Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Chicago O’Hare Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit. Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.
My flight got canceled and I had to spend the night at the airport. That’s how most O’Hare stories begin. – hozomeen
As of February 2023, there have been news reports of a growing homeless population at Chicago O’Hare Airport. If you need to sleep in the public/landside area of the airport, you may want to reconsider by staying at an area hotel.
ORD Airport Overview
To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Chicago O’Hare Airport.
What to Expect
Chicago O’Hare Airport (code: ORD) is made up of 4 terminals (Terminals 1, 2, 3 and 5) and 9 concourses (B,C, E, F, G, H, K, L and M). Terminals 1, 2 and 3 are in the same building, while Terminal 5 is across a taxiway. An automated train connects all four terminals together.
Overall the airport is loud, busy, crowded and in dire need of a makeover. Reviews are mixed on the cleanliness of the airport terminals, but there are many complaints of filthy restrooms. Bring hand sanitizer! Amenities are fairly limited for an airport this size, but you will find a number of affordable eateries, some of which are open 24-hours a day. O’Hare Airport also has a few unique amenities, including a yoga room and an urban garden. WiFi is available and mobile charging is available near the gates. Travellers looking for a little added comfort, can pay to access one of the first class lounges, some of which have showers. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for locations and access information.
Sleeping in Chicago O’Hare Airport
In general, while there’s very little sleep-friendly furniture, a few worthwhile sleep spots have been reported. Covid-19 has unfortunately changed some of the past sleep-worthy seats, so will need to roam to find some armrest-free seats. Explore our guide to sleeping in Chicago O’Hare Airport or read some airport reviews for more tips. If comfort and privacy are what you prefer (and you don’t mind paying), there is a hotel situated outside of Terminal 2 and many nearby hotels that offer a free airport shuttle. See Airport Hotels below for more info.
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In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security. For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.
Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships
Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!
- Air France VIP Lounge – Location: Terminal 5, Airside, Gate M7. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge pass • Lounge membership programs.
- American Airlines Admirals Club – Multiple Locations – (1) Concourse G, (1) Concourse H/K and (1) Concourse L.
- Swissport Lounge – Location: Terminal 5, airside, between Gates M7 and M8. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.
- United Club – Multiple Locations – (2) Concourse B, (1) Concourse C and (1) Concourse F. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of United Airlines ticket • United Club Membership.
Airline Lounges (members only)
- Delta Sky Club – Location: Terminal 2, Airside, Concourse E, Gate E6. Lounge Access: Elite Status • Lounge membership programs.
- SAS Lounge – Location: Terminal 5, near Gate M15.
- British Airways Lounge – Location: Terminal 5, Gate M7.
- USO Lounges – The USO offers two lounges that are free of charge to active members of the US military and their families. Locations: Terminal 2, Mezzanine Level above Northwest Ticket Counter, landside • Terminal 3, Rotunda, Mezzanine Level.
Related Pages: Chicago O’Hare Airport Lounges
Chicago O'Hare Airport Hotels
- Nearest Hotel: At the airport
- Sleep Cabins & Pods: No
- Day Rooms: No
- Nearby Hotels with Free Shuttles: Yes
When the prospect of sleeping on the floor or in a chair is giving you nightmares, there are other options for those of you who are looking to sleep at O’Hare Airport in comfort. If you are on a layover, you will have to pass through immigration/security as there is no transit hotel. An onsite hotel at Terminal 2 is your most convenient option, but you could probably find a better deal at one of the off-site hotels offering free airport shuttles.At Airport Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport Hotel – Located across from Terminal 2 and connected to all domestic terminals via underground walkway. Free shuttle to Terminal 5. » Check Rates Near Airport Aloft Chicago O’Hare – Free airport shuttle is available. Pick-up is at Door 3 in the Shuttle Bus Center, located between Terminals 1, 2, and 3. » Check Rates Near Airport DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago O’Hare Airport Rosemont – Free 24-hour airport shuttle drops off at Departures (Domestic Terminal) and picks up at Hotel Bus Shuttle Center Door 3. Shuttle does not automatically go to the International Terminal, so for airport pick-up, call the hotel and wait at Gate 5E. » Check Rates Near Airport Embassy Suites Chicago O’Hare Rosemont – Free 24-hour airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates Near Airport Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel & Conference Center – Free airport shuttle is available from 5:00AM – 9:30PM. The shuttle picks up at Door 2 of the Bus & Shuttle center (domestic terminal). Must call hotel directly for pick up from the international terminal (Door 5E). » Check Rates
For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near O’Hare Airport that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.
