Chicago O'Hare International Airport Guide (ORD)

Airport info
Code: ORD
10000 West O'Hare Avenue, Chicago, 60666, United States

Chicago O’Hare International Airport is situated 29km (18 miles) northwest of Chicago.

No. of terminals: 4 Dialling code: +1
+1 800 832 6352
Chicago O'Hare International Airport map

The larger of Chicago’s two international airports, Chicago O’Hare International Airport is one of the world’s busiest air transport hubs. A useful resource for travellers, our Chicago O’Hare International Airport guide includes essential information regarding terminal facilities, public transport access and nearby accommodation options, as well as useful contact details.


Information desks (tel: +1 773 686 2200) are available in Terminals 1, 3 and 5. Multi-lingual staff are on hand to provide information and assist passengers with directions, 24 hours a day. Travelers Aid booths are located in all terminals.

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Transfer between terminals

A free, 24-hour, transit light rail system, known as 'ATS', links all four terminals and the parking area. The ATS is scheduled to reopen in Autumn/ Fall 2019. The CDA operates shuttle bus services in place of the ATS.

Driving directions

The airport lies on Interstate 190. It is accessible from the north and south via Interstate 294 and from the east and west via Interstate 90.

From central Chicago, take the north-western bound Interstate 90 and merge onto the Interstate 190, following the signs for the airport. The total drive time from central Chicago to the airport is approximately 30 minutes (depending on traffic conditions).

Public Transport

Public transport rail

Light rail: The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) (tel: +1 888 968 7282; runs the 24-hour 'Blue Line' service to central Chicago (journey time: 45 minutes; fare $2.50). The CTA station is located on the lower level of terminal 2.

Rail: Metra North Central commuter trains (tel: +1 312 322 6777; serve destinations in Lake County and northern Cook County, with five daily inbound and outbound trains between Antioch and Chicago Union Station. The station at the airport is situated near the remote long-term car parks and is on the ATS system. The single fare from Union Station to the O'Hare Transfer station is US$6.00, and the journey time is approximately 35 minutes.

Public transport road

Bus: PACE buses (tel: +1 847 364 7223; 250 and 330 serve the airport from the ATS ‘Kiss ‘n’ Fly’ stop at Lot E. Bus 250 terminates at Evanston to the north of the city, while bus 330 serves the western suburbs. Connections to the city centre are available along both routes (fare: US$2.25).

There are a number of regional services available from the airport. The Bus and Shuttle Centre is located on the Level 1of the multistorey car park. This is the pick-up point for most bus, shuttle and regional services, including hotel courtesy buses. Regional buses also depart from Lot D, opposite Terminal 5.

Shuttle: GO Airport Express shuttle buses (tel: +1 888 284 3826; depart from all terminals for central Chicago and northern destinations. There is also an hourly shuttle and coach service to Midway Airport (tel: +1 800 248 8747;

Taxi:There are taxi ranks outside the arrivals area of each terminal (journey time: 30-45 minutes to central Chicago; fares: around US$40). Shared taxis are also available to the city centre (fare: US$24).

Terminal facilities


There are ATMs and bureau de change facilities within all of the airport terminals. Full-service banks can be found in Terminals 2 and 5.


Unlimited Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Public telephones are located throughout the terminals, and ‘power stations’ for electronic devices are situated at various spots in all terminals. Mail collection boxes are available in Terminals 1, 3 and 5.


There is a huge variety of restaurants, bars, fast-food outlets and cafés in the departure areas of all terminals. Terminals 1, 2 and 3 have coffee shops before security screening, while Terminal 5 has more choice, with fast-food outlets, bars and a restaurant in the public concourse.


There are numerous shops in all of the Terminals, including bookshops, sunglasses stores and confectioners. Duty-free shopping is available in each terminal.


Luggage trolleys are situated in all terminals. Lost property desks (tel: +1 773 686 2385), staffed by the Chicago Police Department, are located on the upper levels of each terminal.


