First Look – Remodeled American Airlines Admirals Club, Chicago, IL (ORD) (Updated) And A Bonus Sneak Peek

American Airlines opened the renovated Admirals Club between H and K Concourses at ORD a couple of weeks ago.  On October 15,  I paid a short visit before connecting to my last Delta 747 flights between Detroit, MI (DTW) and Tokyo, Japan (NRT) (post upcoming).  i returned to this lounge on January 9, 2018 and updated this post to include a report on the new showers.

This remodeled lounge reflects much of the design and decor of new Admirals Clubs and ones currently being renovated.  Compare:

First Look (Updated) – New American Airlines Admirals Club Houston, TX (IAH) Terminal A

American Airlines JFK International First Class Lounge – Progress Report

First Look – American Airlines Renovated D-15 Admirals Club, Miami International (MIA)

Lounge check in stays on the concourse level.  The elevator to the third floor leads to the club and agents who can help with flight issues.20171025_104354

The Main Bar Area

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Seating

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This is the predominant style of seating in the lounge.

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The Rear Bar Area

The area at the back of the lounge received the most improvements.

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The centerpiece of this area is a stylish bar.

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Business Center

The business center is located at the back of the lounge near the bar area.20171015_102046_resized

Showers

Admirals Clubs have very nice showers for domestic lounges.  The new showers in this remodeled club are no exception.

Reserve a shower at the help desk near the elevators.  An agent will provide a key.  You can request dental and shaving amenities when reserving a shower.

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The agent provided an amenity kit that American gives to passengers for missing baggage.
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Amenity kit contents: dental lit, comb/brush, deodorant, shaving kit, body lotion, and refreshing towelette.

I received a key to shower room 4 in exchange for my boarding pass.  This room has a sink, toilet and walk-in shower.

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Sink, hair dryer and electrical outlet.
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Bench, towels, bath mat, and pegs for clothes next to the shower.
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Shower with good water pressure, simple controls and C. O. Bigelow products

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Another bench and pegs near the toilet

Thee showers have everything one needs for a comfortable and fast attitude adjustment session during travel.

In reviewing these photos, I noticed that the Ipad type devices for ordering food, checking flights, etc. that used to be scattered around the lounge are missing.  Does anyone know why?

Sneak Peak – ORD Flagship Lounge

Before leaving the club, the reps granted me a tour of the relocated Flagship Lounge on the second floor.  This lounge also opened recently.  I did not take any photos since I didn’t technically have access on this trip and I didn’t want to ask too much of the reps.

In short, this Flagship Lounge reminds me of the enhanced Admirals Club in Tokyo, Japan (NRT) and compares favorably to a good international business-class lounge.  The new Flagship Lounge at JFK, however, has a superior overall ambience.  The ORD Flagship Lounge currently lacks Flagship First Dining because ORD has no American flights with Flagship First service.  Space for a dining room is available if that changes.

Overall Impression

The remodeled ORD Admirals Club between the H and K Concourses looks great.   It will definitely deliver a more pleasant experience than the previous club.

 

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