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Admirals Club Lounges at Chicago O’Hare International Airport [Review of All 3 Locations]

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I recently flew through Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) on my way home from a quick weekend trip. Call me crazy, but I was actually excited to have this layover because it would allow me to visit and review all 3 Admirals Clubs at Chicago O’Hare.

I didn’t have much experience with Admirals Clubs prior to this trip since I only recently got an Admirals Club membership. There weren’t any other good lounge options at the terminal I was in at ORD, which made this 2-hour layover a perfect opportunity to dive into the Admirals Clubs.

In this post, I’ll show you around all 3 Chicago O’Hare Admirals Club locations, including the benefits and drawbacks of each one and how to gain access to these lounges.

How To Get Access to Admirals Club Lounges

I could access all 3 Admirals Club lounges at Chicago O’Hare because I have the Citi®/AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard®, which comes with an Admirals Club membership.

AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard
I recently got this credit card, which comes with Admirals Club lounge access.

However, there are numerous other ways to access Admirals Club lounges without having the AAdvantage Executive World Elite card. Regardless of how you gain entry, you must be flying on a same-day (arriving or departing) American Airlines, Oneworld partner airline, or JetBlue flight (through January 31, 2024).

Here are other ways to gain entry to American Airlines Admirals Clubs:

  • Purchase an Admirals Club membership for $850 or 85,000 miles (discounts available based on American Airlines status).
  • Purchase a day pass for $79 or 79,000 miles (access via day passes may be limited during busy times).
  • Have a first or business class ticket on a qualifying international, transcontinental, or domestic flight.
  • Have American Airlines Platinum, Platinum Pro, or Executive Platinum status and be flying on a qualifying international flight.
  • Have Oneworld Emerald or Sapphire status (not earned through American Airlines).
  • Have Alaska Airlines MVP Gold, MVP Gold 75K, or MVP Gold 100K status and be flying on a qualifying international or transcontinental flight.
  • Be uniformed military personnel flying on an American Airlines flight.
Bottom Line:

There are many ways to access Admirals Club lounges. The easiest is to have the AAdvantage Executive World Elite card since it comes with a complimentary Admirals Club membership.

Chicago O’Hare (ORD) Admirals Club Locations

There are 3 American Airlines Admirals Club locations at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD). All 3 lounges are located in Terminal 3 and are a short walk from each other.

Chicago OHare Admirals Club Locations in Terminal 3
There are 3 Admirals Club lounges at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Image Credit: Chicago Department of Aviation

Terminal 3, Concourse G

  • Location: After security across from gate G8
  • Hours: Open daily from 6:15 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.

Terminal 3, Concourse H/K

  • Location: After security in the crosswalk between H6 and K6
  • Hours: Open Sunday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 5 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.

Terminal 3, Concourse L

  • Location: After security before gate L1
  • Hours: Open daily from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Hot Tip:

If you don’t have access to Admirals Clubs, there are plenty of other lounges at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD).

O’Hare Admirals Club: Concourse G

The first O’Hare Admirals Club location I visited was in Terminal 3, Concourse G, directly across from gate G8 (which, incidentally, was the gate I landed at). It’s open daily from 6:15 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.

The glass doors are covered in what looks like brown paper, making the lounge appear like it’s under construction and closed. Unless you saw people going in and out, it could be easy to take a glance and assume it wasn’t open.

Chicago OHare Admirals Club Concourse G entrance
The lounge’s doors make it look like it’s under construction.

The lounge is long and narrow, with the front entrance in the middle. Floor-to-ceiling windows with runway views provide plenty of natural light to give this lounge a bright and airy feeling.

Windows at Admirals Club ORD Concourse G
There are floor-to-ceiling windows that run the entire length of the lounge.

Seating and Amenities

The lounge had rows of seats; most had direct access to plugs and a small table space.

Seating at the OHare Admirals Club Terminal G
Rows of armchairs filled the lounge.

At the far end of the lounge was a quiet room where cell phone use was restricted. In addition to the lounge’s standard armchairs, the quiet room had some chairs with footrests against the back wall.

Ohare Admirals Club Concourse G quiet room seating
There was a quiet room in the lounge.

Outlets in the lounge were plentiful, even near the tables by the buffet.

