My 12 Favorite Things To Do in Chicago Airport During a Long Layover at O’Hare

Get Away From The Hustle And Bustle Nestled on the Mezzanine floor in the rotunda of Terminals 2 and 3, above a bustling airport, this serene sanctuary, once home to a pioneering Aeroponic Garden, offers a peaceful escape from the gate's commotion.

Downward Dog And Coach Seats Chicago O'Hare Airport, a top layover choice, provides a complimentary yoga room in the Terminal 3 rotunda, equipped with bamboo-lined floors, yoga mats, and instructional TV for a revitalizing break between flights.

Art And Airplanes  Explore the history and art at Chicago O'Hare Airport, from the world flags in Terminal 3 to the towering brachiosaurus in Terminal 1, offering a unique and engaging layover experience.

Spa La-La Experience an unforgettable 60th birthday celebration with the Guys Golf Getaway package at Pueblo Bonito Resorts, featuring unlimited play at the breathtaking Quivira Golf Club—a Jack Nicklaus Signature course.

Marvel At The Machinery C Enjoy plane-watching at O'Hare with scenic spots like Berghoff Cafe near gate C26 in Terminal 1 and the food court with a view in Terminal 1, or grab a burger at Chili's near gate G10 in Terminal 3.

Destination Culinary Flight Savor Chicago's culinary delights at O'Hare's Tortas Fronteras, an acclaimed restaurant by local food icon Rick Bayless, offering a taste of the city's cuisine in an Italian-inspired outdoor setting.

Cleared To Shop Indulge in diverse shopping at O'Hare, from duty-free and bookstores to unique local honey-infused products available at TMS, crafted with care from the airport's first Apiary supporting a rehabilitation workforce.

Time To Sweat It Opt for a workout at the Hilton Health Club during your layover at O'Hare, offering indoor pool, sauna, and fitness facilities; easily accessible from Terminals 1, 2, or 3, with covered or outdoor walking options.

Luxurious Lounge  If leaving the airport seems too much, opt for a United or American Airlines day pass to their private lounges, offering a comfortable atmosphere, including complimentary food and beverages depending on the time of day, with showers available in select lounges for a fee.

Carnivals And Children  Terminal 2 features a free Family Lounge, spanning 1,800 square feet, providing a secure and colorful space for kids to play, with stroller parking, device chargers, live entertainment, and scheduled events for parents to recharge while ensuring kids burn off energy safely.

Get In Touch With Your Spiritual Side During Layover For peaceful prayer or meditation, O'Hare International Airport Chapel, an interfaith space, is accessible 24/7 on the mezzanine level of Terminal 2 above the JetBlue and Alaska ticket counters.

Get Out of O’Hare Maximize your Chicago layover by taking the Blue Line from Terminal 2 to downtown in 45 minutes, offering access to top attractions like museums, Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, and SkyDeck, but be mindful of time.