Springing to Chicago – The wonders of US Immigration
- Here we go… again (in more ways than one)
- Off to Heathrow
- Terminal 3 Oneworld Lounges (Cathay Pacific and American Airlines)
- AA87 London Heathrow T3 to Chicago O’Hare International
- The joy of US immigration
- Intercontinental Chicago – Magnificent Mile
- Travel Tech: Life with a Canon 50mm f1.2 (yes, it’s another walk around Chicago)
- Hyatt Regency O’Hare
- Travel Tech: SkullCandy Ink’d Wireless Headphones
- Airplane Art Special: From the Balcony of the Hyatt Regency O’Hare ** BONUS **
- Back to O’Hare, The British Airways Business Class lounge
- BA296 Chicago O’Hare to London Heathrow
- Delayed Arrivals and Homeward
- Short and Sweet
With me and my shoulders free of the plane, I headed down the jetway and followed the signs to US immigration. because – yes, that joy had to be dealt with.
As I had used an Immigration agent the last time I was here, I was entitled to use the APC clearing machines. As usual, these proved to be… interesting (I can never get the fingerprint points right on those things).
For reasons that are unknown to me, I got the big black X of shame – meaning I would have to be processed by an agent.
Thankfully, the queue at this time of the morning was short – and I was processed succesfully into the USA. After grabbing a trolley, I wheeled my way to belt number 1, where bags were coming out.
And unsurprisingly it wasn’t in the first lot of priority bags.
Eventually, both bags spat out of the belt, and it was time to engage with US Customs. They accepted my stamped form, and sent me on my way.
All in all – 30 minutes or so. I’ll chalk that up as win.
Once clear of the secure area, I phoned my parents and relaxed for a bit as my body adjusted to no longer being in a confied seat.
With everything done – I hailed an Uber for the ride to Downtown (least of all, I’ve had more than my fair share of Chicago taxi drivers who think they know they’re right), and headed out of the O’Hare area.
The journey took its time thanks to a lot of construction work near Rosemont/Cumberland Avenues, with traffic only speeding up where the Kennedy Express way merges with another Expressway. From there – it was smooth sailing to downtown.
With the car approaching the north of the loop, it peeled off the Expressway, and down the access way to East Ohio Avenue, and towards North Michigan Avenue.
With the usual traffic approaching North Michigan avenue, the car took a loop around to reach my destination for the night – The Intercontinental Chicago, Magnificent Mile.
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