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We have to get home some swag and purchased items from Chicago, and the bags we brought are too small and too few.

Is there a shrink wrapping service at or around O'Hare that can convert our shopping bags into a single piece of luggage the airline will accept, or do we have to buy a travel bag or trolley case?

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    I don't know for sure, but shrink wrapping luggage seems to be considerably less common in the US than in other places. But as another option, you can probably get a used suitcase for cheap at a thrift store. – Nate Eldredge May 6 '15 at 14:28
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    Shrink wrapping is not widely available, as TSA loves to open baggage for inspection, so is really a waste of money in the US. You can find cheap duffle bags and other such cavernous bags at the box stores (Walmart, K-Mart, Target) or outdoors stores all over. – user13044 May 6 '15 at 14:55
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At the time of writing it would seem that there are no baggage wrapping facilities at Chicago O'Hare. For starters, the airport website does not mention baggage wrapping in their list of facilities. Moreover, neither TrueStar nor SecureWrap, arguably the two largest baggage-wrapping conglomerates operate in Chicago O'Hare airport. At the time of writing, TrueStar doesn't seem to have a single wrapping machine running in the US. On the other hand, SecureWrap covers (only) three airports in the US:

  • Houston, TX (IAH)
  • Miami, FL (MIA)
  • New York, NY (JFK)

This TripAdvisor forum thread from 2012 also states that there are no such facilities at ORD, probably due to the fact that baggage wrapping is somewhat unpopular in the US, compared to Europe or South America.

All in all you might be better off buying a large duffel bag to contain your smaller pieces of luggage.

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