Review: SAS Lounge Chicago O’Hare (ORD) For Star Alliance

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The SAS Lounge at Chicago O’Hare Airport (ORD) is one of my least favorite Star Alliance lounges for business class passengers. It’s tiny but slightly better than the Swissport Lounge, which is another tiny Star Alliance lounge for business class passengers, and a Priority Pass Lounge at O’Hare’s Terminal 5.

That to say, I recommend you go to Terminal 1 for United Polaris Lounge instead if you have time because it can be a process to get from T1 to T5 if your flight leaves from T5 terminal, such as Swiss Air.

Location

SAS Lounge at Chicago ORD airport is located near gate M19 in Terminal 5. Terminal 5 is easy to navigate, so you won’t have problems locating the SAS lounge.

Lounge Access

SAS Lounge access is complimentary for business class passengers traveling on a Star Alliance flight. However, the lounge does not accept Priority Pass Membership.

Lounge staff only needs to scan your boarding pass at the lounge entrance to let you in.

Seats

SAS Lounge is tiny, and therefore, you can probably see the entire lounge in one glimpse.

Tables and chairs are arranged across the lounge, but I like that the lounge also has seats facing the airport runway for plane spotting. In fact, you can see the plane that departs at gate M19 if there’s a departure on that day. In my case, it was my Swiss Air Boeing triple sevens from Chicago to Zurich Business Class.

Food

SAS Lounge offers food in a buffet style. When I was there in the evening, there was salad, cold cuts, and one hot item of chicken wings. You’ll also find sweet treats such as cookies and chips. There are also ramen noodle cups.

Drinks

There’s a section inside the SAS Lounge that has a refrigerator filled with pop sodas. Next to it, there are various kinds of liquors for self-serving alcoholic beverages. There’s no bar so that you can make a drink your own, all unlimited.

Still and sparkling water, along with teas, are also available.

Bathroom

SAS Lounge is small, so understandably, there’s no bathroom inside the lounge. You’ll have to exit the lounge to use the airport bathroom.

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi is complimentary, and no password is required.

Conclusion

SAS Lounge at Terminal 5 is small, but it’s slightly better than the Swissport Lounge at Chicago O’Hare Airport, the same Terminal 5.

If you are flying with Star Alliance and have time to spare, I recommend the United Polaris Lounge at Terminal 1. The Polaris Lounge is excellent, but keep in mind it’s not connected to T5 and can take time to travel between the two terminals. If you can’t go to Polaris Lounge and your Star Alliance business class flight leaves from T5, then SAS Lounge is your best option with decent buffet food and plane-spotting seats.

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