Dining area outlets in ORD Admirals Club Concourse G
There was easy access to outlets from just about anywhere in the lounge.

The Admirals Club in Concourse G had a small business center with a computer, printer, and scanner available for use.

Admirals Club lounge at ORD business center
The business center at the Admirals Club in Concourse G.

There were monitors displaying flight information throughout the lounge, so you could easily keep track of any gate or time changes.

Flight info monitors in Admirals Club Chicago OHare Concourse G
Multiple monitors made it easy to keep track of your flight.

Additionally, there was an American Airlines customer service desk directly to the left after entering the lounge — however, it wasn’t staffed during my visit on a Sunday morning.

American Airlines customer service desk in the Admirals Club Lounge ORD Concourse G
There were 3 desks for American Airlines customer service agents inside the lounge.

Food and Beverage

The bar and dining area were opposite the quiet room. There were small tables and seating that looked out the windows.

Admirals Club at ORD Concourse G dining area
The dining area featured tables and window seating.

There was a bar next to the buffet.

OHare Admirals Club bar concourse G
The bar had a TV and complimentary drinks.

A limited selection of complimentary beer, wine, and cocktails was available. Additional selections, including alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, were available for an additional charge.

Admirals Club at Chicago ORD complimentary beverages
A small selection of complimentary beverages was available at the Admirals Club bar.

The Admirals Club breakfast buffet wasn’t gourmet, but it was decent. You may be disappointed if you’re expecting Centurion Lounge or Capital One Lounge quality. However, if you’re looking for a quick bite to eat while waiting for your flight, this lounge fits the bill.

OHare Admirals Club breakfast buffet Concourse G
There was a complimentary buffet.

There were a few hot items, including scrambled eggs (that were actually pretty tasty), bacon, and oatmeal.

Breakfast at the OHare Admirals Club Concourse G
Eggs and bacon were available on the breakfast buffet.

There was fruit, yogurt, bagels, and muffins on the buffet. A 4-slice toaster and individual containers of jelly, peanut butter, cream cheese, and butter were available.

Cold items on breakfast buffet at Admirals Club ORD Concourse G
Yogurt, fruit, bagels, and muffins were available during breakfast hours.

There were a few cold cereal choices, but interestingly, they were set up all the way down by the quiet room at the far end of the lounge.

Cold cereal at OHare Admirals Club Concourse G
There was a cold cereal station at the far end of the lounge.

I visited this lounge early in the morning, so coffee was a must. While it was a far cry from the full-service coffee bar at the Capital One Lounge in Washington Dulles Airport, this worked out just fine. In addition to regular and decaf La Colombe coffee, there was a self-serve espresso machine.

Coffee at Admirals Club ORD Concourse G
I headed to the coffee station as soon as I arrived in the lounge.
Hot Tip:

In addition to the complimentary buffet, you could order additional food items from the Admirals Club menu.

Bathroom

The bathroom was clean but otherwise unremarkable.

Admirals Club ORD bathrooms Concourse G
The bathroom in the Admirals Club.

Hand soap and lotion from D.S. & DURGA were in full containers by each sink.

DSDURGA products in Admirals Club bathroom
Hand soap and lotion from D.S. & DURGA.
Bottom Line:

The Terminal 3 Concourse G location was my favorite of the 3 Admirals Clubs at Chicago O’Hare. It was bright and modern, with plenty of space and a quiet room perfect for getting some work done.

O’Hare Admirals Club: Concourse H/K

The next lounge I visited was the Admirals Club in Terminal 3, Concourse H/K. This lounge, located between H6 and K6, is open Sunday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 5 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.

This lounge is the largest of the 3 Admirals Clubs at Chicago O’Hare, and there’s an American Airlines Flagship Lounge in the same location. The AA Flagship Lounge has different entrance requirements (flying on a qualified first or business class ticket marked “Flagship”), so don’t assume you can use that lounge if you have Admirals Club access.

American Airlines Amirals Club and Flagship Lounge at ORD
The Admirals Club in Concourse H/K is next to a Flagship Lounge.

The entrance to this lounge is much more inviting than the other 2 locations at Chicago O’Hare.

Admirals Club and Flagship Lounge entrance at ORD Concourse HK
This lounge actually looks like it’s open, unlike the other 2 locations.

