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Old July 5th, 2011, 07:45 AM   #41
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That I agree, although in all fairness most US airports were built in a time which doesn't really reflect the current idea of pleasant or secure air travel. But upgrading seems to be a dirty word in airport-land. Especially compared to some of the new airports in Asia or the Middle East, American ones are functional at best. At least O'Hare has a direct train connection the Loop. At both Newark and New York La Guardia you're at the mercy of the taxi drivers, so you find yourself being happy to have found a $150 flight only to pay 2 x $60 (plus toll) for the cab ride into town. Why no one ever bothered to properly connect these airports with Manhattan is a complete mystery to me.
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Old July 5th, 2011, 08:02 AM   #42
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That I agree, although in all fairness most US airports were built in a time which doesn't really reflect the current idea of pleasant or secure air travel. But upgrading seems to be a dirty word in airport-land. Especially compared to some of the new airports in Asia or the Middle East, American ones are functional at best. At least O'Hare has a direct train connection the Loop. At both Newark and New York La Guardia you're at the mercy of the taxi drivers, so you find yourself being happy to have found a $150 flight only to pay 2 x $60 (plus toll) for the cab ride into town. Why no one ever bothered to properly connect these airports with Manhattan is a complete mystery to me.
I agree US airports leave alot to be desired overall although the major European hubs are just as bad in my experience (other than the extensive rail links to the city center).

Also on a side note Newark actually has a rail connection to Manhattan via the Newark Airtrain and New Jersey Transit commuter trains which take you directly into Penn Station.

http://www.njtransit.com/rg/rg_servl...tConnectionsTo
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Old July 5th, 2011, 08:07 AM   #43
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Also on a side note Newark actually has a rail connection to Manhattan via the Newark Airtrain and New Jersey Transit commuter trains which take you directly into Penn Station.
I know. That's why I wrote properly.
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Old July 6th, 2011, 06:05 AM   #44
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I know. That's why I wrote properly.
What's so improper about it?

Honestly aside from the fact that I had to transfer once, the time it took me to get from EWR to Manhattan is less than the time it took to get me from ORD to the Loop.
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Old July 6th, 2011, 12:07 PM   #45
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Some more photos of the hometown airport.......

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American Terminal 3


Terminal 5






Termimnal 2


The Hilton O'hare...right across from the terminals






O'Hare CTA Blue Line Train
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Old July 6th, 2011, 10:01 PM   #46
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Foreign Carriers serving Chicago O' Hare as of 2011.















































Where is KL?
Daily 747-400 KL611 AMS-ORD and KL612 ORD-AMS

Not that i'm proud of my national carrier but they should be added.
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Old July 13th, 2011, 01:01 AM   #47
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Where is KL?
Daily 747-400 KL611 AMS-ORD and KL612 ORD-AMS

Not that i'm proud of my national carrier but they should be added.
Thanks for pointing that out.

I guess I forgot to include that airline in with the others.

Anyways I already updated/fixed that list.

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Old July 13th, 2011, 01:12 AM   #48
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Various scenes around O' Hare.

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JetBlue O'Hare Airport 029 by Michael Kappel's

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JetBlue O'Hare Airport 017 by Michael Kappel's

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Old July 14th, 2011, 05:51 AM   #49
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Old July 17th, 2011, 07:49 AM   #50
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love this airport ... hope i can visit it once .. soonnnn
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Old July 18th, 2011, 05:11 AM   #51
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Old July 18th, 2011, 04:08 PM   #52
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Some good landings and plane spotting




Plane spotting at O'Hare (includes 747, 777,and a330)


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Old July 20th, 2011, 05:28 AM   #53
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Glad to see a thread like this has and is gaining in popularity momentum.

I'm a Chicago Native, and frequently use O'Hare Airport.

It has a great runway layout and uses the allotted space (which it has plenty of) well, however, one of the things I think is true with O'Hare is evident throughout many prime examples of U.S. Aviation . It's decentralized layout.

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Here is my top 5 reasons why I really don't like O'Hare:

5. Having to pay for wifi and chronic lack of power sockets
4. Your culinary options: McDonalds, Pizza Hut or that news stand which also sells M&M's.
3. Unkind ground staff, passport control always giving me hassle because of the Arab, Chinese and Russian visa's
2. Waiting lines up to an hour for safety inspections and passport control.
1. Signage. The town's drunk must have been in charge of this one. Expect to be routed through parking garages on your way to the metro, or direction signs which just mysteriously disappear.


Some of the older U.S. aviation mega hubs suffer from decentralized construction plans. O'Hare, JFK and LAX, and London Heathrow are Prime examples, where during the Jet Age, Airlines were by themselves, to construct terminals. Terminal footprints were constructed, and due to high traffic and demand they were left to themselves to renovate spaces and modernize buildings, unlike other, more centrally planned aviation hubs in the U.S., today, those facilities suffer from different building footprints, temporary walkways and connections, and horrid signage.

