Things to Do to Pass the Time While Stranded at Chicago O’Hare Airport
Chicago’s O’Hare Airport is one of the busiest major US hubs when traveling by air. Thousands of travelers connect through this central hub and unfortunately, thousands of travelers also get stranded at O’Hare airport due to inclement weather and a bevy of other transportation delays. Traveling can be stressful and exhausting but if you find yourself at O’Hare airport take advantage of conveniences like the Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport or the Blue Line to downtown Chicago.
Here are some ways to take the edge off of flight cancellations and long layovers in Chicago:
Just a few hours?
If you are stranded at O’Hare and need a comfortable, convenient place to stay, we’ve got you covered! The Hilton Chicago O’Hare is the only hotel that is connected to the O’Hare airport. You don’t even need to go outside to find this Chicago O’Hare airport hotel located in Terminal 2. If you don’t require an overnight stay, take advantage of the $20 (+ tax) Day Pass which gives you access to the gym and pool facilities.
Have a little time to pass?
O’Hare airport is close to many restaurants, shops and malls easily accessible by taxi, shuttle, bus or train. The most convenient way to travel is to take the Blue Line.
At the Rosemont stop travelers can access via shuttle, the Fashion Outlets of Chicago, home to over 100 stores. From this stop, you can also walk 5 minutes to Giordano’s (multiple locations throughout Chicago also) and grab some Deep Dish Pizza. Rivers Casino is also accessible by the Blue Line Rosemont stop and a shuttle.
Downtown Chicago and other popular neighborhoods are also accessible by the Blue Line. Downtown is home to the theater district, great shopping on Michigan Avenue and great dining.
Make a pit stop at Portillo’s for a tasty Italian Beef or a Chicago hot dog. If you’re on Michigan Avenue, the Purple Pig is great for a glass of wine and some small plates or if you have a lot of time to pass check out Howell’s & Hood, where there are 114 beers on tap.
Explore local neighborhoods which are also accessible by Blue Line such as Wicker Park and Logan Square where travelers can shop and eat local. In Wicker Park, travelers will find an abundance of shops & dining. Check out Big Star Tacos — the Taco de Panza (pork belly) is to die for and they always have great vegetarian menu options. Get off at the Logan Square stop and grab a bite at Longman & Eagle or grab a drink at Lost Lake, a tiki-bar concept with drinks that will surely help pass the time!