On our return from London to Seattle, we are booked through Chicago with a plane change. (Same airline) We've only flown direct in the past, so this is new territory for us. We have 2 hours to make the connection. I understand we need clear customs when first arriving in the US. We have Global Entry so it should go smoothly.
My question is about our bags clearing customs. Yes, I know carry-on only would make things go most smoothly. We've done that and love it a lot. But for a number of reasons on this trip, we must check bags. They will be checked through to Seattle.
I'm hoping for guidance from seasoned travelers because I can't seem to find the answers on either the CBP site or the airline site. Do we pick up bags ourselves and re-check them? Does this involve leaving the secure area and going through security again? Is 2 hours enough in Chicago?