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Fingers Crossed That Chicago-O'Hare's New Runway Lessens Airport Delays

October 23, 2013 at 9:08 AM | by | Comments (0)

Big news out of Chicago-O’Hare, as the rumor is that the airport will no longer face any delays. Okay—you caught us—we’re exaggerating a little bit, but there is some news out of the airport that should make things run a little bit smoother on your next trip through the area.

Late last week the airport’s new runway opened up for business, after over a billion dollars was spent to get things constructed. Initially airport officials were quick to point out the runway’s merits, as the claimed that typical delays due to the weather—it was overcast—just weren’t happening thanks to the new piece of asphalt.

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Video Interlude: This Time-Lapse Look at the Windy City Will Blow You Away

October 16, 2013 at 5:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sweet Home Chicago!

More than half of the population of Illinois calls Chicago home and with it being a world class city, millions of travelers either come to walk the Magnificent Mile or spy on the city from one of two rooftop sky-decks. Whichever category you fall into, you can't help but to be awe-inspired with this video.

Clocking in at just over 6 minutes, Windy City Nights is a beautifully shot time-lapse video that showcases everything that makes the Second City awesome. Max Wilson is the film-maker and spent about 2 years traipsing around Chicago to nab the perfect shot as the rest of the world whizzes by. Spoiler alert: his hard work paid off.

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We Asked You to Choose Our American Airlines Meal, and the Winner is...

September 6, 2013 at 10:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

About a month ago, we asked you to choose what we'd be eating on an upcoming American Airlines flight. Well, the time came for us to step aboard our silver bird and head on over to Chicago - O'Hare from LAX and we can now officially announce that the winner was the chicken.

The full description of the choose-your-own-entree on AA is quite limited, but the lemon thyme chicken with quinoa and arugula turned out to pique the most interest from you guys, so it became our pre-prder.

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Airport Parking is a Rip-Off, Sure, But At Least It Won't Cost Your Life Savings

August 26, 2013 at 9:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

We know that airport parking can get expensive. Even if you plan ahead and park in a remote lot, just a few days can make quite the negative dent in your bank account. But after hearing one traveler's total bill to pull her car out of an airport parking lot, be thankful that you only pay as much as you do.

After having her car parked in a lot at Chicago's O'Hare for three years, one Chicago resident was socked with a parking bill for $106,000. The car owner, Jennifer Fitzgerald, actually didn't park her car in the lot; it was her then O'Hare-employee boyfriend who abandoned the 1996 Chevrolet Monte Carlo in November of 2009 in an employee lot.

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How to Run on a Runway at Chicago's O'Hare Airport (and Not Get Arrested)

August 22, 2013 at 10:59 AM | by | Comments (0)

Have you ever wanted to walk on a major airport runway? Hopefully you never have to because of emergency circumstances (see an example of that here), but there is a legal (and safe) way to take a stroll on one of Chicago-O'Hare's runways, and that's by registering for the 5K/10K On The Runway.

Okay, so its not so much a stroll as it is a full-fledged race, but the highlight is without a doubt the ability to run down an actual runway and, when you've finished and caught your breath, visit a United plane for a photo op. United is one of the sponsors of the event alongside the Chicago Department of Aviation and WLS Radio, and they've brought a 747 for the photo op in the past. Fingers crossed the 787 makes an appearance this year, but it's best just to focus on finishing the race for now.

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Breeze Through Customs with New Kiosks at Chicago-O'Hare Airport

August 19, 2013 at 9:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

The customs and passport control process just got a little bit easier, as a slew of new kiosks have just arrived over in Chicago. The city’s O’Hare Airport is the first in the country to be hooked up with the new transportation technology, as the hope is that travelers will be able to make their way through the whole darn process just a little bit quicker.

We’ve mentioned these border protection beauties in the past, as the original test of these things was going on up in Vancouver. In total there’s like 32 of the new machines now awaiting US travelers as they make their way back home and into Chicagoland.

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Why One Michigan Airport is Investing in Plastic Coyotes

August 16, 2013 at 4:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

The United States is—by any standard, historical or otherwise—a staggeringly rich and sophisticated civilization. We have developed a travel industry of enormous complexity, and it keeps humming even when politicians who have no idea what they're doing try to break it. Every single day thousands of flights take off, follow their flight paths, and land. The combination of paths we plan for them are guided by incredibly sophisticated mathematical models taking into account thousands of variables.

