“Cell Phone Lots” to Open at O’Hare and Midway!

You know how it is: when picking people up from O’Hare and Midway, you have a few options.
You can pay for parking (only for those who truly have more money than time), you can park somewhere illegally (dodging screaming, ticket-writing cops that seem intent on taking out their frustration at having pulled such shitty duty on you) or you can drive in circles, awaiting the call that your passenger has arrived and is waiting at the curb (“Look kids, Big Ben!”).

Now, cell phones take a LOT of flack ’round these parts, at times seemingly as offensive to some as smoking is to others. They are however, exceptionally convenient little devices. In yet another example of the utility of the cell phone, rather than enduring one of the three options above, you will soon be able to park in a “cell phone lot” a mere 5 minutes from the terminal.

I am not a religious man, but to this particularly provident development I say, “Hallelujah!”

Read the article for a complete breakdown on the details.

It seems to me that the lots, at least initially, are quite small- 150 spaces at O’Hare and 90 at Midway- but it also sounds as though once repairs are made to other lots more spaces may become available.

Either way, something is better than nothing and this will make airport pickups a much more effortless and somewhat more civilized experience.

6 Comments so far

  1. BBB (unregistered) on June 3rd, 2006 @ 2:27 pm

    The Denver airport has a sort of similar set up and it works really well.

  2. Alana (unregistered) on June 4th, 2006 @ 10:45 am

    I think this is a wonderful development. I have spent countless hours spinning around Midway and O’Hare waiting for that same call. I’ve also been stuck in a jam of folks who take to parking along the route instead of circling like the rest of us and THAT, Mr. Nikkos, really pisses me off.

    And for the record, I ::heart:: cell phones. They have saved me when I’ve been stuck out in the middle of nowhere on a defiant motorcycle. They’ve allowed me to locate lost loved ones in large crowds. They’ve enabled me to maintain etiquette when running late to a meeting.

    If I had to guess, when people say that they loathe cell phones, what they really mean is that they detest the rude user.

  3. nikkos (unregistered) on June 4th, 2006 @ 10:56 am

    I think when people diss cell phones what they really mean is they don’t like OTHER people on cell phones, conveniently overlooking that at one time or another we’ve all been that annoying person on a cell phone.

  4. Alana (unregistered) on June 4th, 2006 @ 11:02 am


  5. tankboy (unregistered) on June 5th, 2006 @ 8:42 am

    When I diss people on cell-phones my ire is directed towards the person that is on the phone the whole time they’re driving. It drives me nuts.

    However i think these cell-phone lots are a WONDERFUL idea!

  6. Alana (unregistered) on June 5th, 2006 @ 9:09 am

    I personally have found that talking while on the cell phone has enhanced my driving experince. And thanks to these hands-free devices, now I’m able to apply my makeup at 70mph. If I balance everything right, I can scarf down a gyro, make myself all glossy, and catch up on my gossip all at the same time!

    Oh, and drive.

    Thanks technology!

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