Some of the busiest travel days of the year are here, Chicago, and our city's two airports will play a prominent role as people fly in and out of the city to visit relatives for Thanksgiving. Chicagoans who fly often enough have learned to love their airport, whether its O'Hare or Midway. Which is better? We've compiled 10 reasons why O'Hare is better than Midway, and vice versa.
Here now, 10 reasons O'Hare is better than Midway. (See why Midway is better than O'Hare here.)
>> Even though everyone and their mother (even my own) always seem to have terrible experiences with delays and what not at this airport, my two experiences have been top-notch. The first included landing before the scheduled time in NYC during the terrible snowstorm of February (while all of my cross-country friends got stuck with delays). The other time, security took 10 minutes to get through. 10 MINUTES. It was like winning the lottery.—Aly Morris
>> Blue line > Orange line. Recipe for an easy trip to the airport: Grab a Glazed & Infused doughnut at the Damen stop (or a croissant from La Boulangerie at the Logan Square stop), shove that pastry in your luggage, devour on the 45-ish minute ride to O’Hare.—Kate Bernot
>> People-Watching at the International Terminal. Oh, look at that foxy foreigner in the scarf--so self-assured! And that accent! O’Hare’s busy international terminal is where I imagine all the most glamorous Craigslist Missed Connections are born.—Kate Bernot
>> Tortas. Effing. Frontera. As someone with moderate flight anxiety, I need to shout a big “HALLELUJAH” for Rick Bayless’s Frontera outpost. Those margaritas and tortas have lulled me into many a peaceful preflight food coma.—Kate Bernot
>> Space posters! Walk from the CTA to the ticketing area, and you’ll have to pass some actually awesome posters of space scenes. I don’t know why they’re there or what they mean, but the nerd in me thinks they rule.—Kate Bernot
>> Monorail. Is it because I love “The Simpsons” so much that I actually enjoy riding the monorail between terminals? Yep, probably.—Kate Bernot
>> Luggage Efficiency. I have never once had my bags arrive at a normal time at Midway. Never. Once, the baggage system shut down because of high winds ... five minutes after my flight had landed.—Kate Bernot
>> Burros and llamas and goats, oh my. O’Hare uses burros, llamas, goats and sheep to control some of the hard-to-reach landscape on its land. How cool is that?--Brian Moore
>> You can take a shuttle from O’Hare to the nearby Fashion Outlets of Chicago in Rosemont. Outlet mall shopping makes every airport trip better.—Lisa Arnett
>> The neon-lit tunnel that connects concourses B and C in Terminal 1 is a trip that makes an otherwise dull walk memorable--and relaxing.—Jim Walsh
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