If you visit Chicago for work or pleasure, or you’ve just got to escape the Windy City for a bit, you’ll most likely have to pass through the Chicago O’Hare International Airport. The bad news is, O’Hare is notorious for delays. But the good news is there are a few key places to go to in each terminal to drink away the wasted time, and maybe even get in one last deep dish pizza and Chicago-style hot dog.
Here are the best places to have a drink in each terminal of the Chicago O’Hare airport.
Beaudevin Wine Bar: Don’t let a lack of tables fool you; this is a serious wine bar (and not just for an airport). Beaudevin opened in 2012 and has more than 20 wines available by the glass, in addition to a list of small plates, sandwiches, and salads.
Billy Goat Tavern and Grill: You’re not going to get a unique drink here — think macro lager. But this place is perfect for what it’s good at: breakfast, hot dogs, burgers, and ice-cold beers.
Galileo’s Bar & Grill: Tiny but necessary. It has Chicago dogs and a full liquor bar.
Jazz Bar: Welcome to a full bar at airport prices. If you want it done right, though, this is the place to go for beer, wine, and cocktails.
Berghoff Cafe: German-style draft beer from the Berghoff taps and Chicago hot dogs.
Skybridge Bar & Grill: A hidden gem in the mountain of O’Hare. This Greek restaurant has classic Greek food and a full bar.
Stanley’s Blackhawk Kitchen & Tap: This sports bar is focused on what every good sports bar should be focused on: Bar food and beer.
Wicker Park Sushi Bar: Enjoy some sake and shochu with your sushi, and you might just forget that you’re nowhere near the ocean.
Bubbles Wine Bar: Come for a touch of class at this wine bar. If you hadn’t guessed by the name, sparkling wine is on the menu as well as still wine and beer.
Chicago Cubs Bar & Grill: The Cubs will never be the same after 2016. What will be the same is the full bar and easy meals served up at this bar and grill.
Facades Bar: No frills bar with TVs, beer, wine, and cocktails.
O’Brien’s Restaurant and Bar: Pub food and beer on tap.
Prairie Tap: A full bar squeezed into a small location.
Publican Tavern: Recently opened with 10 draft beers and more in bottle and can with a local flair. It also has an intense food menu if you’ve got more time to kill than you would like.
ICE Bar: There aren’t many theme bars in airports, especially not O’Hare. ICE is the exception. There are 25 vodkas on the menu, as well as bubbly, wine, and classic spirits.
Hub 51: There aren’t many options if you’re stuck in Terminal 5, but Hub 51 is there to save the day. Local beers, decent wine, and a full cocktail bar.