things to do during airport layovers

Sep 11th, 2006, 05:21 PM
Original Poster
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 1
things to do during airport layovers

I am arriving at O"Hare Saturday morning at 4:45 a.m. and continuing on to London at 9:10 a.m. (same airline, both American). Should I even consider doing anything away from the airport (I was thinking maybe breakfast at Lou Mitchell's?), or is the time too short (am I going to have a long check-in for an international flight?)

If I should stay at O'Hare, any thoughts for making this more interesting for me?

Similar situation on the way back, only it's 4 hours at JFK.

Thanks for anti-boredom tips!
coolscienceteacher is offline  
Sep 11th, 2006, 06:28 PM
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 1,336
Stay at the airport and have breakfast.
I always check-in for an international flight about 3 hours before takeoff, get through security and read in the quietest corner I can find!
highflyer is offline  
Sep 11th, 2006, 07:10 PM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 1,106
If you get in early, and if you hire a limo or taxi, you could squeeze in a 75 minute tour - downtown would be about 25 minutes away by car at that hour. I'm not recommending it, mind you, but it is possible. I certainly wouldn't spend the $60 or more just to go eat at Lou Mitchell's.

You shouldn't have a long check-in; American's international flights leave from the same terminal 3 as their domestic flights. Be aware though, that they sometimes play "musical gates" with their departing flights. Keep checking those screens!

If you stay at O'Hare, there is usually a photography exhibit between terminals 2 and 3. I don't imagine much will be open at 5 a.m.
patg is offline  
Sep 11th, 2006, 07:16 PM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 9,049
I am pretty well known for cutting it close schedule wise to do a bit of local touring between flights, but I would NOT try this at O'Hare on your schedule. Security can be an atrocious wait at times, and there's no way to predict when.
Seamus is offline  
Sep 11th, 2006, 07:18 PM
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 383
Did you know that there's a Lou Mitchell's at O'Hare? It's at the International Terminal. Just stay at the airport, there's plenty to do.
TravelTess is offline  
Sep 11th, 2006, 07:28 PM
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 1,594
Go get a manicure or chair massage, then read.
mah1980 is offline  
Sep 11th, 2006, 07:38 PM
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 4,203
I would have breakfast then do a power walk in the terminal, get a quick massage then pick out a new book.
TxTravelPro is offline  
Sep 11th, 2006, 09:12 PM
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 2,142
I have an upcoming 6 hour layover in Atlanta...I intend to go get something to eat and then I will watch a movie on my portable DVD.
lyb is offline  
Related Topics
Original Poster
Last Post
Caribbean Islands
Jan 5th, 2009 02:50 PM
Caribbean Islands
Apr 16th, 2007 04:33 AM
United States
Dec 18th, 2006 08:01 PM
United States
Aug 10th, 2005 05:16 PM
Feb 3rd, 2004 07:53 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 06:05 PM.