TSA PreCheck in Chicago

TSA PreCheck allows you to breeze through security at the airport by skipping long lines. You can also leave your belt, shoes and jacket on while going through screening. To enroll in TSA PreCheck, you’ll need a valid U.S. passport or U.S. permanent resident card. Then you’ll need to schedule an appointment at one of over 200 airport enrollment centers across the country (including Chicago O’Hare International Airport). Find out more about applying for TSA PreCheck on our website, or visit us in person at Terminal 3 at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (Terminal 3).

The basics of TSA PreCheck

TSA PreCheck is a security clearance program that allows you to move through the TSA checkpoint faster. To get TSA PreCheck, you need to apply and be accepted into the program. You can then use your Known Traveler Number (KTN) or pass code when booking an eligible flight or at an airport Self-Service Check-In Kiosk to gain access to the separate TSA PreCheck line.

There are three ways that you can obtain a KTN: by enrolling in the Trusted Traveler Programs operated by Customs and Border Protection (CBP), by participating in another CBP trusted traveler program like Global Entry, or through select airline programs such as Delta Air Lines’ Sky Priority and United Airlines’ Access*. Once you have obtained your KTN, you will be able to use it when booking travel reservations over the phone with airlines and on their websites (“Book Online”) as well as when checking in at any airport self-service check-in kiosks (“Self-Service”). If traveling internationally, remember that some airlines may require additional documentation such as a passport before allowing passengers through security screening lines using their KTNs – please check with them directly before departure!

Locations in Chicago

You will find TSA PreCheck in Chicago at:

  • O’Hare International Airport (Terminal 1, Terminal 2, Terminal 3)
  • Midway International Airport (Terminal 1)
  • Union Station in downtown Chicago (main and south concourses).

You can find TSA PreCheck in a number of convenient locations throughout Chicagoland.

You can find TSA PreCheck in a number of convenient locations throughout Chicagoland. The service is offered at all O’Hare International Airport terminals, as well as Midway International Airport, Union Station and the CTA Red Line North station in downtown Chicago.

If you’re not sure where to start looking for PreCheck, here’s some information on how to get started:

  • To enroll online with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), visit tsa.gov/tsa-precheck/enroll-online.html or call 1-855-347-8371 (TSA PRECHECK). You’ll need your passport or other government ID and a credit card to pay the $85 application fee; you’ll also need two passport photos if this is your first time applying for PreCheck status or renewing it after Jan. 18, 2020.*

The cost of TSA PreCheck varies based on whether you apply as an individual or family member—$85 for an individual and $17 per additional traveler included on the same reservation—but either way it’s money well spent!


Whether you’re flying out of O’Hare or Midway airports, or taking a train to your destination, TSA PreCheck is easy to access. You can find it at various locations throughout the city, including many close to public transportation stations so that you don’t have to miss an important flight due to traffic congestion or parking problems. We hope this article has been helpful in providing information on how to use TSA PreCheck and where it is available near Chicago!

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