use however that one is generally the easiest and most hassle free.
 
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RE: O'Hare Spotting

Thu May 27, 2010 12:07 pm

If you are planning to be with the kid that is the good idea. obviously if the wind allow to see aircrafts on this side. If the pattern will be different go to other side (at York rd) directly under aproaching lights of rwy 10 , sit on a curb just below 3rd light and feel the power...
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RE: O'Hare Spotting

Thu May 27, 2010 4:45 pm

I'd have to agree that Mannheim Road is probably the best place to go if you're bringing a kid with you. I don't know where the Chicago Aeronautical building is, but I am familiar with a bridge over a train station where you get a good view of the parallel approaches on the 10 and then 9s, or approaches to 32R or 22L.

There's also a road next to 9L/27R that is easy to get to, however that runway tends to be slightly less busy.

Now, if you want to get a bit more daring, there are some spots back by the cargo ramp, near 4R/22L, or in the Taxi / Limousine staging area that you can get some pretty good views. I've never been approached at any of these areas, but you should be cautious if you decide to go there.
 
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RE: O'Hare Spotting

Thu May 27, 2010 11:21 pm

Thanks for the help everyone.

Doug
 
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RE: O'Hare Spotting

Fri May 28, 2010 1:46 am

Is the train station a Metra station? Maybe I can get some railfanning in as well.

Doug
 
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RE: O'Hare Spotting

Fri May 28, 2010 7:39 am

I believe it may be. It's basically a staircase down to a platform....

Yes, an quick look says that it's the Rosemont Metra Station.

http://www.wikimapia.org/#lat=41.976...7.8738451&z=16&l=0&m=b&search=KORD
 
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RE: O'Hare Spotting

Tue Jun 01, 2010 2:42 am

Can anyone elaborate on what the Chicago Aeronautical Bldg is? Are you talking about area near Mannheim & Lawrence?

Quoting MidEx216 (Reply 3):
I am familiar with a bridge over a train station
where you get a good view of the parallel approaches on the 10 and then 9s, or approaches to 32R or 22L.

Wouldn't the Rosemont station give you views or 28 & 27L arrivals?
 
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RE: O'Hare Spotting

Tue Jun 01, 2010 2:53 am

I saw the reference to the Chicago Aeronautical building from a website I was looking at. I just can't remember what site I saw it on. I'm hoping to make out to Chicago in the next month or two.

Doug
 
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RE: O'Hare Spotting

Tue Jun 01, 2010 5:10 am

Quoting b764 (Reply 7):
Can anyone elaborate on what the Chicago Aeronautical Bldg is? Are you talking about area near Mannheim & Lawrence?

Yes

Quoting b764 (Reply 7):
Wouldn't the Rosemont station give you views or 28 & 27L arrivals?

Yes but only if you have a longer lens (at least 300mm). From the bridge you can get both runways but I needed about 200mm to get a good shot of a A340-600 landing on 27L and that's a long plane so the smaller stuff you'd need even bigger lens. I would recommend Chicago Aeronautical Building for runway 28 arrivals. I usually don't bother with runway 27L(the middle parallel) because more heavy stuff lands on 28.
 
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RE: O'Hare Spotting

Tue Jun 01, 2010 12:58 pm

Where do you park at the Chicago Aeronautical Bldg? There isn't a problem with authorities there?
 
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RE: O'Hare Spotting

Wed Jun 02, 2010 9:26 pm

You can park on the street-plenty of spots. Be a good neighbor and dont park in their lot during the work day as it is private property.
 
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RE: O'Hare Spotting

Thu Jun 03, 2010 3:10 am

Quoting planeshooter (Reply 11):
You can park on the street-plenty of spots. Be a good neighbor and dont park in their lot during the work day as it is private property.

Correct. Years ago i was talking with Schiller Park (that place belongs to this village) police officer and he said me to do not park on their lot during business hours during weekdays. After hours and during weekends we can park there because they do not need parking spot for any potential customer.
BTW it happends to me sometimes... But usually I'm there after hours.
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RE: O'Hare Spotting

Thu Jun 03, 2010 6:08 am

I found this which may be of help.

http://aircraftspotting.webs.com/chicagoohare.htm
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RE: O'Hare Spotting

Thu Jun 03, 2010 6:29 am

Quoting BO__einG (Reply 13):
I found this which may be of help.

http://aircraftspotting.webs.com/chicagoohare.htm

Some of those are outdated and either don't exist anymore or can't be used as freely as they are decribed
 
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RE: O'Hare Spotting

Sat Jun 05, 2010 12:57 pm

Quoting gabik001 (Reply 12):
Years ago i was talking with Schiller Park (that place belongs to this village) police officer and he said me to do not park on their lot during business hours during weekdays.

I'm stunned. I know that this is property in Schiller Park, but I see Chicago cops driving Mannheim all the time. I can't believe they don't stop. Well I guess I'll give that spot a try.
 
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RE: O'Hare Spotting

Sat Jun 05, 2010 4:20 pm

On a related topic, I have an overnight at ORD in July (en route to OSH) but the Hilton is a bit out of my budget  Wow! . Any other hotels with decent views (and decent rates too !) ?

