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Best Places to Get Some Work Done in O’Hare Airport

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This blog was originally published in February of 2015; it has since been updated to reflect the most accurate information. 

Find the right spot at O’Hare to kick your productivity into high gear.

Being stuck in the airport is no fun, especially when you have things to do and places to go.

O’Hare Airport in Chicago is one of the busiest airports in the world. For many business travelers, O’Hare is an inevitable part of their travel agenda; unfortunately, Chicago is notorious for bad winter weather, stranding many travels at O’Hare for hours on end.

You don’t have to sacrifice your productivity due to a delay, however.

We’ve listed the best places to hunker down and get some work done at Chicago’s biggest airport. 

The Gate Outside Bubbles Wine Bar

Bubbles Wine Bar in Terminal 3 offers a great selection of alcoholic beverages if you need to unwind during your delay; they also offer a self-playing piano that puts out smooth jazz tunes throughout the day.

For a little ambiance and relaxing music during your delay, take a seat in Gate H4. You can work, enjoy the music, and pop in for a drink if you want.

Starbucks at Gate 17

Settled at the end of a concourse, this Starbucks is less crowded than the other Starbucks locations in O’Hare; it also offers more outlets if you need to charge up your devices.

Having a table, coffee available at every turn, and quiet place to work at O’Hare is possible if you head to Gate 17’s Starbucks at the right time.

Admiral’s Club in Terminal 3

Although it will cost you around $50 for one day’s use of this lounge, it might be worth it if you have a long layover or delay ahead. It offers a place to relax, recharge your devices, and get some work done.

The Admiral’s Club offers comfortable seating, complimentary beverages, snacks for purchase, newspapers, televisions, fax machines and copiers and more. You can make your own makeshift work station, and just zone out. You won’t to contend with the craziness and noise of the airport, either.

Aeroponic Garden Lounge

If you’re particularly stressed out and you need a place to unwind, grab a meal or get some work done, consider the Aeroponic Garden’s adjacent lounge, located in Concourse G in Terminal 3. 

You can enjoy food made with ingredients grown in the garden, and slough off some of the stress that comes with travel. You can even learn about the aeroponic gardening process and marvel at some of the beautiful plants inside!

Charging Stations

The fight for power is real; finding a spot in O’Hare to charge your devices is vital to being able to get any work done.

Luckily, O’Hare offers a number of power stations to help you stay connected, no matter the length of your delay. Each power station offers a seated area with counter space and AC outlets, to ensure that you can charge each of your devices easily. 

You should be aware before diving into your workload, however, that Wi-Fi at O’Hare costs $6.95 for 24-hour access. If you aren’t prepared to pay a fee for using the Wi-Fi, you’d be better off utilizing your phone as a hot-spot and pulling from the data you’ve already paid for.

We hope your next trip to O’Hare is productive and comfortable, regardless of the length of your layover or delay. Happy flying!

Photo Credit: Harsha K R

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Dale Schahczinski
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