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If your travels have brought you through Chicago O'Hare's International Terminal, then you may have noticed that it's hardly the nicest place to spend some pre-flight time. Alas, that was then and this is now, because as of last week, passengers are now being welcomed into a totally refreshed Terminal 5, featuring Chicago hometown brands and international boutiques.
The project totaled $26 million and two years of overhauling, but the terminal now boasts a wider variety of airside activities. Chicago restaurant masters, Lettuce Entertain You, have opened several of their mainstay eateries (Big Bowl, Wow Bao, Urban Olive, Hub51 and R.J. Grunts) and, if you need a pick-me-up, there's Intelligentsia Coffee for delicious brews and Wicker Park deli, The Goddess and Grocer for nibbles. No drama if you've got your heart set on Frontera Grill's tortas, since Rick Bayless has this terminal covered as well.
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If you thought airport terminals were just for killing time until your flight boards, well, you're right. Except at the new Tom Bradley International Temrinal at Los Angeles International Airport, you'll have a lot more to do while you wait. You'll also have a lot more to eat and to buy, thanks to the glut of new retail and dining options--totaling 150,000-sq.ft.--that will be in place when the terminal officially opens its "Great Hall" later this year.
The new terminal, which was done in a partnership with the luxury travel retailer, The DFS Group (DFS), and Westfield, developer of shopping malls and centers around the world, will finally bring LAX on par with other international airports around the world like Heathrow and JFK. And it will give you a chance to indulge yourself before and after your long trip.
Here's what to expect from the dining side of things. All in all there will be 31 new restaurants from luxury dining to healthy fare and the usual grab-and-go. These restaurants in particular caught our tongue, er, eye.
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With airports these days resembling malls filled with clothing stores, gadget shops and restaurants-fine, casual and fast, it was inevitable that we would do a little shopping while we wait to board our flight. In our newest series, we take a look at some of the airport swag Jaunted contributors have found and loved, even years later. Today, Jaunted's Editor Cynthia shares her cherished purchase.
I'm actually quite embarrassed to admit that my "best thing bought in an airport" was done purely with the thought of saving my own butt. Before I had ever flown to Asia, and indeed before I'd flown anything longer than the 7 or 8-hour hop to Europe, I purchased a Cocoon Travel Pillow stuffed with goose down feathers.
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We’ve got one more reason to skip Sbarro on your next layover, and that’s so you’ll be able to fit into all the itty bitty things that Victoria’s Secret has to offer. The purveyors of fine undies and other sexy little things are making the move from catalog and mall to the airport, and it’s not just domestic airports either; they’re going global.
Over in Amsterdam, the secret was out this summer, as the store opened up its very first location inside the city’s Schiphol Airport. Of course there will be plenty of under things, but don’t forget those lotions, perfumes, and other beauty goods. This newest location is in addition to a few other options that have been around for a couple years in spots like Brazil, Argentina and Dubai.
Miami International Airport--particularly the D Terminal--continues to spruce itself up, first with respectable places to eat and drink, and now with a brand new sundries shop.
OK, so it's not exactly haute couture, but if you want labels, MIA has those too: There's a Coach, Thomas Pink and even an Emporio Armani also right there in AA's D gates area.
Fashion cred aside, we were stoked to welcome Air Essentials to MIA. We're used to seeing shops like this--a pharmacy without the Rx drugs, basically--in European and Australian airports, and wish more U.S. cities would follow suit and get themselves one, too. If not Air Essentials, even a good ol' CVS or Walgreens would do.
Tis the season for panicked, last-minute holiday gift shopping, and since so many of us will be stuck with extra time in airports, it's natural to be letting your eyes wander over the duty-free offerings and more at airport stores. We admit to having stocked up on gourmet chocolates and small bottles of Johnny Walker for the harder to buy for on our list, but is that so bad?
So, we want to know: Have you shopped for gifts at airport stores?
It's so temptingall those perfectly packaged luxury items, and oftentimes there are products you can't find outside of the airport. But this goes for the cheap things too; little plastic airplanes and tin cracker boxes with photos of landmarks on them. How about an 'I Love NY' deck of cards or the city's Monopoly game?
If you do shop airport stores, what have you bought and if they were gifts, did the giftee mind that it was from an airport shop? Share and share alike in the comments!
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