Surviving a Layover…O’Hare anyone?

If you travel regularly, it’s almost inevitable that you’ll end up with a layover at O’Hare. It is the third busiest airport in the U.S. behind Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

In 2013 66,909,638 travelers flew into/out of O’Hare, with 88,3287 flights in and out.  O’Hare is a major hub of United and American Airlines, and is famous for delays, canceled flights, and long layovers. I avoid sending co-workers and consultants through there whenever possible.  I’ve spent countless hours there, wandering around trying to keep myself from going stir crazy.

One of my favorite travel blogs, New York Times Frugal Traveler had a great write up ”How I Spent 4 Hours at O’Hare” about how he spent his four hours layover at O’Hare for under $25. Just because you aren’t actually going into the city you’re passing through doesn’t mean you can’t get a taste of what the city is all about. Why not turn the layover into an enjoyable part of your trip, rather than just an inconvenient obstacle? Loaded with these ideas, I am looking forward to checking out some of his finds on my layover at O’Hare in November.

Happy Layovers!

Contributed by: Katie Stewart| Consultant Services Coordinator