The Unique thing about O'hare's construction and layout is that unlike JFK, LAX, Kingsford Smith, or Heathrow, the terminals at O'Hare are Centrally planned (At least by way of footprint, with the domestic terminals forming a half hexagon with alternating Y and I pier designs) However inside, the facilities differ by various alterations and airline renovations. (With the exception of United's B and C concourses in terminal 1, modified from the original plan)

One of the things I like about Atlanta's Airport, or Denver, and something I think many people like about the brilliant airports in Asia is their central terminal layout. In many cases the entire building goes from drawing board to construction, so spaces can be light, airy and spacious, like Hong Kong, Dubai, or Singapore.

Given current aviation trends, the transition from multiple independent terminal buildings to a solid structure system is difficult, as Heathrow's terminal 2 construction clearly demonstrates.

One thing O'Hare will have to do is post better signage at the airport, especially with the higher traffic volumes made possible by the new runway layout. but that's just my $ 00.02

I don't know if anybody posted this already, but O'hare is really open about its modernization plan and has pdf's of the plans here...

http://www.ohare.com/MasterPlan/
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Old July 21st, 2011, 08:00 AM   #54
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I figured I should include Midway Airport into this thread as well since Chicago Midway is also one of the busiest airports in the US and a the largest focus city for Southwest Airlines and hosts other Low Cost Carriers such as Air Tran as well. This airport mostly handles domestic traffic with a few exceptions noted below. This airport is also much closer in than O' Hare and the airport actually pre-dates O' Hare (which opened to passenger traffic in the 1960's) since it opened in 1923. Aside from Southwest Airlines other US Airlines serving this airport include Air Tran, Delta, and Frontier.







Foreign Airlines serving Chicago Midway (MDW) as of 2011:







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Old July 21st, 2011, 08:12 AM   #55
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Some more photos of Chicago Midway.

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Midway Airport by rbglasson

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Chicago Midway by yuan 2003

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Welcome to Chicago Midway International Airport by wallyg's

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December at Midway by alykat

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Bike Parking at Chicago's Midway Airport by Chasqui (Luis Tamayo)'s

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Midway Airport by zol87
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Old July 22nd, 2011, 12:13 PM   #57
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Here is my top 5 reasons why I really don't like O'Hare:
3. Unkind ground staff, passport control always giving me hassle because of the Arab, Chinese and Russian visa's
2. Waiting lines up to an hour for safety inspections and passport control.
Is it really the case? So far I was avoiding flying to airports like JFK or ORD precisely to avoid such problems.
But I might be flying to ORD in September. Do they give a lot of hassle to non American visitors? Let say comparing to MSP, DFW or BOS? Are lines really long?
I've been many times to the US but I'm always slightly paranoid that immigration will turn me back

There was news few days ago in one of the Polish newspapers about two girls turned back from Newark. Border officials didn't let them call anyone, accused them of going to work illegally, send them to some immigration facilities where they had to strip naked and all the time refused to inform Polish consulate claiming that girls were not technically inside USA.


I hope they are a bit more sensitive in ORD
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Old July 22nd, 2011, 11:30 PM   #58
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Is it really the case? So far I was avoiding flying to airports like JFK or ORD precisely to avoid such problems.
But I might be flying to ORD in September. Do they give a lot of hassle to non American visitors? Let say comparing to MSP, DFW or BOS? Are lines really long?
I've been many times to the US but I'm always slightly paranoid that immigration will turn me back

There was news few days ago in one of the Polish newspapers about two girls turned back from Newark. Border officials didn't let them call anyone, accused them of going to work illegally, send them to some immigration facilities where they had to strip naked and all the time refused to inform Polish consulate claiming that girls were not technically inside USA.


I hope they are a bit more sensitive in ORD
If you look like you are just visiting, I don't think US Customs would care. If you look like you are here to work (such as carrying around a resume, or having a few business cards on your person) then you would seem suspicious. Just answer their questions in a straightforward manner and I would not foresee any problems.

Anyways in my experience changing flights at ORD the lines at customs can be pretty long but they also move pretty quick.

Enjoy your visit.
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Old July 23rd, 2011, 11:10 PM   #59
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Well, I don't agree. Having US so called "green card" and flying quite often to London and back to visit relatives and to have same fun there I was questioned in a very rude manner what's for me in London, why I fly there so often etc. And in a winter time my Mom visiting me had to wait in a passport control line for two an a half hours! Not to mention the unnaceptable food-court area, too small for such a big airport and almost non-existing on arrivals level.

I don't recommend flying to ORD on international flight.
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Old July 26th, 2011, 07:49 AM   #60
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So you have had one bad experience? Okay

Anyways lets just keep this thread orientated on new developments at O' Hare and Midway. If you have a complaint about the airport just create a new thread somewhere.
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