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O'Hare International Airport


Interior of O'Hare Airport
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O'Hare International Airport (ORD) - General Information:

O'Hare International Airport provides connections to more cities, more often than any other airport in the world. On the outskirts of the city and connected to Chicago city limits by a thin strip of land, over 190,000 people travel through O'Hare every day, and the airport was voted "Best Airport in North America" by Business Traveler International for seven years in a row.

Terminals at O'Hare International Airport:

  • O'Hare Terminal 1:
    Concourses B & C. United Airlines, United Express, Lufthansa, Nippon Airways, Continental
  • O'Hare Terminal 2:
    Concourses E & F. Air Canada, Delta, JetBlue, United, US Airways
  • O'Hare Terminal 3:
    Concourses G, H, K, and L. Air Choice One, Alaska, American Airlines, American Eagle, Iberia, Japan Airlines, Spirit Airlines
  • O'Hare Terminal 5:
    International Terminal, Concourse M. All international arrivals go through Terminal 5, as well as all flights for numerous international airlines

Public Transportation to O'Hare:

The CTA Blue Line train runs 24 hours a day between O'Hare and downtown Chicago. Trains generally arrive every 8 minutes from 5 am to 11 pm Monday through Friday, and every 10 minutes from 5 am to 11 pm on weekends. The current one-way fare to the airport is $2.25, and the ride takes 45 minutes; the current one-way fare from the airport to the city is $5.00.

The CTA station is located in the main parking garage, accessible by walkways in Terminals 1, 2, & 3. For additional information, read the Chicago public transportation overview.

Taxi Service at O'Hare:

Taxis are fairly plentiful, available on a first come, first serve basis and accessible from the lower level curbfront of every terminal outside baggage claim. Taxis all run on meters, and the average cost is approximately $35 - $40 for a ride to downtown Chicago -- expect to pay at least twice that if traveling during Chicago's rush hours. Wheelchair accessible vehicles are available through United Dispatch at 800-281-4466.

Driving Directions From Downtown Chicago to O'Hare:

I-90 (Kennedy) West to I-190 -- follow I-190 into O'Hare International Airport.

O'Hare Airport Parking:

Short Term Parking:

(rates as of January 2010, subject to change)

Parking Garage Level 1 is designed for "meeters and greeters", as it's a short walk to Terminals 1, 2 & 3, and is not recommended for stays over 3 hours. Hourly rates are: first hour $2, 3 hours or less $4, 4 hours or less $10, increasingly incrementally from there, peaking at $51 for 9-24 hours.

International Terminal Parking, Lot D is also intended only for short term parking for access to International Terminal 5. Cost is $51/day (First hour $2).

O'Hare Daily Parking:

  • Parking Garage Levels 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 and outside lots B & C
    Also a short walk to Terminals 1, 2 & 3, these levels/lots are designed for slightly long term (i.e., over the weekend) parking and cost $31/day (First hour $2).
  • Valet Parking:
    For the most convenient access to Terminals 1, 2 & 3, Valet Parking has two drop-off locations at Parking Garage Level 1. Cost is $46/day (First hour $10).
  • Long Term (Economy) Parking Lots E, F & G:
    These remote lots offer the most economical parking for long trips, and has a free ATS ("people mover") that takes travelers to the terminals. A free shuttle goes from Lot F & G to the ATS. Cost is $17/day for Lot E, $9/day for Lot F, and $13/day for Lot G (First hour for all lots is $2). [Note: Parking lot G is temporarily closed.] Allow at least an extra 30-60 minutes to get from these lots to the airport terminal.
  • The full parking rate schedule is available online.

Disabled Accessible Parking is available in all parking areas. For further information, call 773-894-8090.

Why is O'Hare's Airport Code "ORD"?

It does seem odd that it's ORD -- after all, there's not even a "D" in O'Hare -- until you find out that O'Hare's original name until 1949 was Orchard Field Airport, and the airport code stuck around after the name change.

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