Unveiled mid-September 2017, The American Airlines Flagship Lounge at Chicago O’Hare welcomes exclusively premium and elite passengers departing on international flights, including Business Class passengers, Executive Platinum, Platinum Pro and Platinum customers, and oneworld Emerald and Sapphire members.
The Flagship Lounge is off-limits to paid club members and one-time pass holders, who receive access to the Admirals Club on the third floor.
American Airlines Flagship Lounge design
Located at the junction of Concourses H and K below the main Admirals Club, in the footprint of the former Conference Center, the Flagship Lounge occupies an expansive 17,000 square foot space with seating for 300 passengers.
While modern, the design is resolutely conservative. With Earth tones, clean lines, and efficient lighting, American Airlines isn’t breaking any new ground; but guests can revel in expansive views over the tarmac, thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows which wrap the space.
Power and USB ports are available at every seat. Seating options include individual comfortable solo seats, convivial pods for groups, high-top seating, communal tables, and dining booths and tables. The seating arrangement is relatively sparse, yet the open layout offers limited privacy overall—despite its sheer dimensions, the lounge is bound to be busy at peak times.
A quiet area features a handful of recliners, though the lack of real separation from the rest of the lounge and the location steps away from the window make it an unlikely place to nap.
American Airlines Flagship Lounge amenities
The highlight of the American Airlines Flagship Lounge at Chicago O’Hare airport is the expansive food and beverage selection.
Guests will find a substantial assortment of appetizers, snacks, salads, hot and cold entrees, and desserts, with a good balance between healthy and heartier fare. There is also a chef station besides the buffet with rotating specials.
Unlike the New York JFK location, the Flagship Lounge at Chicago O’Hare airport doesn’t offer cooked-to-order entrees or private Flagship Dining; such high-end amenities remain exclusive to hubs where American Airlines operates international or domestic premium service.
The self-serve bar boasts a selection of wines, Champagnes, liqueurs and spirits, as well as a “mix-your-own cocktail” station with rotating recipes on display. Espresso, juices, and soft drinks are also available, with a Coca-Cola Freestyle machine which lets patrons choose from hundreds of drinks concoctions with a touch screen.
The Flagship Lounge features several elegant shower suites outfitted with a sink, and a toilet, and CO Bigelow bath amenities in wall-mounted dispensers.
American Airlines Flagship Lounge bottom line
Available exclusively for American Airlines and oneworld premium and elite customers traveling internationally, the American Airlines Flagship Lounge at Chicago O’Hare is a comfortable and well-appointed lounge featuring a generous food and beverage selection which would be the envy of Admirals Club patrons.
The Flagship Lounge is a convenient place to work and boasts great views of the tarmac, but lacks any real privacy, and can be busy at peak times. It doesn’t quite compete with the United Polaris Lounge in terms of amenities—the hometown airline offers a full a-la-carte restaurant, a staffed bar, and private napping rooms amongst other luxuries—but remains nevertheless a substantial upgrade for business class and elite passengers.
Flagship Lounge menu
The complimentary Flagship Lounge buffet and cooked-to-order menu are available to all guests.
- Cheese board
- House-made pickled vegetables
- Mediterranean board
- Shrimp cocktail shooters
- Chilled crab
- Chilled roasted tenderloin
- Pickled cumin-carrot salad
- Fricassee of chicken
- Pan seared salmon
- Assorted pastries
A la carte: Breakfast (until 11 am)
- Deviled eggs, topped with the chef’s daily choice of accompaniments
- Cashew crusted brioche French toast, with smoked apple and maple compote
- Eggs benedict, thick cut smoked bacon, grilled kale, herbed hollandaise, roasted fingerling sweet potato hash
A la carte: All day (after 11 am)
- Flagship burger: hand formed short-rib, brisket and sirloin burger, with bacon, red onion marmalade, arugula, beef steak tomato
- Wild mushroom flatbread, with goat cheese fontina, mozzarella cheese
- Fresh herb parmesan crusted chicken paillard, with arugula pesto dressed bucatini pasta and balsamic stewed tomatoes
The complimentary Flagship Dining full-service restaurant is exclusively for First Class guests flying on three-cabin aircraft.
