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TL;DR: While it probably would be possible for you to get downtown, see one or two things and get back, I would recommend settling in with a good book/iPad/kindle and get some movie watching/reading done. O'Hare is a terrible place to get in and out of. I imagine I'll leave the airport by 9, and should be back by 11:30. Is this reasonable? Assuming ...


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Assuming you arrive in the domestic terminal and leave from the international one, I would first go over there and try to check in early, just to get that out of the way. It is always risky to leave the airport and get into suburban traffic when you have to catch another flight, especially an international one. Your time is limited and I wouldn't spend too ...


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As you're going from Terminal 5 to Terminal 1 you will need to re-clear security, and your duty free liquids will not be allowed through regardless of how they are packaged. Normally the solution to this would be to put the duty free in your checked luggage after clearing customs, but given that you're on a "pre-cleared" flight you are correct in that your ...


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Most US airports have no concept of "transit" and no "airside" where you can make your connection. You land, clear US customs, and then can go wherever you like, whether that's just over to another terminal to catch your plane, or out into the city to explore. So if you have the paperwork to enable the connection, then you almost certainly have the paperwork ...


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I use those Admirals' Clubs regularly. They are OK. The food and drinks options are poor, but the showers are pretty nice. There are also some comfortable chairs which recline, which might be good for sleeping, although they can go quickly. The quiet rooms generally are quiet, but they don't contain the reclining chairs (from memory). It costs $50 for a day ...


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It's hard to find good info on spots in the airport, but Foursquare does mention: New privacy station with nice seats and power (free) near Johnny Rockets between T1 & T2 if you're looking for a place to nap and recharge (pun intended), this may be it. Apparently, several of the departure gates also include arm-less benches (airport sleepers' ...


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I've not slept in this airport, so I can't give you personal information. Nevertheless there is a site called "Sleep in Airports" that gives general information about sleeping in almost any airport. About Chicago O'Hare, this page says that you can sleep in a lounge for US$40-50, there are 3 hotels and if you are looking for a free nap you have some reviews ...


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I did it a month ago, but I had 9 hours between my flights. And I was lucky because I decided to return to the airport earlier than necessary: the CTA derailled and we had to take a bus to return to the O'Hare. You'll spend almost one hour to go downtown, and another hour to return, so you'll have some 3 free hours. I went to the the Chicago Beans (not the ...


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If your port of entry is ORD then that is where you will go through clearing customs irrespective of you having a connecting flight or not. Once you collect your bags and clear your customs check you are free to go wherever you want to go.


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In my experience, Delta Sky Club, Admirals Club and United Club are comparable to each other. But I know that some travelers have strong preference toward one club or another. All of them are much more comfortable than publicly available halls: there are quiet rooms in the clubs, they offer snacks, drinks, and free wi-fi. However, they don't have beds. At ...


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Getting through immigration usually takes at least half an hour and can often take an hour or more. Getting from O'Hare to downtown is another hour; getting back is yet another hour. You need to be back at O'Hare an hour and a half before your outgoing flight. That only leaves an hour to an hour and a half of your layover for actual sight-seeing.


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I fly through O'Hare a lot, from a US domestic airport, to the UK. Typically you won't even see your checked luggage at Chicago, as long as you are travelling on the same airline/alliance (note: this is not true when flying in the other direction, i.e. when coming from a destination outside the US, as you need to go through customs, then "re-drop" your ...



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