So of course the people in charge of maintaining airports are turning to goats, sheep, llamas, and to even more low-tech animal-related solutions to help them with their jobs. We already told you yesterday about the barnyard menagerie at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport is using to mow its lawn. It sounds fake and it's low tech, but it does actually seems to work.

It turns out that other airport officials have come up with even faker-sounding solutions to problems.

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Chicago O'Hare Airport's Newest Employees are Real Asses (Literally)

August 15, 2013 at 3:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

A new coffeeshop isn't the only notable new addition to Chicago O'Hare Airport this week. Inside the terminals, passengers now happily fill up on caffeine and baked goods while, outside, four-legged animals chow down on the grasses surrounding the airport.

As promised, O'Hare has introduced natural lawn maintenance in the form of goats, donkeys, sheep and llamas. The animals, all overseen by a shepherd, have a job to keep 120 acres of airport land tidy. They've even already made themselves at home, as one goat recently gave birth to a kid. Guess what the airport named it? Yep, a baby goat named "O'Hare" now lives at O'Hare (you can see him through the grass a little, in the photo below)

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Chicago's Best Cup of Coffee is Now at the Airport

August 13, 2013 at 2:18 PM | by | Comments (3)

Chicago, you're the best.

While many airports focus on installing new wine bars or sticking as many iPads as possible in the faces of passengers trying to grab a bite, Chicago's O'Hare and Midway Airports are refining the basic offering of an airport coffee by opening serious coffeeshops backed by local roasters.

Kiss that calorie-heavy, caffeine-light caramel frappuccino with whip cream goodbye, or at least until you arrive at your destination airport. Chicago will see you off (or welcome you) with a proper fresh cup, made with beans sourced from exotic destinations and then roasted and ground right in town.

First up is O'Hare's Terminal 5, which houses Rick Bayless' airport outpost of Tortas Frontera and has just opened Kofe by Intelligentsia, a European-style stand-up coffee shop past security. In addition to Intelligentsia's regular roasts, Kofe will also feature a monthly special. Right now, according to The Moodie Report, it's a Yirgacheffe coffee "with notes of jasmine and lemongrass from southern Ethiopia." Yes, there will be souvenir mugs and coffee beans for purchase (and Black Cat espresso!).

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Choose Our In-Flight Meal on American Airlines!

August 9, 2013 at 1:35 PM | by | Comment (1)

Last year, American Airlines began offering first and business class passengers the opportunity to choose, in advance, what they want to put in their bellies while in flight, even on domestic routes. Since that trial was a success for the airline, they have rolled it out on the majority of their flights, if not all by now, that have meal service in the front of the plane.

As we've previously detailed, meals can be chosen up to 30 days in advance and no later than 24 hours before departure.

We have a flight coming up at the end of the month, when we popped online to see if everything was still kosher with our itinerary, we noticed it was time to pick between two options for our lunch flight from Los Angeles to Chicago-O'Hare.

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7 Upcoming Marathons That Take Place on Actual Airport Runways

May 6, 2013 at 3:28 PM | by | Comments (2)

We don't know about you, but the idea of running on an actual runway—while aircraft go about their usual flying business—sounds awesome. So awesome, that in fact we just finished one such 5k (on JFK's major runway) and can't wait to do it again. Thus, we did some research and discovered there are SEVEN upcoming runway runs, six in the US and one in Canada:

· Bellevue AFB 7-mile Runway Run
Where: Bellevue, Nebraska. A course through Bellevue-Offutt Air Force Base and on the runway "through a formation of Air Force planes."
Date: Sunday, May 12
Price: $30
Official site & entry form

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A New Ban at Chicago's Airports Means Saying Sayonara to Styrofoam

May 2, 2013 at 8:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

Earth Day is in the rearview mirror at this point, but that doesn’t mean we can’t think green throughout the rest of the year. That’s clearly the idea over in Chicago, as both major airports are all about the eco-friendly.

Officials have issued some new rules and guidelines for those restaurants doing business at both O'Hare and Midway airports, as they hope to reduce, reuse, and recycle. The new green concessions policy provides a little bit of encouragement in hopes that the restaurants will do a better job utilizing eco materials and sustainable ingredients.

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