A modern metropolis next to impressive Lake Michigan, Chicago is a true American landmark. A heaven for art and sports lovers alike, the city is a hub of activity year round! At the same time, the city acts as a great starting point for exploring a wide variety of cities in numerous states. The best way to start your road trip is to book a car hire from Chicago Airport, allowing you to hit the road right after you land. Book with Auto Europe and make use of our affordable rates!
Chicago Airport (ORD)
Official Name: Chicago O'Hare International Airport
Address: 10000 W O'Hare Ave, Chicago, IL 60666, USA
Location: The airport is on the Far Northwest Side of Chicago, about 17 miles from the Loop, the city's central business district. While the complex is mostly in Cook County, part of it is also within DuPage County.
Airlines operating at Chicago Airport: A major hub for American Airlines and United Airlines, Chicago Airport also offers direct flights from London-Heathrow by American Airlines, British Airways, and United Airlines.
There are four terminals at Chicago Airport, numbered 1, 2, 3, and 5, with a total 182 boarding gates. Terminal 1 mainly hosts United Airlines flights, and concourses B and C. Terminal 2 operates services mostly by Air Canada and Delta Air Lines, with concourses E and F. American Airlines operates out of Terminal 3, which has four concourses: G, H, K, and L. Terminal 5, which is located farther away from the other terminals, houses concourse M, and operates most international arrivals. The airport transit system offers a connection between all the terminals.
In Terminal 1, you will find check-in, baggage reclaim and security control in concourse B. In the other terminals, these facilities are located in the main hall, prior to entering the concourses that house the boarding gates.
There is a dedicated car rental area where you will pick up your car hire from Chicago Airport. You will be transported to your dedicated car hire supplier with a shuttle bus. Outside each terminal you will find stops for these buses. If you have booked a motorbike hire, transportation will be provided from the airport to the downtown location of the supplier.
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As a major international airport, Chicago Airport offers an enormous variety of dining options, shops, and other services. A wide array of restaurants is available both before and after you go through security check, including various fast food eateries, cafes, and even a jazz bar. However, you will not find restaurants in the concourse near the departure gates in Terminal 5.
Shoppers can delight in the variety of goods on offer, from electronics, books, and clothing to souvenirs and duty free products. You can find spas in Terminals 1, 3 and 5, and a designated yoga room in Terminal 3. ATMs are dotted all around the airport, and each terminal also has a currency exchange office. In Terminal 2 you can also use the services of the children's play area and medical centre.
Driving to central Chicago from the airport will take about half an hour, depending on traffic, using the I-90 E. To explore other nearby states, head to Milwaukee, an hour and a half via the I-94 W, or Indianapolis, a three-hour drive along the I-65 S. More routes and advice for driving in the USA here.
If you require public transportation to get to Chicago, the transportation hub, the "airport transit center" is in front of terminals 1, 2 and 3, and accessible through pedestrian tunnels from these terminals. From this hub you can take the train or the bus. Chicago's Blue Line "L" train runs to the airport, and takes you to the Loop and on to the West Side. There are multiple buses that take passengers to Chicago or destinations in neighbouring states such as Indiana and Wisconsin.
With a little planning, parking in Chicago can be made easier than you might think. An online map shows the real-time availability of parking spaces around the city, and some car parks also allow for online booking of spaces. You can also find public car parks around Navi Pier, for example.