Airport WiFi / Internet and Mobile Charging
Free unlimited WiFi is available at Chicago O’Hare Airport. Connect to the “_Free_ORD _Wi-Fi” network and watch an ad for access to the internet. For uninterrupted, commercial-free access, a premium high-speed service is also available for a fee through the “Boingo Hotspot” network. One hour, 24 hour and 1 month plans are available.
Charge your laptops and other electronic devices for free while seated at “Power Stations” located throughout the airport. Locations:
- Terminal 1 – B5 • B11 • B12 • B14 • B19 • C7 • C15 • C21 • C28.
- Terminal 2 – E8 • F2 • F5.
- Terminal 3 – G13 • G17 • H12 • K9 • K12 • L10B.
- Terminal 5 – M13.
- Individual seats with built-in power outlets are available airside at some airline waiting areas.
More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport
Art in the Airport – Beautiful sculptures, murals, paintings, and exhibits are on display throughout the airport.
Duty Free & Shopping – Duty-free shopping is available airside in Terminals 1, 2, and 3. In addition, a wide variety of retail shops and newsstands are available throughout the airport complex. The Hudson News locations in Terminal 2, Concourse F, Gate F4 and Terminal 5, Gate M10 are open 24 hours.
- Family Lounge – When you want to ensure your kids burn off all their energy before their flight, take them to the family lounge which is equipped with toys, video games, climbing structures and even occasional live performances. For parents, there are comfortable seats with mobile charging outlets! Locations: Terminal 2, Main Hall, near Gate F1.
- Mothers Room – The mother rooms are equipped with comfortable seating, a sink and a little washing area.
» Terminal 1 – B4 c B10 • C20 • Baggage Claim.
» Terminal 2 – Between E5 and F9.
» Terminal 3 – Rotunda • L6.
» Terminal 5 – Gate M20
» Multi-modal Facility – Level 1, South Side • Level 1, North Side.
- Lactation Pods – Mothers needing a private spot to nurse or pump, can use one of the Mamava lactation pods. Locations:
» Terminal 1 – Gates B7 • C11 • C23
» Terminal 2 – Gates E1 • F1
» Terminal 3 – Gates G12 • K5 • K19 • L24
- Health Club – Non-Guests can pay a small fee for a day pass to use the Hilton Athletic Club [ see Airport Hotels above ]. The facilities have a steam room, sauna, lap pool, Jacuzzi and full service locker rooms. Location: Between Terminal 2 and the parking garage Rate: the non-guest rate is $15 plus tax.
- Yoga Room – Relax or stretch in between flights at the airport’s yoga room. The room comes equipped with a wall-mounted TV that displays yoga poses to follow. There is no change room, but there is a nearby bathroom on the Mezzanine where you can change clothes. Location: Terminal 3 Rotunda, airside, Mezzanine Level, near the Urban Garden. Hours: 6:00AM – 10:00PM.
Food & Drinks – Most food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. These options are open 24 hours:
- Terminal 2 – Dunkin’ Donuts (Airside, Gate F9)
- Terminal 3 – Dunkin’ Donuts (Airside, Gate H5) • McDonald’s (Airside, Concourse H, Gate H5
- Vending machines are located throughout and are available 24 hours.
Pro-Tip: Watch planes land and take-off from one of these airside restaurants: Berghoff Cafe (T1, Gate C26) • Food Court (T1, Gate C26) • Chili’s Too (T3, Gate G10) Watch planes on the ground from one of these restaurants: Tuscany Restaurant (T1, Gate B18) • Goose Island Beer Company (T1, C10) • Tortas Fronteras by Rick Bayless (T1, Gate B10 and T3, Gate K4) • Argo Tea (T2, Gate E3) • Wicker Park Seafood & Sushi (T2, Main) • Starbucks (T2, Main and T3, Gate H1) • Chicago Cubs Bar & Grill (T3, Rotunda) • Macaroni Grill (T3, Gate K2).
Information Desk – Have any questions? There are information desks to provide assistance. Locations: Terminal 1 (Gate B7 • C18) • Terminal 2 (Gate F1D) • Terminal 3 (Gate K2) • Terminal 5 (Upper/Ticketing Level • Lower/Arrivals Level).
- Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.
- Luggage Wrapping – Information not available.
- Luggage Trolleys – Need a hand with your bags? Luggage Trolleys are available to use for a $5 fee.
- Covid Testing – Rapid Antigen and PCR Testing is available through Doctors Test Centers. Location: Multi-Modal Facility. Click here for more information.
- ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside and Airside.
- Banking Services – Full-service banking, as well as faxing and photocopies, is available at Seaway National Bank in two locations: T2, landside, Main Hall (Hours: 6:00AM – 9:00PM) • T5, landside, Lower Level (Hours: 7:00AM – 9:00PM).
