Chicago O’Hare Named Global Traveler’s “Favorite Airport Dining” Experience

by Anthony Losanno
Chicago O'Hare

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Airport food often elicits thoughts of stale sandwiches and fast food. Over the past few years, this has started to change with outposts of popular, local eateries popping up at airports across the country. This has been especially evident when a new terminal opens, like New York LaGuardia (LGA). For the fourth year in a row, Global Traveler’s annual Trazee Awards named Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) as the “Favorite Airport Dining” experience.

Tortas Frontera

O’Hare has long had one of my favorite spots to grab lunch: Tortas Frontera. Rick Bayless’ hand-crafted tortas and fresh-made guacamole are delicious and worth stopping for if you’re traveling through Terminal 1 (Gate B11), Terminal 3 (Gate K4), and Terminal 5 (Gate M18).

Several Chicago restaurants are now at the airport. These include:

The Dearborn Tavern and The Hampton Social will be opening in the next few months. I love The Hampton Social and can’t wait for it to open at the airport. O’Hare has over 132 eateries throughout the terminals, which is impressive and offers choices for every taste and budget. The full list can be found here.

CDA Commissioner, Jamie Rhee, said in a statement:

All of us at the (Chicago Department of Aviation) are honored that Global Traveler and Trazee readers continue to recognize the world-class flavors of Chicago that are available at the diverse concessions locations throughout O’Hare International Airport.”

Anthony’s Take: I love that local restaurants are joining and in some cases replacing fast food and other, gross airport food venues (looking at you, Chili’s Too). Hopefully, other airports will continue to follow suit and add hometown tastes for travelers passing through.

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Sam August 2, 2023 - 3:06 pm

A bit early for the April Fools Day posts…

tda1986 August 2, 2023 - 9:08 pm

Clearly Sam has no idea what he’s talking about. Trash anything else about O’Hare, and i probably won’t argue, but Tortas Fronteras alone would be enough to win this. No other restaurant is in the conversation for best airport food in the US.

TM August 3, 2023 - 6:59 am

Grew up in Philly with frequent visits in New York. Chitown has the highest concentration of foodies, so it’s no surprise that ORD is a favorite airport for foodies. Agree that Tortas Frontera is one of the best airport eats.


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