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RE: O'Hare Spotting

Sun Jun 06, 2010 11:47 pm

Quoting b764 (Reply 15):
I'm stunned. I know that this is property in Schiller Park, but I see Chicago cops driving Mannheim all the time. I can't believe they don't stop. Well I guess I'll give that spot a try.

Mannheim and Scott Ave belongs to Chicago , USG parking lot (and others ) belongs to Schiller Pk.
BTW I was yesterday and today and nobody bothering us when we were there...
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RE: O'Hare Spotting

Mon Jun 07, 2010 1:06 am

Quoting gabik001 (Reply 17):
BTW I was yesterday and today and nobody bothering us when we were there...

I was there too. I was parked on the street. Even though the USG lot wasn't busy, I figured I'd try and stay of private property as much as possible. Love this place. Definetly A+ in my book. Can't wait for the weather to cooperate so I can visit again. Just wish AF wouldn't have gone 27L.
 
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RE: O'Hare Spotting

Mon Jun 07, 2010 8:39 pm

Wind changed again and pattern is different. Go to other side (York rd) and pick some parking lot south off glidepath rwy 10. You can get all heavies there. Afternoon good spot place at AW. You can seat there on bench under the umbrella.
Good luck with AF!
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RE: O'Hare Spotting

Wed Jun 09, 2010 5:54 am

Quoting b764 (Reply 7):
Wouldn't the Rosemont station give you views or 28 & 27L arrivals?

Sorry about that, that's absolutely correct. I always get those two mixed up.

And just to clarify, the Rosemont station isn't a great PHOTOGRAPHY spot, but it's excellent for just watching. And if you hoof your way down to the exit from Mannheim road, you can get some pretty nice shots of arrivals on 28 [showing here]

 
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RE: O'Hare Spotting

Wed Jun 09, 2010 11:14 pm

Rosemont station is good place , but I like to play with light and have sun behind so I prefer Scott ave and place near US Customs building (Bryn Mawr between Tri-state tollway and railway) but that last is not best place.
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RE: O'Hare Spotting

Wed Jun 16, 2010 10:32 pm

One place I like to go is south on Manheim, then turn west on Seymour Ave. go down til it dead ends. Great for landings on 4R or takeoffs on 22L. I have bee in 2 years, I am assuming it is still OK.
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RE: O'Hare Spotting

Thu Jun 17, 2010 1:05 am

I can confirm that. Last time i was there about week ago . Now this street is connected to Irving Park Rd and there are traffic lights. When I was there last time there was a sleeping police officer in the car but when he woke up he even didn't ask me what am I doing there (I was sitting in my car parked at the curb). Good place until 2 pm (then sun turning to other side of the runway). This is also good spot for rwy 14R departures (very rare) and 32L arrivals (I remember only two times when aicrafts landed there in my 8 years adventure at ORD),
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RE: O'Hare Spotting

Thu Jun 17, 2010 6:53 am

Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 22):
One place I like to go is south on Manheim, then turn west on Seymour Ave. go down til it dead ends. Great for landings on 4R or takeoffs on 22L. I have bee in 2 years, I am assuming it is still OK.

Yes I have used this spot as well. Some examples of results during morning and sunset:


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I also use a "modified" version of this spot. I park the car in the dead end (or one of the big parking lots by the warehouses) and then walk to Irving Park avenue and take photos from the roadside. The road is quite higher than the dead end and lets you take more photos before the fence gets in the way. Police have passed me while doing this and never stopped.
 
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RE: O'Hare Spotting

Thu Jun 24, 2010 9:32 pm

Another place I know, from the southern perimeter, turn into th cargo complex, make an immediate right turn and follow this road until it ends in circle. There's a bus stop there. Good for landings on 4R in the afternoon, takeoffs on 22L they are a little high. I seemed to be looking over my shoulder at this location. Are the cop tough here? You would be dealing with ORD policw here, right?

Northeast of the intersection of 14L32R and 27L-9R (old 27R-9L) there is an airport parking lot. Although no traffic on the day I was there, it looks like takeoff shots of 14L can be had. I'm not 100% sure on that, they may be too high.

Seems like I remember along York Rd at that gas station area a spot for 14R landings.

I tried some photography for 10 landings in a warehouse area, I felt the aircraft were too high.




ORD is one of my favorites to spot/photograph.
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RE: O'Hare Spotting

Fri Jun 25, 2010 12:45 am

At 10 stay close to York Rd , or try to climb on hill just close to rwy 10 approaching lights. Me , Piotr or Ivan we were there couple times with good results. There is no fence , you have to pass R/R and climb on the hill. Leave your car at AW store parking lot.
I was try to get the location at the south cargo but it ends in FBI black crown victoria.... But I have couple shots from that location. It was years ago , maybe now there is less restrictions  
Thothons gas station is better for rwy 32L departures ; arrivals are ok , but you have less time to get a shot (aircrafts appearing from behind building that is located northwest of Devon/York intersection). I prefer location at industrial warehouse just below 14R glidepath.
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