I have a United domestic flight into Chicago that will reach at around 9 am, and a 9 pm international flight (Finnair). I was wondering what I should do for the 12 hours I'll be there (or 8 if you exclude the check-in time for the international flight).

I'll have 2 bags - 1 I'll always carry with me at all times. is there a place I can store the other bag at? Some googling tells me that I could use Bounce (is it legit?) or the athletic club at the airport Hilton.

Other than that - would I be able to go to the United club at Chicago (its in the departure area - can I stay airside and go there?). Alternatively, since Finnair is a Oneworld airline - can I go to the American Admirals club lounge with my Finnair ticket? (especially because it has a shower, which I'd like to use) (after buying day passes in both cases of course.)

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    We need a lot more details: how is this booked (single ticket or two PNRs). What class of service for each flight, what's your status with United, Star Alliance, FinnAir and OneWorld. Do you have other means of access (Priority Pass, Amex, etc)
    – Hilmar
    Jun 3, 2023 at 4:01
  • its 2 different PNRs. i dont have any frequent flier status on any airline, but i think i can buy a day pass right?
    – cgifox
    Jun 3, 2023 at 4:46
  • As Stack Exchange we do not give touristic information, it is against the rules. I would google the name of the city and something you enjoy (sports,, museum, your favorite music or whatever.)
    – Willeke
    Jun 3, 2023 at 16:18

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Unfortunately access rules to a airline lounges are rather complicated and often not very clear.

United does sells one-time passes. Here are some of the rules

A one-time pass admits one person, with no guests, to a United Club location. Children under 2 years old may accompany someone accessing a United Club location with a one-time pass. A one-time pass cannot be used at United Arrivals Lounges, United Polaris lounges or Partner Lounges. Effective November 1, 2019, one-time pass holders will need to provide a same-day boarding pass for travel on United, Star Alliance or a contracted partner operated flight for entry into all United Club locations.

Access to Lounges may be denied for one-time pass users during busy times when Lounges are at or near capacity.

"Same day boarding pass" implies that you can use the lounge after arrival, but I have seen lounge agent interpreting this as "only before departure". Please also note that they can refuse entry if they feel it's too full. They don't appear to have a restriction on time.

You won't get into the Polaris lounge but there are 4 other United Clubs in Chicago that you can try. The clubs tend to have limited food and drink options and no showers as compared the Polaris lounge and other international business class lounges.

Finn Air appears to be using the Swissport lounge in Terminal 5. Terminals 1-3 are connected airside, but Terminal 5 isn't (as as I know), once you are out of United/American territory, there is no way back.

You can check lounges and access conditions for example at https://www.loungebuddy.com/ORD?source=homepage&filters=%7B%22tempClosed.0%22%3A%22open%22%7D

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