- Currency Exchange – More than 200 currencies are available for exchange (paper currency only) at Seaway National Bank in these six locations:
- Terminal 1 – Airside, near Gate C18.
- Terminal 2 – Landside, Main Hall.
- Terminal 3 – Airside, Gate K11.
- Terminal 5 – Landside, Upper Level • Landside, Lower Level.
Postal Services – Drop off your last minute postcards to friends and family from one of the airport’s mailboxes. Locations: various locations throughout Terminal 1 • Terminal 2 • Terminal 3 • Terminal 5.
Rest & Relaxation
- Cots – At one point, the airport provided cots, pillows and blankets and toiletry kit. According to a traveller in June 2021, this service is no longer offered likely due to Covid.
- Hotels – see “Airport Hotels” above.
- Lounges – see “Airport Lounges” above.
- Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.
Prayer – If you need a quiet place for prayer or meditation, visit the interfaith O’Hare International Airport Chapel. Prayer rugs, religious books, rosaries, and Juma ablution (wudu) facilities are available for use. Location: T2, landside, Mezzanine Level, near the USO Lounge and above the Delta ticket counters.
Showers – Freshen up at the Hilton Athletic Club [ see Health Club above ], the American Airlines Admirals Club (Terminal 3, Concourse H) or United Polaris Lounge (Terminal 1, Concourse C). [ see Airport Lounges above ]
SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.
Smoking – Designated smoking areas are located outside of the terminals.
Spa & Salon Services
- Spa / Beauty– Manicures, pedicures, facials, massages and more are available at Terminal Getaway Spa. Three locations: T1, airside, Gate B12 (Hours: 6:30AM – 9:30PM) • T3, airside, Gate H1 (Hours: 6:30AM – 9:30PM) • T3, airside, Gate H6 (Hours: 7:00AM – 9:00PM). You can also pamper yourself with express beauty services and massage at XpresSpa. Location: T5, airside, Gate M10. Hours: 9:00AM – 9:00PM.
- Barber – If you want a quick trim or your beard needs a touch up, the The Barber Shop is conveniently located for passengers. Location: Stop by the Hilton Chicago O’Hare for a $20 Haircut or $20 shave. Location: Between Terminal 2 and the parking garage. Hours: 8:00AM – 7:00PM (Mon – Fri) • 7:00AM – 7:00PM (Sat) • 12:00PM – 5:00PM (Sun).
Traveler’s Aid – This is a non-profit organization that assists stranded and distressed passengers. Volunteers assist passengers with general airport and destination queries to assisting with situations such as transportation assistance, lost or stolen money, wiring money, emergency housing, etc. The staff in both the info booths and the main office can assist with crisis intervention information as well as social services for travelers and visitors. Locations:
- Main Office – Location: Terminal 2, Airside next to Children’s Museum.
- Terminal 1 – Baggage Claim • Airside, near Gate B8 • Airside, near Gate C18
- Terminal 2 – Baggage Claim • Airside, near Gate F4
- Terminal 3 – Baggage Claim • Airside, near Gate K2
- Terminal 5 – Landside, Upper/Ticketing Level • Landside, Lower/Arrivals Level.
Urban Garden – An exhibit of over 26 different plants showcasing the sustainability of aeroponic gardening.
WiFi – see “Airport WiFi/Internet” above.
Related Pages: Things to do at Chicago O’Hare Airport
The airport is open 24 hours.
Keep in mind that airline check-in and baggage drop hours vary according to the flight schedule. Check these hours with your airline. If you are in the public area of the terminal (landside) you will not be able to get through to the secure area of the terminal (airside) until the morning. The TSA security screening checkpoint hours vary according to location:
- Checkpoint 1 (Terminal 1): 3:15AM – 11:00PM
- Checkpoint 2 (Terminal 1): 4:15AM – 7:45PM
- Checkpoint 3 (Terminal 1): 3:45AM – 8:00PM
- Checkpoint 5 (Terminal 3): 3:30AM – 8:30PM
- Checkpoint 6 (Terminal 3): 3:45AM – 8:00AM
- Checkpoint 7 (Terminal 3): 3:15AM – 9:00PM
- Checkpoint 7A (Terminal 3): 3:15AM – 11:00PM
- Checkpoint 8 (Terminal 3): 4:00AM – 8:30PM
- Checkpoint 9 (Terminal 3): 3:15AM – 8:00PM
- Checkpoint 10 (Terminal 5): open 24 hours
Times are subject to change without notice.
