Note: The American Airlines Admirals Club at Chicago O’Hare airport at Terminal 3, Concourses H and K is currently being renovated. Portions of the lounge may be closed.
The American Airlines Admirals Club at Chicago O’Hare airport at Terminal 3, Concourses H and K is the airline’s largest and best appointed facility at ORD. It supplements the Terminal 2, Concourse G club which primarily serves regional flights, as well as the Flagship Lounge which welcomes international first class customers and oneworld Emerald members on international itineraries. The Admirals Club is located in the hallway that links gate H6 to gate K6 — look for signs to Admirals Club and Executive Center.
American Airlines Admirals Club ORD design
The oversized lobby sets the tone — this massive facility is no standard Admirals Club. Make your way past the reception desks and ride one of the elevators one story up above the concourse level. You will arrive at an equally grand customer service area, with plenty of open space and hardly any furniture in sight. It’s a smart design choice: you are now in the center of the sprawling lounge, and all seating is located at the perimeter of the facility so that it benefits from daylight and views.
It may take you a while to find your bearings once you leave the central area. Numerous partitions enhance privacy but give the place a maze-like feeling, which is only compounded by the crowds. Indeed, the place is busy. And that’s its downfall: despite its many amenities and sheer size, the lounge is not especially attractive at peak times.
The design is on the traditional side, with granite slabs and coffee tables, dark furniture, the occasional indoor plant, and an odd metallic ceiling. In short, it’s clean but dated, and the furniture feels pretty tired.
Various seating options are available and include traditional open seating areas, relatively intimate face-to-face seats by the windows, and a few recliners. For business travelers, there are also several areas with cubicles, some with self-service PCs. Luggage and coat racks are located throughout, and power outlets are widely available overall, although unfortunately not at every seat. Incidentally, the few seats further away from the windows, closer to the central reception area, which tend to be more isolated, lack power outlets. A favorite of ours is the large quiet room, a haven with plenty of seating in a more serene setting.
American Airlines Admirals Club ORD amenities
Snack and coffee stations are located throughout the club, although you’ll want to visit the bar area for the most complete selection. There, you will find a (typically bustling) bar, a buffet with American Airlines’ standard food and beverage offerings (crudities, soups, brownies, snacks, cookies, fruit), and a premium food ordering and pickup station, where you may order hot dishes, for a fee. American Airlines charges for premium alcoholic beverages, though premium passengers on international itineraries receive two drink coupons.
By the bar is also a dining area, as well as a high table with PCs and tablets, should you wish to work in the noisy bar environment.
Several shower suites are available; just inquire at the reception desk. The simple but clean and functional suites come with a toilet, sink, towels and bath products in dispensers. Other amenities include a family room, a selection of newspapers and magazines, and Samsung tablets throughout that provide up-to-date information on boarding times and gates.
American Airlines Admirals Club ORD bottom line
Overall, the American Airlines Admirals Club at Chicago O’Hare airport at Terminal 3, Concourses H and K is a well-appointed lounge with a solid range of international grade amenities. Due to its sheer size, though, it feels more impersonal than exclusive, and it does get painfully busy at peak times. The design is also getting a old; the lounge doesn’t feel very welcoming overall. If you don’t need to shower, consider visiting the Admirals Club at Terminal 2, Concourse G for a more soothing environment and a peek at American Airlines’ brand new club design.
The following is a typical sample selection. All selections and pricing are subject to change. See the latest menu at aa.com.
- Breakfast: bagels with cream cheese, mini muffins, fruit.
- Snacks: olives, cheese and crackers, cookies, vegetable crudité and snack mixes.
- Water, soft drinks and juices.
- Coffee, espresso, latte, cappuccino, tea, hot chocolate.
- Trinity Oaks chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.
- Anheuser-Busch or MillerCoors beers.
- House spirits.
