o'hare international airport

Your Guide to O’Hare International Airport

According to Federal Aviation Administration data, based on the number of flights, Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD) has once again earned the top spot for the busiest airport in the United States. This is the first time since 2014 that ORD has surpassed Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. (Note: Hartsfield still holds the top spot for most passengers). No surprise to the frequent business traveler. Below are some tips to keep you moving and energized as you pass through the Windy City.

Getting There or Getting Out

Like most domestic international airports, ORD strongly recommends passengers follow the TSA guidelines, arriving two hours early for domestic flights and three hours ahead for international departures.

If arriving by private car such as Dav El | BostonCoach, ORD is easily accessible from the surrounding highways. Although a bit expensive, short- and long-term parking is also available for personal vehicles, and the Chicago Transit Authority Blue Line terminates in the airport, making access to terminals easy.

When departing the airport, in addition to the same above options, taxi stands can be found throughout the various airport terminals. And although lines often get long during peak hours, they tend to move quickly.


With more than 100 options to eat, drink, and be merry according to Eater Chicago, there is truly something for everyone at ORD. Whether looking for a quick bite to eat on your way to the gate, or space to spread out and work during a layover or even enjoy a local brew, ORD has you covered. Treats such as Rick Bayless’s Tortas Frontera, One Off Hospitality Group’s Publican Tavern, the jazz-themed Bubbles Wine Bar, and Berghoff Café, Chicago’s iconic German restaurant pepper the dining experience at ORD.

Time to Spare?

If time allows for a little rest and de-stress, check out ORD’s onsite spas, yoga room, health club, or the Urban Garden – the first aeroponic garden at any airport in the world! Interested in a little shopping? No problem. ORD offers everything from books, to clothing, jewelry, technology, handbags, makeup, and more. And for those interested in high-end, luxury items, check out Armani, Coach, Michael Kors, or even Ferragamo.

One of the top American airports for art lovers, and in support of Chicago’s Public Art Program, ORD plays host to numerous exhibits that feature sculptures, paintings, and murals to enjoy. Visitors to ORD can even visit a skeleton model of a Brachiosaurus or experience Michael Hayden’s “Sky’s the Limit.”

And whether a layover or a delay, ORD supports both the business and leisure traveler with free wi-fi service throughout every terminal – keeping you connected at all times!