Chicago O’Hare may have lost the title of the world’s busiest airport to Atlanta many years ago, but it consistently outscores its rival in terms of customer satisfaction.
Over the past decade the US’ second largest hub, which is named after a famous ace World II fighter pilot, Butch O’Hare, has regularly been voted as the ‘Best Airport in North America’ by titles such as Business Traveler Magazine and Global Traveler Magazine.
O’Hare is too small for the 80m people who use it each year and is often plagued by flight delays and cancellations at peak times. Nonetheless, O’Hare gets marked up by frequent flyers for its clean facilities, high-tech visitor information centres, world-renowned art exhibitions, and excellent facilities for travelling families. How many other airports can boast a children’s museum, for example?
The selection of shops, bars and restaurants in O’Hare’s four terminals has also greatly improved in recent years, although it has to be said the number of outlets in the international terminal (T5) is pretty limited given the airport’s size. Here are some of the highlights of this giant airport’s shopping and dining offer.
Chicago O'Hare Terminal 1
Mainly serving as a base for United Airlines flights, Terminal 1 is famous for its underground tunnel of lights and music, which connects Concourses B and C. If you are inspired by the neon lights and eerie music, you might enjoy looking around the terminal’s Hoypoloi gallery. With a definite New Age feel, Hoypoloi showcases (rather pricey) artwork from modern artists from all the US• items include wall art, clocks, jewellery, wind chimes. Just make sure you don’t knock into anything• breakages have to be paid for.
If you are searching for a last-minute gift for a sweet-toothed loved one, we recommend the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory outlet. Established in Durango, Colorado, but now trading in over 40 US states, Rocky Mountain sells a great range of handmade clusters, creams, caramels, jellies, nougats, and even ice cream and toffee apples.