Hello from Austria. I'm booked to land at Chicago O'Hare 14:20 on 2017 august 18, for a short time I considered booking the Amtrak train at 16:00 from Union Station but then decided differently because I don't know how long luggage handling and passport control at the airport will take.
So now I booked train 354 Wolverine departing 18:00 to Kalamazoo 21:10. I read [url]https://www.amtrak.com/chicago-union-station-boarding[/url] which says boarding starts 30 minutes before departure, according to [url]https://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=am/am2Station/Station_Page&code=CHI[/url] the arrival time is 45 minutes before - I wonder what takes so long? Anywhere in Europe I just walk up to the train with my ticket a few minutes before departure (with the exception of the eurostar that has additional security checks). How long does it take in practice?
Allowing an hour to get from O'Hare airport to Union Station (strangely blue line does not seem to have a direct stop there) I should still have more than an hour to make up for any delays wherever.
There is also a warning of possible delays on the Wolverine, does anyone have recent reports on how it's doing?
Thanks and greetings! tobias