One of the world’s busiest airports is Chicago’s O’Hare International, aka ORD. With so many people relying on this major international hub for transport across the globe, it’s no wonder that the services offered at O’Hare are designed to make even the worst travel day enjoyable. Endless corridors of restaurants, shops, bars and even a yoga oasis are all seamlessly blended into each of the five terminals.
Check out this list for 10 fun facts about Cook County’s O’Hare International Airport.
1.Chicago O’Hare International Airport is currently the eighth busiest airport (2015) in the world. Over 16 million individuals travel through this hub annually.
2. Smaller air travelers should head to Terminal 2 for the interactive “Kids on the Fly” exhibit. Children will love the play area as they explore an airplane, control tower and helicopter model. Before you head off with Junior in tow, check out this excellent list of child travel safety tips by Air Safe.
3. Chicago O’Hare airport was originally known as Orchard field but was renamed in 1949 to honor naval pilot Edward “Butch” O’Hare.
4.O’Hare’s dining options are diverse. Celebrity Chef Rick Bayless and Wolfgang Puck have eateries in several terminals, or for an extra-long layover pop into the high-end Wicker Park Sushi in Terminal 2. Need an excellent glass of vino to tide you over til takeoff? Beaudevin in Terminal 1 is an oasis of calm before boarding.
5. There are 37 different airlines that travel to more than 60 international and over 150 domestic destinations via the staggering 188 gates.
6.Trying to find comfort and relaxation while awaiting your flight? If you are an economy class traveller you can enter the American Admirals Club by purchasing a $50 day pass. In this lounge you will be provided with complimentary house wine and beer, television, WIFI, and work stations.
8. Good news for Chocoholics-O’Hare has two of Chicago’s famous Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factories, located in terminal 1 and 3. With sweet treats such as homemade fudge and chocolate covered strawberries, you’ll certainly satisfy your sweet tooth!
9.O’Hare offers multiple services to help you de-stress and relax. In Terminal 3, find zen in the yoga room. If you want more pampering, Terminal 5’s Xpress Spa offers nail care, skin care, and massages!