Canadian bacon, egg & cheese: $5.99
Breakfast Brioche 5.99
Apple cinnamon pecan yogurt parfait: $4.99
Seasonal fruit cup: $4.99
Naked Juice 100% Juice smoothies: $3.99
Specialty sandwiches (with apple fennel salad or chips and a pickle)
Sunflower chicken: $10.50
Butternut squash and ricotta: $10.50
Turkey, pear and gorgonzola: $10.50
Turkey Florentine Panini: $9.99
Roast Beef and Cheddar Panini: $9.99
Grilled chicken hummus: $9.99
Portobello stack: $9.99
Chicken brie: $9.99
Snacks and small bites
Gourmet fruit and cheese assortment: $7.99
Citrus spiced lentil: $7.99
Toasted quinoa and kale: $7.99
Sahale nut blends: $2.29
S’mores by Edward Marc Chocolatier: $3.99
Sweet and savory snacks: $3.99
JimmyBar! Whole Foods energy bars: $2.99
Quesadillas (served with sour cream, pico de gallo and tri-colored tortilla chips)
Cilantro Chicken: $9.99
Wild Mushroom Quesadilla: $10.99
Premium drinksWater and soft drinks
Energy drinks: $3.99
Mineral water: $3.50
Bottled water: $2.29
Bottled sodas: $2.29
Spirits and cordials
Premium Domestic/Craft: $7.00
White wine, by the glass
Smirnoff, Bombay Original, BACARDI Superior, Captain Morgan Original Spiced, Dewar’s White Label, Jose Cuervo Especial, Jim Beam: $8.50
ABSOLUT, Stoli Vanil, Russian Standard, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Bombay Sapphire, Tanqueray, Johnnie Walker Black Label, Avión Silver Tequila, Jack Daniel’s, Jameson: $10.00
Ketel One, Grey Goose, Ultimat, Hendrick’s, 10 Cane, Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, Patrón, Crown Royal, Maker’s Mark, Templeton Rye, Angel’s Envy Bourbon, Knob Creek Smoked Maple Bourbon, Pyrat XO Reserve Rum: $12.00
- Cordials: $10.00
Red wine, by the glass
Bollini, Pinot Grigio: $10.00
Willamette Valley Vineyards, Riesling: $10.00
Casa Lapostolle, Sauvignon Blanc: $10.00
Napa Cellars, Chardonnay: $12.00
Kim Crawford, Unoaked Chardonnay: $12.00
- The Show, Cabernet Sauvignon: $9.5
- Terrazas de los Andes, Malbec: $9.5
- Folie à Deux, Merlot: $12.00
- Joel Gott 815, Cabernet Sauvignon: $12.00
- Rodney Strong, Pinot Noir: $12.00
- Chandon Brut Classic: $14.00
You may have access to American Airlines Admirals Club as a premium customer of one of the following airlines, or as an elite member of their frequent flyer program. Check the Access rules tab for more details.
Access for eligible customers traveling on any oneworld member airline.
American Airlines (AA) British Airways (BA) Cathay Dragon (KA) Cathay Pacific (CX) Finnair (AY) Iberia (IB) Japan Airlines (JL) LATAM Airlines Brasil (JJ) LATAM Airlines Chile (LA) Malaysia Airlines (MH) Qantas (QF) Qatar Airways (QR) Royal Jordanian (RJ) S7 Airlines (S7) SriLankan (UL)
American Airlines Admirals Club at Chicago, IL - O Hare International (ORD) welcomes:
- American Airlines Admirals Club members (including Citi® AAdvantage® Executive Card card members) (+2 guests or immediate family)
- Alaska Lounge members departing on a same-day flight operated by Alaska Airlines, American Airlines (+2 guests or immediate family)
- Citi® Prestige primary card holders departing on an American Airlines flight within 12 hours.
- American Airlines Admirals Club One-Day pass holders. Passes can be purchased for $59 and used at multiple lounge locations on the same day at Admirals Club lounges. (no guests)
- American Airlines First Class passengers departing on a same-day international fight (+1 guest)
- American Airlines Business Class passengers departing on a same-day international fight (no guests)
- First class passengers departing on a same-day flight operated by a oneworld airline (+1 guest)
- Business class passengers departing on a same-day flight operated by a oneworld airline (no guests)
- oneworld Emerald members (+1 guest)
- oneworld Sapphire members (+1 guest)
- Guests must be departing on a flight operated and marketed by a oneworld airline.
- Members of the military may bring in 2 guests or their immediate family.
- American Airlines AAdvantage® members, regardless of their tier status or class of travel, are not eligible for lounge access when travelling solely on North American flights within or between the U.S., Canada, Mexico (except Mexico City), the Bahamas, Bermuda and the Caribbean.
- For connecting passengers, lounge access will be determined on the international long haul ticketed flight (either First of Business Class) regardless of the ticketed class of travel on the international short haul or domestic flight.
- Qantas airline club members do not have access to American Airlines lounges.
When flying Alaska or American (+2 guests)
- 3.5Based on 212 ReviewsG D.2019-08-11 22:06:27I've been an Admirals Club member for 15 years and have to say this club used to be amazing. Sadly, the recent renovations here leave much to be desired....Kuvlubnpe H.2019-07-16 17:40:08I bought a day pass $59 which gives the pass holder access to the Admiral Lounges at ORD. Checked out the H/K (3rd floor) and L gate lounges (small) and...Melissa C.2019-06-21 15:51:44My flight has been delayed but I headed to the airport anyway because I knew I could just hang in the Admirals club while enjoying guacamole, finger foods,...Cliff C.2018-07-22 03:30:15This is a small but chill lounge. It's on the 2nd floor. Go pass 42nd Oyster Bar and you will see the elevator that takes you up. Plenty of seats and plugs...Trixie N.2018-07-01 07:19:50I wish I had a longer layover!!I arrived into O'Hare airport 30 minutes later than expected but I knew I was going to run to the AA Admirals Lounge late...Clara W.2018-05-28 14:22:43The bar is fully stocked, but there's not much food. Many of the other lounges that I go to have more than a small selection of snacks. The space is pretty...