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Airport hideaways

If your flight out of Chicago is delayed, here's where to go to chillax.

O’HARE
Look for quiet zones between terminals—we like the spacious, naturally lit stretch between Terminals 1 and 2. For a faster pick-me-up, hit Goose Island Brewery in Terminal 2—at least you’re being swindled for decent beer. Get sunlight, greenery, café tables, a hot dog/beer vendor and hard-to-come-by quiet at the “Butch O’Hare WWII Fighter Airplane” exhibit area in Terminal 2. A little tense after that third delay announcement? The Back Rub Hub(773-601-0630) in Terminal 3 offers a ten-minute escape from reality for $15, or if you’re in for the long haul, get a day pass to the Hilton O’Hare’s pool and fitness room across the street for $15 (773-686-8000).

MIDWAY
Options are fewer and farther between here, but then again, flying via the Southwest Side ’port is less likely to result in a comedy of horrors. The lines are usually shorter if you venture outside of the main restaurant-and-bar nexus, so mosey down to the far reaches of Concourse C for treats like tres leches cake at the coffee-and-pastries nook Let Them Eat Cake and a meditation session in the Midway Interfaith Chapel. Or, find one of the painted rocking chairs scattered randomly around the airport and rock back and forth while chanting a prayer to the airline gods to get your plane out of the gate.

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