Chicago O’Hare airport is served by the following airlines: Aer Lingus • Aeroméxico • Air Canada • Air France • Air India • Alaska Airlines • All Nippon Airways • American Airlines • Austrian Airlines • British Airways • Cape Air • Cathay Pacific • Copa Airlines • Delta Air Lines • Denver Air Connection • EVA Air • Emirates • Ethiopian Airlines • Etihad Airways • Finnair • Frontier Airlines • Iberia • Icelandair • Japan Airlines • Jetblue • KLM • Korean Air • LOT • Lufthansa • Qatar Airways • Royal Jordanian • Swiss • SAS • Southwest Airlines • Spirit Airlines • Sun Country • TAP Air Portugal • Turkish Airlines • United Airlines • VivaAerobus • Volaris • West Jet.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport
Several CTA public bus routes serve O’Hare Airport from points all over the city of Chicago. For more information on routes and fares, visit the Chicago Transit Authority website.
PACE suburban public bus system serves the Chicago area suburbs. Two PACE bus routes serve the airport directly: Routes 250 and 330. Other PACE bus routes connect to the airport via stops at Blue Line train stations. For fares and information, go to the PACE bus website.
O’Hare Airport is served by several regional bus companies, transporting passengers between the airport and destinations in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa and Indiana. Contact your service provider of choice for further information.
The following car rental agencies serve O’Hare: ACD • Alamo • Avis • Budget • Dollar • Enterprise • Fox • Hertz • National • Payless • Routes • Sixt • Thrifty. Each agency offers its own 24-hour courtesy shuttle service, picking up passengers at designated areas outside of baggage claim on the Arrivals lower level.
Several hotels near Chicago O’Hare Airport offer free airport shuttle service: Aloft Chicago O’Hare • Best Western at O’Hare • Candlewood Suites • Crowne Plaza • Doubletree Hotel • Embassy Suites by Hilton • Four Points by Sheraton • Hampton Inn • Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport • Hilton Rosemont / Chicago O’Hare • Holiday Inn & Suites • Hyatt Place Chicago/O’Hare Airport • LoewsHotel • Motel 6 Elk Grove Village – O’Hare • Quality Inn O’Hare Airport • Residence Inn • Sheraton Suites • Sonesta Chicago O’Hare Airport • The Rose Hotel • Wyndham Hotel.
Shuttles depart from the “Bus/Shuttle Center”, located on the main level of the parking garage between elevator centers 3 and 4.
See also Airport Hotels above.
For connections between O’Hare and Midway, you can take the CTA with one transfer downtown. This is your most economical option, but it is a time-consuming 2 hour journey. for more information visit the CTA web site.
Taxi is probably your best bet, although you will pay more (approx. $37).
Passengers can get around the airport complex by using the ATS, a 24-hour automated train service. Trains run as frequently as every 3-5 minutes during peak times, and travel a 10-minute circuit between all terminals, all airport parking lots, the PACE bus stop and the Kiss ‘N Fly drop-off point. Trains and stations are wheelchair-accessible.
Ride Share Apps
If you have ordered a car via a Ride Share app, the pick-up locations are: Terminal 2 (Upper Level, between Door 2A and Door 2D) and Terminal 5 (Lower Level, Door 5B).
Shared Ride Shuttle
Go Airport Express provides door-to-door shared ride or exclusive ride service between the airport and the Chicago metropolitan area and the Chicago Midway Airport. Shuttles depart every 15 minutes from Arrivals, Lower Level outside of all Terminals. Exit Doors: Terminal 1 (Door 1E), Terminal 2 (Door 2E), Terminal 3 (Door 3E) and Terminal 5 (Door 5E).
Wheelchair-accessible shuttles are available, but advanced reservation is strongly suggested.
O’Hare Airport is served by licensed, metered taxis, with an average fare of $30 – $40 (as of July 2022) to downtown Chicago. Taxi stands are located curb front on the lower level of the terminals. Wheelchair-accessible taxis (WAV) can be requested by calling Open Taxis central dispatch. For safety reasons, do not accept rides from the airport from a taxi that is not operating from the designated taxi stands.
The CTA Blue Line, or “L” train, offers 24 hour train service between O’Hare Blue Line station to Forest Park via downtown Chicago. O’Hare’s Blue Line station is located on the lower level of the parking garage and can be reached on foot or by ATS (Airport Transit System). Fares can be purchased with cash or credit card from the vending machines located outside of the station. For information on schedules and fares, go to the CTA website.
Metra offers commuter train throughout the Chicago area. The North Central Service connects Union Station in downtown Chicago to the O’Hare Transfer Station. To access the Metra from the airport, take the shuttle bus to the Multi-Modal Facility and walk across the street to the Metra station. Tickets can be purchased on the train. Fares are determined by the zones travelled. For more information, visit the Metra web site.
Last updated: 2023-03-22
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