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FLY CHICAGO: 8 Interesting Facts About O'Hare International Airport

By Travel Savvy

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 days 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 8 fun facts about Cook County's O'Hare International Airport.  

People walking through Chicago O'Hare International airport 1

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It's been in the Top 10 for busiest airports.

According to Business Insider, Chicago O'Hare International Airport is currently the sixth busiest airport in the world. Over 77.9 million individuals travel through this hub annually. And, after spending many a layover in O'Hare, Travel Savvy editors believe it! 

Kids On The Fly Exhibit 2

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100% Kid-Friendly

Fun-sized 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, be sure to check out this excellent list outlining child travel safety by Air Safe.

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From Orchard to O'Hare

Chicago O'Hare Airport was originally known as "Orchard Field Airport," but was renamed in 1949 to honor naval pilot Edward "Butch" O'Hare. Take a peek around, and see if you see any old "orchard" signs still hanging up!

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World-Class Cuisine

O'Hare's dining options are diverse. Celebrity Chefs 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. 

Plane at Chicago O'Hare International Airport 5

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Size Matters

With over 37 different airlines, 60 international and 150 domestic destinations, and 180 gates, this airport is HUGE!

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Chocoholics Welcome

Good news for Chocoholics! O'Hare has two of Chicago's famous Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factories, located in Terminals 1 and 3. With sweet treats such as homemade fudge and chocolate covered strawberries, you'll certaintly satisfy your sweet tooth! 

Yoga Room 7

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Yogis Welcome Too!

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!

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Friendly Competition

Along with O'Hare International, Chicago has 2 other main airports which service the city and its surrounding areas: Chicago Midway and Chicago Gary Airport


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