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Chicago ORD airport for 8 hours - any local attractions (Dec 12th).

Chicago ORD airport for 8 hours - any local attractions (Dec 12th).

Old Nov 9, 19, 2:31 am
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Chicago ORD airport for 8 hours - any local attractions (Dec 12th).

Hi and wonder if any travelers can help me.

i May have 8 hrs at ORD between connections (AA domestic to BA international). I have GE so can get into / out of the airport quickly.

are there any recommendations what to do for an 8 hour layover at or nearby ORD?

Arrival 0810 T3, Departing 1710 T5. One World Emerald for lounge access.
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Old Nov 9, 19, 4:43 am
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You could take the blue line to downtown (the loop) in about 45 minutes and visit the Art Institute which is well worth a visit..
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Old Nov 9, 19, 6:03 am
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I've done a layover like this at ORD before. Left lugagge at ORD and took train downtown. Walked around the parks, navy pier, had lunch and then took the train back to ORD. There are museums to check out and also the shopping street.
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Old Nov 9, 19, 6:42 am
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Tons of stress IMO just to get to the museums, but 8hrs should be good. ORD is not in downtown is the problem!

london too ó a day trip in and out of LHR isnít ideal in either city (unless your take the HEX and have a good plan)

if only more airports were centrally located. Get all the smog in one place.
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deep dish pizza
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Chicago is a giant city. You can certainly burn a few hours there, but mostly I try to avoid it.

As mentioned upthread, the blue line is easy enough to take into the city, and the Art Institute is great.

St John Cantius is a beautiful old restored church right off the Chicago/Milwaukee Blue line station. It's my favorite place in the city.

Beyond that...meh. It's pretty much like every giant city and most everything is over-priced.
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Old Nov 9, 19, 7:32 am
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this was going to be my suggestion as well. take a cab and have pizza. mmmmm.
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Old Nov 9, 19, 7:37 am
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You could also book a day room at the ORD Hilton. That includes access to nice gym and pool.
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Old Nov 9, 19, 8:03 am
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Since itís December and probably going to be very cold Art Institute is a good idea. You can also have a drink at Signature room on 96th floors in Hancock building. Or eat deep dish pizza at Lou Malnatis. If itís really cold and snowing on the day when you land - just stay in T3 flagship lounge all day. If you do decide to go downtown take a blue line since it will be faster than Uber during rush hour
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Old Nov 9, 19, 8:07 am
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this was going to be my suggestion as well. take a cab and have pizza. mmmmm.
On a Thursday outside of 11 - 2 range a cab would probably take even longer than taking the blue line. On a weekend it would be feasible.
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Old Nov 9, 19, 8:56 am
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I wouldnít venture all the way into the city. Hop over to Rosemont. Go indoor skydiving and then have some BBQ and bourbon at Bub City and call it a day.

But if you really want to get downtown, the Blue Line is easy enough. If you visit the Art Institute, the old library (now home to the Chicago Cultural Center) is quite nearby and also worth a quick visit.

No one in Chicago actually eats deep dish pizza, itís just where we take our out-of-town visitors. All about that thin crust. Or hot dogs or Italian beef. With such a short time, I wouldnít waste it waiting for a pizza to cook, but if you do deep dish, Pequodís is where itís at, or Lou Malnatiís (butter crust) as a backup. Just be warned youíre going to wait a long time for it to cook, in addition to any wait for a table.

If youíre thinking about the Willis Tower... donít. Follow gateH15ís advice and get a drink at the Signature Lounge in the John Hancock instead.

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Old Nov 9, 19, 9:07 am
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Thereís a complimentary bus tour running between Terminal 5 and the American Airlines Terminal 3.
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Old Nov 9, 19, 9:12 am
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Thereís a complimentary bus tour running between Terminal 5 and the American Airlines Terminal 3.
Leave extra time for this too. Especially if itís snowing, which is not unlikely in December. It doesnít run all that often - they say every 10-15 minutes - but in bad weather it can be closer to 30 minutes. Almost got bit by this during the Halloween snowstorm a week ago because I wanted to wait at the T3 FL before busing over to T5 to catch a flight. A lot of poor souls trying to connect to a BA LHR flight got hosed.
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If you figure an hour and an hour out, you actually get about 4 hours if you pick a museum or other venue in the city center- assuming you want to be back at ORD 2 hours before your BA flight. Iíll leave it to you if you think itís worth it.

Near the airport, You have the casino is Rosemont, which I think has a free shuttle from the terminals. There is also the Donald E Stevens Hummel Museum, which I still chuckle at every time you see it. Thereís a high end outlet mall, if youíre a shopper.

I agree with javabytes that few locals actually eat deep dish pizza. Thin crust, I recommend Lou Malnattis or DíAugustinos is my personal, if not controversial, pick near ORD. Frannies would be my pick if you want to try an Italian beef. Superdawg, if you want the finest in Chicago Style hot dogs. There are also some good places for Steak near oíHare. Hala Kahiki is a true gem of a retro tiki bar, but I donít think their hours jive with your flights. If youíre a dive bar person, thereís a couple I could recommend within a 15-20minute Uber ride from ORD.
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No one in Chicago actually eats deep dish pizza, itís just where we take our out-of-town visitors. All about that thin crust. Or hot dogs or Italian beef. With such a short time, I wouldnít waste it waiting for a pizza to cook, but if you do deep dish, Pequodís is where itís at, or Lou Malnatiís (butter crust) as a backup. Just be warned youíre going to wait a long time for it to cook, in addition to any wait for a table.

You are probably right.. however, ever time I have been there.. there seems to be a lot of locals too.
would you say the same about pizza in N.Y?
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