United Terminal, O’Hare Airport

Half rotunda, United Terminal

Half rotunda, United Terminal

United Terminal B, Chicago, O’Hare Airport designed by Helmut Jahn and built in 1985.

Flying home from visiting my mother in Los Angeles and had hike between gates. I passed by this end rotunda in Terminal B and noticed a lot of sun coming through, a bit too much sun actually (a few of the panels are over exposed). Still, I love the structure of this terminal so broke out the Ricoh GR to attempt a shot.

I shot one of these rotundas in 2013 with a Sony RX1 under better conditions and that post has a second shot that shows more detail on the structure: Roof detail, United Terminal, O’Hare.

Floor with shadow, United Terminal

Floor with shadow, United Terminal

There was a lot of sun coming through the rotunda skylights as I passed by and after shooting up, I decided to shoot down. The shadows on the floor grid were fantastic.

I shot this floor in 2012 with my iPhone and the shot shows both a reflection of the rotunda and detail in the floor: United terminal floor in Chicago.


  1. As a UA 1K I pass through this terminal regularly, in fact as recently as last week. However I must admit to not looking around. I will pay more attention next time, although at airports I am normally in travel mode as opposed to photography mode!

    1. I totally understand Stu. I was a UAL 1K for a while and went through ORD weekly, sometimes twice a week. I’ve spent the night there (unfortunately, all hotels booked) and many a long layover, both in and out of the clubs. For me, it’s nice to be retired and not have to do that much travel anymore but I do miss some of the fun of interesting airports like this. No doubt you’ve seen the movie Up in the Air. If not, give it a go, it’s fun and covers this kind of travel perfectly.

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