I recently spent several hours at Chicago O’Hare between flights and had a wonderfully productive layover.
A Productive Layover Of Fitness And Lounge Hopping At Chicago O’Hare
Upon arrival, I made a beeline for the Hilton ORD Hotel, located on the airport premises. There, you can utilize a full gym for $15 if you are a Hilton Honors member or $20 if not. Considering lounge passes run more than 3x times that amount, I cannot think of a better way to spend an extended layover.
Not only is there a full selection of modern gym equipment, but there is also a swimming pool, sauna, and steam room.
I have no trouble eating healthy and exercising when I am home, but on the road I find it easy to neglect exercise and to eat far too much onboard airplanes, in lounges, and at hotels. The wonderful thing about the gym at the Hilton O’Hare is not only that I am working out, but that I am doing that instead of stuffing my face with food and drink that contaminate my body.
After two hours there, I still had a couple more hours and headed over to Terminal 5 in order to review the SAS Lounge. The Chicago O’Hare SAS lounge is one of two SAS lounges in the United States (the other being Newark – EWR). It is not generally well-regarded and is usually crowded.
While I found it to be quite crowded when I arrived, after the flight to Stockholm boarded the lounge totally emptied out.
Later on when I retuned to Terminal 1, I even had time left to visit the United Club before boarding my flight home.
I’m going to offer a separate review with more details and pictures of both the Hilton Fitness Center and the SAS Lounge. But this post is meant to encourage you that you can actually accomplish quite a bit during an extended layover in Chicago. While it is easier just to sit down in a lounge and relax, this was far more satisfying.