After entering and checking in, you’ll take the elevators up to the Admirals Club on the third floor.

Admirals Club lounge elevator Concourse HK at Chicago OHare
You’ll need to take the elevators to the third floor for the Admirals Club.

Seating and Amenities

Like the location in Concourse G, floor-to-ceiling windows along the length of the lounge offered plenty of natural light and runway views.

Admirals Club ORD Concourse HK bar and view of runway
The lounge’s floor-to-ceiling windows overlooked the runway.

The Admirals Club in Concourse H/K is quite large, so numerous seating options exist throughout the lounge.

Admirals Club ORD Concourse HK seating area
Admirals Club in Concourse H/K.

There were many different spaces with unique types of seating, some with runway views and some near TVs.

OHare Admirals Club Concourse HK seating areas
These seats were ideal for watching TV.

Plenty of seats had direct access to outlets and table space.

ORD Admirals Club Concourse HK seating 1
Most seats had access to outlets.

Some unique seating options reminded me of what I’ve seen in some Centurion Lounges that are ideal for a bit more privacy.

Unique seat in the Admirals Club ORD Concourse HK
These seats offered a bit more privacy.

Additional amenities available at the O’Hare Admirals Club in Concourse H/K include:

Food and Beverage

Admirals Clubs include complimentary food and drinks, and additional options are available for purchase. The Admirals Club menu (the same across all 3 lounges) was accessible through QR codes placed throughout the lounge.

OHare Admirals Club Menu
The Admirals Club menu is available through QR codes.

I stuck to the free food and drinks because isn’t that the beauty of being in an airport lounge?

I arrived at the Admirals Club Concourse H/K location around 10:30 a.m., and the staff had started switching breakfast items with lunch items. I got a quick look at breakfast, nearly identical to what I saw at the Concourse G location.

One of the main differences I noticed was that this location had a Coca-Cola Freestyle machine.

Coke Freestyle Machine at the OHare Admirals Club Concourse HK
There was a Coca-Cola Freestyle machine at the Concourse H/K location.

Since the Concourse H/K lounge is the biggest of the 3 locations, it has multiple buffet areas.

There were some light snacks like fruits, veggies, cheese, and hummus.

Lunch at Admirals Club ORD Concourse HK
Items on the lunch buffet at the Admirals Club.

On the day of my visit, a Southwestern Chopped Salad was included in the buffet.

Admirals Club ORD Concourse HK salad
A lunch option at the Admirals Club.

Plus, there were hot items, including lemon-herb roasted chicken and rosemary-roasted potatoes.

Admirals Club ORD Concourse HK hot lunch
There were 2 hot items on the lunch buffet.

For travelers with a sweet tooth, there was fresh fruit, snack mixes, and desserts, including marshmallow treats, brownies, and cookies.

Desserts and snacks at Admirals Club ORD Concourse HK
Desserts and snacks were included in the lunch buffet.

There were 2 full-service bars, but just like the Concourse G location, only a few beer, wine, and spirits varieties were complimentary.

Bar at Admirals Club ORD Concourse HK
The full-service bar at the Admirals Club.

Bathroom

The modern bathroom had the same D.S. & DURGA hand soap and lotion as the Concourse G location.

Admirals Club Concourse HK at ORD bathroom
The bathroom at this location was modern.
Bottom Line:

The Admirals Club in Terminal 3, Concourse H/K, is the largest of the 3 locations at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD). It had the most amenities but also felt the most crowded.

O’Hare Admirals Club: Concourse L

The last lounge I visited on my whirlwind ORD layover was the Admirals Club in Terminal 3, Concourse L. It’s located after security before gate L1 and is open daily between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m.

Despite a giant Admirals Club sign on a post outside the lounge, I had difficulty finding this location. It’s off to the side, so it’s easy to miss if you’re following the regular traffic flow toward the gates. After you pass security, the gates are to the right, while the lounge is to the left.

Chicago OHare Admirals Club Concourse L
The Admirals Club in Concourse L is off to the side, so it’s easy to miss.

The sliding glass doors at the entrance to the lounge were covered in what looked to be brown paper, just like the Concourse G location. This made it look like the lounge was under construction and closed to visitors.

Admirals Club lounge entrance at ORD Terminal L
From the outside, the lounge looked like it was closed.