- Seasonal frit kabobs
- Fresh baked pastry basket
- Smoked fish platter
- Locally sourced artisanal cheese and meat platter
- Hot and cold breakfast cereal
- Free range eggs
- Create your own omelet
- Roasted tomato, spinach, feta egg white fritata
- Eggs benedict
- Steak, eggs, frites
- Cashew crusted brioche French toast
- Breakfast sides: thick cut apple smoked bacon, hand formed breakfast sausage, roasted sweet and fingerling potato hash, fresh cut seasonal melons and berries
- Fresh squeezed juices
- Tomato bisque
- Smoked duck breast
- Basil infused compressed watermelon
- Caesar salad
- Olive oil poached loch duart salmon
- Braised beef short ribs
- Chimichurri rojo range chicken
- Spiced lentil cake
- Udon noodle bowl
- Flagship burger
- Chocolate trio
- Caramelized apple tart tatin
- Flagship sundae
- NY state artisanal cheese plate
You may have access to American Airlines Flagship Lounge 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 the following oneworld member airlines only.
American Airlines (AA) British Airways (BA) 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 Flagship Lounge at Chicago, IL - O Hare International (ORD) welcomes:Notes:
View detailed access rules at aa.com
- American Airlines First Class passengers departing on an international flight from this airport, or another airport on a same-day itinerary (+1 guest)
- American Airlines First Class passengers departing on a three-class nonstop transcontinental flight from this airport, or another airport on a same-day itinerary (no guests)
- American Airlines Business Class passengers departing on an international flight from this airport, or another airport on a same-day itinerary (no guests)
- American Airlines Business Class passengers departing on a three-class nonstop transcontinental flight from this airport, or another airport on a same-day itinerary (no guests)
- American Airlines ConciergeKey passengers departing on an same-day flight operated by American Airlines or a oneworld airline (+2 guests)
- American Airlines AAdvantage Executive Platinum customers departing on or connecting to an international flight, operated by American Airlines or another oneworld airline (+1 guest)
- American Airlines AAdvantage Platinum Pro customers departing on or connecting to an international flight, operated by American Airlines or another oneworld airline (+1 guest)
- American Airlines AAdvantage Platinum customers departing on or connecting to an international flight, operated by American Airlines or another oneworld airline (+1 guest)
- oneworld First Class passengers departing on or connecting to an international flight operated by a oneworld airline (+1 guest)
- oneworld Business Class passengers departing on or connecting to an international flight operated by a oneworld airline (no guests)
- oneworld Emerald members (except for passengers whose status was issued by American Airlines) departing on or connecting to any flight operated by a oneworld airline (+1 guest)
- oneworld Sapphire members (except for passengers whose status was issued by American Airlines) departing on or connecting to any flight operated by a oneworld airline (+1 guest)
- The Flagship First Dining area is only available for American Airlines First Class passengers traveling on international and transcontinental flights.
- Guests must be departing on a flight operated and marketed by a oneworld airline.
- For the purpose of Flagship Lounge access, eligible international cities include flights traveling to or from Europe, Asia, Central and South America and Mexico City only. All other international destinations are excluded from the benefit of lounge access.
- 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.
- Based on 29 ReviewsChad W.2018-05-31 18:44:56The American flagship lounge in Chicago is for sure a step up in American Airlines admirals clubs. Though you have to be flying international to get invited...Betty C.2018-02-22 12:15:49Well, this is only the second or third time in our lives we've been to a first-class travel lounge. It does feel quite elitist. Way nicer than the regular...Business_Traveler X.2018-02-18 14:46:12I think there are a lot of tough critics on this page. I thought the lounge was fantastic. Maybe I had low expectations it this far exceeded them. My only...