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Is 45 minutes enough to check in and board plane at Chicago O'Hare airport?

According to the airline's website, check-in counters at O'Hare are "closed punctually 1 hour before flight departure". Arriving 45 minutes before the scheduled departure will essentially guarantee ...
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Waiting after international flight before clearing customs

Do not try this at home (airport actually) If you wait 3 hours before going to claim your baggage your baggage will already have been picked up by the lost baggage team and a large group waiting ...
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Is a 1hr 3min layover at ORD (Chicago) enough when coming in international?

For a normal international flight, the answer would be a clear "not a chance". However, your flight is different. Most flights from Canada (including yours) go through US immigration and customs in ...
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Driving distance between O'Hare (ORD) and Downtown Chicago is 20.5 mi and 1H 17min?

Because that's about how long it takes at this time of day during the week. On that route, in addition to the almost-always very heavy traffic (shown by the red areas on the Google Maps route) ...
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Is 45 minutes enough to check in and board plane at Chicago O'Hare airport?

With a checked bag, I think you have zero chance of making this flight, and this assumes you arrive on your proposed schedule. For an international flight, you should arrive two hours prior to ...
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Driving distance between O'Hare (ORD) and Downtown Chicago is 20.5 mi and 1H 17min?

Heavy traffic in busy cities is normal. It would be similar if you were trying to get in and out of NYC or Boston or San Francisco at this hour. Is this news? The smarter way is a perfectly nice ...
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In January, for potential weather delays, what is a safe layover time at ORD?

Five and half hours are more than enough for any half way reasonable operating condition. However, in January its possible that you will encounter outlier conditions such as a major snow storm. There ...
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PEK-ORD-YYZ - Re-check Luggage in Chicago?

Yes you will have to collect and recheck baggage. You will go through US Customs and Border Protection too. Step 1 : Arrive at O'Hare International Terminal 5 Step 2 : Proceed to Customs and Border ...
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Is 45 minutes enough to check in and board plane at Chicago O'Hare airport?

TLDR: Doomed. Edit follows. The fatal flaw in your plan is less the airplane than the train. Seriously? Amtrak running on time!? And then the Uber, when the train is late, your Uber is gone and ...
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Do I need to pick up luggage for transit?

Normally, when entering the US (anyone making a connection still needs to enter the US), you need to collect the baggage, go through customs and re-check the baggage on the connections belt. However, ...
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Do I need to pick up luggage for transit?

Just flew that route a few weeks ago. No, you don't, you will go through US customs pre-clearance at YYZ (Toronto) and your bags will be checked through. Traveling in the opposite direction would be ...
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Waiting after international flight before clearing customs

I have arrived at Chicago O'Hare (ORD) on international flights before. After landing at ORD, passengers deplane and enter a international arrivals terminal. There are no amenities in this terminal ...
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Waiting after international flight before clearing customs

Your thought seems to be that your group will wait at one of the numerous restaurants, cafes or seating areas universally found in airports, then your entire group goes through Customs together. ...
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Can I use the 1-Day CTA pass from O'Hare?

Apparently, this is indeed allowed. Near its note about the $5 O'Hare fare, the CTA Fares Page says: Tip: Use an unlimited pass to board at O'Hare for no additional charge. The same page also ...
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How much transfer time do I need when traveling from Germany (via London) to the USA?

You normally should be able to make your connection in Chicago with about an hour, so with 1:50, you have plenty. However, there is always a chance that your flight is late, or the lines are longer ...
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Winnipeg to Paris with connection at Chicago O'Hare

Normally for a flight into the US - even a connecting flight - you would need to collect your bags at the first point of entry into the US (ie, Chicago), clear immigration/customs, re-check your bags, ...
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In January, for potential weather delays, what is a safe layover time at ORD?

A little research shows that, yes, January is the snowiest month (sort of like asking if one should expect rain in Seattle) with O'Hare Airport having 28.5 snowy days a year. In January, it snows, on ...
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Spirit Flight between ORD and OAK

This news report says that "The routes being cut where Spirit is the only operator are flights from Dallas/Fort Worth and Chicago O’Hare to Oakland." So it appears that Spirit is withdrawing the route....
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ORD 47min Connecting flight

Your itinerary is: ASQ4301 CAE-ORD ASQ4328 ORD-LNK Looking at these flights on FlightAware, we can see that 4301 often arrives early, though occasionally it's late, and once in the last 10 days it ...
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Is 3 hours a safe layover for domestic - international change at ORD

You've got so much time between your flights that you're likely to spend almost the entire time bored out of your mind. Your PIT-ORD segment historically arrives early, even when it leaves late, ...
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How to travel from Cincinnati to O'Hare

Today, for leaving April 29 and returning May 3: The quickest is a CVG-ORD flight, which is $452 round trip. Cheaper is Amtrak, which starts at $98 round trip. In both directions this train runs ...
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Why didn't my snowboard bag make it on the flight at O'Hare despite me arriving over 2 hours early to the airport?

We can only speculate. Sometimes bags don't get taken where they are supposed to go, because they get forgotten, put in a dusty corner, mixed in with bags of a different priority, or any number of ...
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Who is eligible for Automated Passport Control?

In my experience, anyone entering under the VWP can use the APC machines (which saves filling in the paper form at the least) but if you have not entered the US before with your current passport (...
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Driving distance between O'Hare (ORD) and Downtown Chicago is 20.5 mi and 1H 17min?

The red areas show traffic. There is currently construction which adds 12 minutes and there is a road closure. This graph shows traffic statistics for this route:
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Can I leave Chicago (ORD) on a 10 hour layover

Can you leave the airport? Yes, absolutely, there's nothing stopping you from doing so. Should you? With 10 hours, it's feasible provided any luggage is either checked through or you can secure it ...
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Is it possible to stay overnight at Chicago Airport?

Any question about staying overnight at an airport can usually be answered by consulting the comprehensive sleeping in airports website. It's probably best to read the reviews on that site to see the ...
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Is 2 hours sufficient at Chicago O'Hare for transit between two international flights for an Indian with JAL airlines

Getting from T5 to T3 is very straightforward (O'Hare official web site): The Terminal Transfer Bus runs every 15 minutes and will take you directly from T5 to T3. You will not stay air side so you ...
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Where in (or near) Chicago airport can I get a few hours of sleep?

Hilton Chicago O'Hare offers day rooms: Available for $79 on weekends and $99 on weekdays, the Day Room Package is available from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m The hotel is connected directly to the ...
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Chicago Midway airport (MDW) feasibility to/from Greyhound Bus station?

When I read your previous question last year about traveling to CMX, I had absolutely no idea just how bad an airport in the US could be... Flights in and out of your local airport (CMX) apparently ...
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Immigration time at ORD

You can check wait times for different airports here: awt.cbp.gov. Looking at ORD for the past few months, wait times for non-citizens are on the order of 20-30 minutes, but maximum wait times might ...
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