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A Chicago O'Hare Layover Option: Rivers Casino
To get there, exit security then head downstairs and take the CTA blue line one stop ($2.25 one way at time of writing) to Rosemont. From there, take the only exit and jump on a free purple shuttle bus that runs from the transit center 24/7. The entire one-way trip from the airport on public transportation takes 30-40 minutes while alternatively, a $10 cab will take about 10 minutes.
Rivers casino opened last year on the outskirts of O'Hare airport and is the only casino near the city. On a recent Saturday morning layover, we discovered nearly packed tables stating at $10 per bet and enough slot machines to make any casual casino-goer happy. There's also a modest dining selection, which offers an interesting alternative to the overpriced airport food.
Keep in mind that you'll have to renegotiate security upon return to the airport, and that carry-on luggage should go with you, so make sure you've got at least three hours to spare before your flight leaves.
[Photo credit: Flickr user conorwithonen]