Your Guide to Chicago O'Hare International Airport

Airport Guide

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Located 17 miles northwest of Chicago, O'Hare International Airportis one of the busiest airports in the United States. The airport was built in 1942-43, for the Douglas C-54 manufacturing plant during WWII. In 1949, it was renamed after U.S. Navy WWII flying ace Edward O'Hare.

Flight Status 

The airport has a flight status guide with updates on the departures and arrivals eight airlines at any given time. Travelers can also type in their flight information to check on the status, all powered by data from FlightStats.

Getting to Chicago O'Hare International Airport

The city has great options to get to and from the airport. I find the most convenient way is the Chicago Transit Authority's L trains, which speed through traffic and takes you to the center of the city.


Public Transportation


Parking at ORD: Travelers can choose from Valet, Hourly, Daily Economy and International parking. Prices range from $54 a day for Valet to $10 a day for Economy. The airport also offers reserved parking, which costs $10 a day on top of the regular $34 a day.

Cell Phone Lot

Maps of ORD: O'Hare is another massive airport, so the website has maps that cover everything from amenities to airline lounges.

Security Checkpoints:  The airport has 10 security checkpoints across its four terminals, with Checkpoint 10 in Terminal 5 open 24 hours a day. There's also a TSA PreCheck enrollment center at the airport. 

Airlines at ORD: The airport is home to 45 domestic and international carriers that serve more than 75 million passengers in 2015. They offer 527 daily flights service to more than 120 destinations. 

Airport Amenities: O'Hare has all the amenities you would expect from one of the busiest in the world, including airline lounges, a business center, meeting spaces, Wi-Fi, power stations and public art.

Food/Beverage and Shopping:  The airport features a selection of national and local food/beverage brands and retail outlets.

Wi-Fi/ Power Outlets

Unusual Services 

The airport is home to the Hilton O'Hare, located directly across from Terminals 1, 2 and 3. It is accessible via underground walkways. It offers on-site catering, event planning, a business center and a full-service business center with fax, copying, and packaging and shipping services.  There are also nearly 50 hotels in the Chicago O'Hare International Airport vicinity ranging from economy to luxury. ​​

  1. Loews Chicago O'Hare Hotel
  2. Hampton Inn & Suites Rosemont Chicago O’Hare
  3. Holiday Inn & Suites Chicago O'Hare Rosemont
  4. Hyatt Place Chicago/O'Hare Airport
  5. Doubletree Hotel Chicago O'Hare Airport - Rosemont
  6. Hampton Inn Chicago-O'Hare International Airport
  7. Extended Stay America - Chicago O’Hare - Allstate Arena
  8. BEST WESTERN PLUS O'Hare International South Hotel
  9. Regal Inn Chicago-O'hare Airport Franklin Park