Seating and Amenities

This is the smallest of the 3 Admirals Clubs at Chicago O’Hare and was my least favorite. While it wasn’t crowded and offered a quiet place to relax, it felt old and dark.

Chicago OHare Admirals Club Concourse L seating area
The lounge felt very dated.

There were plenty of seats available, but very few outlets.

Chicago OHare Admirals Club Concourse L seats with no outlets
There weren’t many outlets available.

The lounge had an industrial feel, but not in a way that felt intentional. It felt like the lounge was an afterthought in an unfinished corner of the airport.

Chicago OHare Admirals Club Concourse L industrial look
The industrial look felt unintentional.

The lounge had large windows, but instead of the runway views offered by the other 2 locations, this Admirals Club looked out onto the highway.

Chicago OHare Admirals Club Concourse L highway views
The lounge looked out onto the freeway offramp.

The front section of seating, right behind the entrance, had covered windows, so there was no view.

Chicago OHare Admirals Club Concourse L more seating
The front section of the lounge had no views.

The bathroom had a similar feel to the rest of the lounge: dark and dated but functional.

Chicago OHare Admirals Club Concourse L bathroom
The bathroom was unremarkable.

Food and Beverage

The food options at the Admirals Club in Concourse L were very similar to those offered at the other 2 locations, just on a smaller scale.

Lunch buffet at Chicago OHare Admirals Club Concourse L
The complimentary food options were similar to other O’Hare Admirals Club locations.

There was a small selection of salad items along with fresh fruit.

Chicago OHare Admirals Club Concourse L salad
Fruit and salad were available on the lunch buffet.

There were 2 hot entrées: meatballs and a vegan sweet potato dish.

Chicago OHare Admirals Club Concourse L lunch options
Hot items included sweet chili meatballs and a dish of stir-fried snap peas and roasted sweet potatoes.

There were also 2 different soups available: minestrone and chicken.

Chicago OHare Admirals Club Concourse L soup

Desserts and snacks were similar to what I saw in the other lounges: cookies, brownie bites, marshmallow treats, and snack mixes.

Chicago OHare Admirals Club Concourse L dessesrts and snacks
There were desserts and snacks on the lunch buffet.

There was a bar at the far side of the lounge. Even though the views were of the highway, this side of the lounge was much brighter than the rest of the space, so it wouldn’t be a bad place to grab a quick drink before your flight.

Chicago OHare Admirals Club Concourse L bar
The bar area had high ceilings and large windows.
Bottom Line:

My least favorite Chicago Admirals Club was the Terminal 3 Concourse L location. It was the smallest of the 3 lounges and felt dated. Not to mention, it had freeway views instead of runway views. On the plus side, only a handful of people were in the lounge so that you could claim your own space.

Final Thoughts

There are 3 Admirals Club lounge locations at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, and on a recent layover, I visited them all. While each one felt different, they offered the same food and beverage options.

The lounge in Concourse H/K was the largest and offered the most amenities, while the smallest location was in Concourse L. The Concourse G location was my favorite, offering plenty of food and seating while not being too big.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many Admirals Clubs are in Chicago?

There are 3 Admirals Clubs at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. All 3 are located in Terminal 3.

Which Admirals Club is best at ORD?

The best Admirals Club at ORD (Chicago O’Hare), in my opinion, is the one in Terminal 3, Concourse G. It offers lots of space, a quiet area, excellent runway views, and doesn’t feel too crowded. The Terminal 3, Concourse H/K location is the biggest Admirals Club lounge at ORD and has the most amenities, but it can feel crowded and overwhelming.

What is the difference between the Flagship Lounge and the Admirals Club?

American Airlines Flagship Lounges are more premium than Admirals Clubs. To access a Flagship Lounge, you must fly in first or business class on a qualifying flight.

Does Chicago have an Admirals Club?

Yes, there are 3 Admirals Club locations at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD).

What is the largest Admrials Club at ORD?

The largest Admirals Club at Chicago O’Hare is the Terminal 3, Concourse H/K location.

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Katie has been in the points and miles game since 2015 and started her own blog in 2016. She’s been freelance writing since then and her work has been featured in publications like Travel + Leisure, Forbes Advisor, and Fortune Recommends.

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