O'Hare International Airport provides connections to more cities, more often than any other airport in the world. On the outskirts of the city and connected to Chicago city limits by a thin strip of land, over 190,000 people travel through O'Hare every day, and the airport was voted "Best Airport in North America" by Business Traveler International for seven years in a row.
It serves as the primary and largest hub for United Airlines and as a hub for American Airlines. In 2008, the airport had 881,566 aircraft operations, 2,409 per day. O'Hare is the fourth busiest airport in the world with 64,397,782 passengers passing through the airport in 2009. O'Hare is the fourth busiest international gateway in the United States with only John F. Kennedy (JFK) in New York City, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Miami Airport serving more international passengers.
CTA Blue Line station from O'Hare to Chicago Downtown. The fare is $2.25 one way. The minimum credit card charge is $5. There are stairs ahead that lead to the train platform. The ride is noisy but convenient. It takes about 45-50 minutes from the airport to downtown.
This long corridor with a mural leads to the CTA Blue Line metro station.
A map of O'Hare terminals. Terminal 5 is for international departures and probably has the most power outlets if you want to plug in a laptop before checking in and entering the secure area for boarding. This map is across from the CTA Blue Line station.
This overpass bridge leads to the train platform for transferring between the terminals. The platform for the train between the terminals (right).
On board the train to terminal 5. This is the navigation tower.
On board the train to terminal 5. This is the navigation tower. Hotel Hilton is on the right of the picture - located centrally in the "heart" of the airport.
A sunset at Chicago O'Hare Airport seen from the train to terminal 5.
The new Auntie Anne's pretzels marketing slogan: "I Snack, Therefore I Am." How times have changed. Image source: own work, Chicago O'Hare Airport, 2010.
Although O'Hare is Chicago's primary airport, Chicago Midway Airport, the city's second airport, is about 10 miles (16 km) closer to the Loop, the main business and financial district.
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