Other facilities available at Chicago O’Hare International Airport include a medical centre (tel: +1 773 894 5100), yoga room, baby-change facilities, a children’s play area and a 24-hour interfaith chapel.

Airport facilities

Conference and business

There is a business centre and extensive meeting facilities at the Hilton O'Hare Airport Hotel located opposite Terminals 1, 2 and 3 (tel: +1 773 686 8000;, which also provides fax, photocopying, packing and shipping services.

Individual airlines have dedicated lounges (with meeting rooms), which can be used by business travellers with loyalty cards.

Disabled facilities

Facilities for disabled passengers include dedicated toilets, ramps and lifts, escorted wheelchair services, TTY telephones, visual paging for hearing-impaired passengers and Braille buttons in lifts. The ATS system is fully accessible, with elevators provided at each of the five stops, and other public transport services are available for disabled travellers.

Assistance within the airport can be arranged in advance from Travelers Aid Chicago (tel: +1 773 894 2427) which has information desks in all terminals.

Adapted hire cars for drivers with disabilities can be provided with two or three days' notice. Disabled car parking facilities are provided for badge holders.

Any passengers who may require additional assistance are also advised to contact their airline before travelling.

Car parking

Parking options are plentiful at Chicago O'Hare International Airport. The main lots (A, B and C) provide daily and short-term parking, while the economy lots (E and G) provide long-term stays, and the international lot (D) is specifically for those with international flights. Valet parking is also offered. General parking information is available 24 hours a day (tel: +1 773 686 7530).

Car rental

Most major car hire companies are represented at the airport, including: Ace, Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Firefly, Hertz, Payless, Thrifty and National. Desks for these operators are located on the lower level near baggage reclaim in Terminals 1, 2 and 3. Many companies at the airport run free shuttle buses to vehicle pick-up and drop-off areas.


The Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport Hotel at Terminal 2 is the only hotel on-site at Chicago O'Hare International Airport. However, numerous other accommodation options are available in the near vicinity (and further afield) and can be reached by phoning for a courtesy shuttle bus from the arrivals areas.

Four Points Hotel by Sheraton

+1 847 671 6000

Located within walking distance of Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Four Points Hotel by Sheraton offers a complimentary fitness facility, business services and on-site car parking.

10249 West Irving Park Road, Schiller Park, 60176, Chicago, United States

Holiday Inn & Suites Chicago O'Hare Rosemont

+1 847 954 8600

Holiday Inn Chicago O'Hare is located a few minutes from Chicago O'Hare International Airport and provides a complimentary shuttle service to/from the terminals. Hotel facilities include a steakhouse, business services and a fitness centre.

10233 West Higgins Road, Rosemont, 60018, Chicago, United States

Aloft Chicago O’Hare

+1 847 671 4444

Offering small but brightly decorated rooms, Aloft Chicago O’Hare is less than five minutes from the airport via a free shuttle bus, and houses a novel eat-in kitchen area and a bar.

9700 Balmoral Avenue, Rosemont, 60018, Chicago, United States

Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport Hotel

+1 773 686 8000

The Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport Hotel is located within the airport, immediately opposite the terminals. The hotel offers a range of dining options and is unrivalled in terms of travel convenience; ideal for passengers with early flights.

10000 West O'Hare Avenue, 60018, Chicago, United States

Loews Chicago O’Hare

+1 847 544 5300

A few minutes from the airport, Loews Chicago O’Hare offers well-appointed rooms and suites with three restaurants, as well as a fitness centre and a wide range of business services.

5300 North River Road, Rosemont, 60018, Chicago, United States

DoubleTree Hotel O'Hare-Rosemont

+1 847 292 9100

Boasting two restaurants, meeting space and fitness facilities, the DoubleTree Hotel O'Hare-Rosemont is a short drive from Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

5460 North River Road, Rosemont, 60018, Chicago, United States
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