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Lounge Review: ORD – Delta SkyClub

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Introduction

I’m a sucker for taking early morning flights, as it turns out. I hate waking up for them, but they are terribly convenient (since I have the whole day to spend at my destination). Another bonus – airport security is usually a breeze to get through!

I had booked a fairly last minute flight to Chicago for a weekend with family (and Brian), so naturally, my options were limited when it came to flight availability. Alas, I was stuck with a morning flight, departing Chicago O’Hare (ORD) at 6am.

 

The Lounge

When you have a 6am flight, you probably should get to the airport no later than 5am. Since i wanted to stop by the lounge, we were at the airport at 4:40, and through security by 4:50 (I thought it would take more time).

The Delta Sky Club lounge doesn’t open until 5, and 10 minutes before opening a small crowd of about 10 people had formed by the door (impressive!). As the clock struck 5, a line formed and not long after, the door opened and people hustled their way inside.

Delta Sky Club Lounge Chicago O'Hare Entrance

Entrance to the lounge

We were greeted at the front desk by the agents who cheerily checked us in (at least someone’s had their morning coffee) and we made our way inside.  As we walked in through a hallway, we passed a small nook with chairs and mounted wall clocks with the time around the world (I love these for some reason). Next to this was an unattended luggage check area.

Delta Sky Club Lounge Chicago O'Hare

The hallway opened up to the first area of seating, which included some red lounge chairs similar to those in the SFO lounge.

Delta Sky Club Lounge Chicago O'Hare

As we walked further down, we came across the main room. The seating was primarily similar between the two sections – lots of comfortable chairs everywhere. On one side of the room, there was a nice fireplace, which was highly apt given the freezing Chicago weather.

Delta Sky Club Lounge Chicago O'Hare

By the windows were chairs with tables, where Brian and I holed up so we could relax over some coffee before boarding.

Delta Sky Club Lounge Chicago O'Hare

As I’d mentioned, the buffet area was right by where we sat, and offered a pretty standard basic offering of coffee, tea, cereal, fruit, and oatmeal.

Delta Sky Club Lounge Chicago O'Hare

Chicago O’Hare Delta Sky Club buffet

Delta Sky Club Lounge Chicago O'Hare

Chicago O’Hare Delta Sky Club buffet

By the buffet area was some bar tables and stools.

Delta Sky Club Lounge Chicago O'Hare

A small wall divided the buffet area from the other half of the main room, and on the other side of it was more seating.

Delta Sky Club Lounge Chicago O'Hare

After looking for the bathroom, I found there was another section to the club.

Delta Sky Club Lounge Chicago O'Hare

 Now – I thought that the food selection in the other area was lacking, but then again, ORD isn’t a main hub for Delta, so I wasn’t expecting too much. Well, apparently they left the rest of the food in this section since I found bagels and alcohol in this area!

Delta Sky Club Lounge Chicago O'Hare

Chicago O’Hare Delta Sky Club breakfast buffet – carbs and beer

Delta Sky Club Lounge Chicago O'Hare

Chicago O’Hare Delta Sky Club breakfast buffet – bagels, pastries, and bread

Delta Sky Club Lounge Chicago O'Hare

Chicago O’Hare Delta Sky Club – Miller Lite and Goose Island 312 on tap

Delta Sky Club Lounge Chicago O'Hare

Chicago O’Hare Delta Sky Club breakfast buffet

Delta Sky Club Lounge Chicago O'Hare

Chicago O’Hare Delta Sky Club breakfast buffet – fruit, yogurt, and cream cheese

On the other counter was juice, liquor, and wine.
Delta Sky Club Lounge Chicago O'Hare Delta Sky Club Lounge Chicago O'Hare

Delta Sky Club Lounge Chicago O'Hare

Chicago O’Hare Delta Sky Club buffet – juice selection

Delta Sky Club Lounge Chicago O'Hare

Chicago O’Hare Delta Sky Club buffet – liquor selection

Delta Sky Club Lounge Chicago O'Hare

Chicago O’Hare Delta Sky Club buffet – wine selection

The area also had a a small sitting area, though this was smaller than the other areas in the lounge.

Delta Sky Club Lounge Chicago O'Hare

The Takeaway

Overall, this isn’t going to be the nicest Delta Sky Club you’ll find, but considering that Chicago O’Hare isn’t one of their hub airports, I’m glad to find a lounge there. The design looks a little dated, but the seats have clearly been updated, I assume right when they began rolling out the upgraded Sky Clubs in the last few years. Not a terrible place to pass the time if you’re in the airport, but I wouldn’t  go out of my way (read: get to the airport early) to spend time here.

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