Chicago is known the world over for a handful of local food favorites such as the italian beef sandwich, the Chicago dog (no ketchup!) and, of course, the Chicago-style deep dish pizza. During your time spent at O'Hare you can experience these old-time favorites, but also much more. Local chefs and restaurants have opened concessions within O'Hare to bring you the best of what our city has to offer.
Here are a few local spots you can check out along with the well-known faves.
Explore the amazing flavors of Mexico at Tortas Frontera. Created by Chef Rick Bayless, Tortas Frontera features hand-crafted tortas, fresh-made guacamole and hand-shaken margaritas. Chef Bayless has created a menu that is certain to set a new standard for quick-service food. Tortas Frontera combines high-quality ingredients from top local providers with recipes based on the incredible fare found in Mexico.
Terminal 1, Gate B10
Terminal 3, Gate K4
Terminal 5, Gate M12
The Publican Tavern
The Publican at O'Hare is an offshoot of the popular West Loop beer-focused meatery. Their kitchen serves breakfast, lunch and dinner along with grab and go options like sandwiches and salads. An homage to oysters, pork and beer, its eclectic menu is inspired by simple farmhouse fare in a space evocative of a European beer hall.
Terminal 3, Gate K1
Wicker Park Sushi Bar
Wicker Park Sushi Bar has always been a passenger favorite. Watch the professional sushi chef make each sushi roll to order or enjoy traditional miso soup, raw bar, nigiri and rolls. Full bar service is available.
The Wicker Park Seafood & Sushi Bar is near Gate E1
Billy Goat Tavern
"Cheezburger! Cheezburger! Cheezburger! No Pepsi; Coke. No fries; cheeps." This infamous line from the Saturday Night Live skit is said to be inspired from the Billy Goat Tavern. Aside from just cheeseburgers, the menu also includes a rib-eye steak sandwich.
Terminal 1, Gate C19
Garrett Popcorn Shops
Since 1949, Garrett Popcorn Shops has delighted taste buds with their hot-air-popped signature blend of kernels, doused in their secret recipe of sweetness. Garrett's uses the highest quality of ingredients from local producers, all hand mixed in old-fashioned copper kettles. Travelers from all over the world line up to get this irresistible snacking sensation at O'Hare.
Terminal 1, Gate B8
Terminal 3, Gate H2
Old School. Since 1898, shortly after Chicago was born, "The Berghoff" arrived downtown, and soon the German beer and food purveyors followed the planes to O'Hare. With traditional German cuisine and fresh inspired culinary selections dine breakfast, lunch and dinner at Berghoff Cafe.
Terminal 1, Gate C 26
Nuts on Clark
From popcorn to nuts...Nuts on Clark has a snack for you. This family-owned Chicago favorite offers bottled beverages with their delicious gluten-free, (no-GMO) nuts and popcorn. Yummm.
Terminal 1, Gate C19
Terminal 2, Gate E4
Terminal 3, Gate H8
Terminal 5 Baggage Claim
Things to See
There are many unique and interesting things to see within our airport. If you have a layover, or just have some time to spare, check out some or all of the locations listed below.
Our Urban Garden is the first aeroponic garden at any airport in the world. Our urban garden is made of 26 towers that house over 1,100 planting spots. Ticketed airport visitors can view the garden while relaxing or enjoying a meal in the comfortable lounge area – perhaps a meal that contains vegetables and herbs grown just a few feet away.
Terminal 3, Rotunda
There are many different art exhibits within O'Hare. From local art from Chicago's youth to scultpures by known artists, there is much to see. To view a list of all the art at O'Hare, visit our Airport Art page.