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update 29 Sept 2017, effective 1 Oct, 2017

Departure: The airport you are leaving on an international J/F flight* from, i.e. EWR-ORD-NRT
Connecting: The airport to or from which you have a short-haul flight to connect to a longer flight, i.e. EWR-ORD-NRT or NRT-ORD-EWR
Arrival: The airport you arrive at after your long-haul flight, i.e. EWR-ORD-NRT

Hours-0715-2100 (seasonally open at 6:45 beginning in Dec '18) -- some reports (Summer 2019) of 0700

*Currently it appears that any departing international flight on an *A partner qualifies (except AC operated transborder flights ), but only United flights with the premium cabin class listed as 'Polaris Business' or 'Polaris First' will qualify for entrance after arriving off a United Polaris flight.
UA premium cabin flights not marketed as Polaris, such as Domestic First or International Business (Canada, Mexico, Caribbean ... ) are not eligible for Polaris lounge access.

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Old Dec 1, 16, 8:15 am
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ORD Polaris lounge -- Reviews, Experiences, Q&A, ..

With Polaris becoming live, it seems time to create a few separate threads

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Old Dec 1, 16, 8:15 am
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Polaris lounge pics from this morning. Anyone else here?

They gave me a brief tour when I got here. Service is pretty good. They have staff bringing around trays of champagne and mimosas.

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Old Dec 1, 16, 8:25 am
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Originally Posted by TomA View Post
Polaris lounge pics from this morning. Anyone else here?

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Wow, that looks fantastic! I really like the entrance, very elegant.

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Old Dec 1, 16, 8:25 am
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I didn't see this mentioned before... the cubby seating has white granite pull out desks.

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Old Dec 1, 16, 8:44 am
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They told me hot food service begins in two weeks.
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Old Dec 1, 16, 8:45 am
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Originally Posted by lowfareair View Post
The important question though - do the bartenders know if United will be keeping the high(er) end alcohol (Veuve, WhistlePig, etc.) past the initial opening?
The lounge wine selection that's been pictured looks balanced enough that it could last.
  • The Prisoner (polarizing but people love it - typically $35-$40 a bottle)
  • Noble 181 cabernet (cheap $15 stuff - they save on this for people who don't think about wine)
  • Daou cabernet (about $25 a bottle - very good for a free lounge wine)

Basically a notch up from the free stuff at the Amex lounges.

As for the onboard wine looking for reports, but saw pic from a press event that showed something more on par with Delta (a $20+ bottle mixed in with the usual $15 stuff)

Taft Street Chardonnay (about $20)
Sebastian Riffault Sancerre (about $20)
Mastroberardino Mastro Greco (about $15)

Banshee Cabernet (about $35 - surprising if avail in biz)
Dobbes Wines by Joe Pinot (about $15)
Hahn GSM (about $15)

There will be 6 wines boarded - 2 of each type that are 'favorites' and 1 that is 'emerging'
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Old Dec 1, 16, 8:50 am
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Posting these on behalf of friend who visited the Polaris lounge at ORD this morning.














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Old Dec 1, 16, 8:54 am
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Originally Posted by iluv2fly View Post
I just called GS at ORD. The agent said it opened at 730.
Sounds about right. I got here at 0800 and there were far more employees than passengers.
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Old Dec 1, 16, 9:01 am
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Originally Posted by cerealmarketer View Post
The lounge wine selection that's been pictured looks balanced enough that it could last.
  • The Prisoner (polarizing but people love it - typically $35-$40 a bottle)
  • Noble 181 cabernet (cheap $15 stuff - they save on this for people who don't think about wine)
  • Daou cabernet (about $25 a bottle - very good for a free lounge wine)

Basically a notch up from the free stuff at the Amex lounges.

As for the onboard wine looking for reports, but saw pic from a press event that showed something more on par with Delta (a $20+ bottle mixed in with the usual $15 stuff)

Taft Street Chardonnay (about $20)
Sebastian Riffault Sancerre (about $20)
Mastroberardino Mastro Greco (about $15)

Banshee Cabernet (about $35 - surprising if avail in biz)
Dobbes Wines by Joe Pinot (about $15)
Hahn GSM (about $15)

There will be 6 wines boarded - 2 of each type that are 'favorites' and 1 that is 'emerging'
Thanks for this important information. The wines served on board and especially the free rock-gut ones in the lounges have been pathetic. Nice to see some reasonably good wines being offered.
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Old Dec 1, 16, 9:08 am
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Here is the full alcohol menu: (click a thumbnail to open full size)











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Old Dec 1, 16, 9:15 am
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They told me hot food service begins in two weeks.
Hope it's by 12/16 when my wife and I are on our way to Christmas in Oslo.

Nice wine list, though interesting that they don't have a single French red or white (other than the Champagnes). Two Spanish reds and a Malbec. Would like to see a true Rhone red. Great sounding craft cocktails. May need to try a Prospector's Smash!

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Old Dec 1, 16, 9:18 am
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Currently at ORD Polaris lounge, I am the 15th guest of this lounge when I arrived around 9:30
A staff gave me a tour which is nice, I took some picture to share with you guys.
https://goo.gl/photos/LdHHDLxugZ1AuWg19
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Old Dec 1, 16, 9:20 am
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Here is the full alcohol menu: (click a thumbnail to open full size) [snip]
Wow there are some real gems in there. Weller 12?? That sells on the secondary market for $100+ these days (retails for $30 but virtually impossible to find sadly).

Veuve and Moet Rose are strong bubbles options if they stick too.

Cocktails look well thought out too - they remind me of the UC LHR bar and the cocktails offered at Centurion Lounges
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Old Dec 1, 16, 9:22 am
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Originally Posted by JDT1955 View Post
Hope it's by 12/16 when my wife and I are on our way to Christmas in Oslo.
I asked for the date and the chef just (like exactly just now) told me 12/15 is the plan!
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Old Dec 1, 16, 9:45 am
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Wow there are some real gems in there. Weller 12?? That sells on the secondary market for $100+ these days (retails for $30 but virtually impossible to find sadly).
Really nice selection of whiskies for a club - I'm used to Jack and Walker Black as the two usual 'upscale' options, but Bulleit 10, WhistlePig, Auchentoshan, Bushmills are all $50+ whiskeys. Patron Silver is interesting, because I feel that is something that most people (whether they enjoy tequila or not) will identify as a 'prestige' label.

I'm supposed to connect through ORD on my way to Asia in January but meeting someone for dinner outside of the airport. Looks like I'll have to rethink that!
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