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Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)

Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)

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Midway Airport, Chicago
  • Tips
    "Potbelly deli is fast ( even with a line) and has awesome coffee!"(79 Tips)
    Malicia W.
    "Best salad on the B concourse from the create your own salad shoppe."(49 Tips)
    Jake M.
    "The moving walkways make you feel awesome!!"(31 Tips)
    Alli W.
    "Don't leave without something delicious from Nuts on Clark."(20 Tips)
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  • Jennifer T.
    Jennifer TaylorSeptember 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Eat at Gold Coast Dogs. BEST hot dogs in Chicago!I love the Chicago Style hot dog 》Char Grilled Gold Coast Dog (Mustard, Relish, Onions, Tomato, Pickles, Sports Pepper & Celery Salt) MMM!!! :D
    Upvoted 5 days ago
  • Scott B.heart icon on user image
    Scott ByerlyFebruary 21, 2017
    Been here 100+ times
    If you're flying in or out of here in the morning or at night; get a window seat for a perfect view of the Chicago lakefront at sunrise or sunset.
    Upvoted 1 day ago
  • Kurt V.
    Kurt VanderahApril 28, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Always, always go to the security line furthest to your left. People naturally go right, which makes it crowded; plus, they put extra staff (or open new lanes!) on the left.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • PreciselyVeiled T.heart icon on user image
    PreciselyVeiled TattooSeptember 26, 2017
    Pokestops Potbelly's nuts on Clark by gate b2 Clean airport good people. Usually a place we layover. Newly added Dunkin donut kiosks for limited items.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • DoubleTree by Hilton M.
    When the check-in line is as long as the airport itself, don't hesitate to use the curbside baggage check service offered by most airlines. A tip is polite, but it is worth the saved time.
  • Alison T.
    Alison TanzerMay 20, 2012
    I hate O'Hare! I always choose Midway. Much cleaner, more than 2 outlets, less delyas and cancellations! Love it
  • Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)
    It's summer in Chicago! Don't leave your water bottle behind, empty it and refill it at one of our filtered water refill stations after you pass security!
  • Jill H.
    Jill HartleyFebruary 18, 2012
    Staying in downtown Chicago? Take the El (orange train). It's only $2 and takes just 30 minutes to get to midway airport.
  • Monika M.
    Monika McMahonJune 17, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Gate A4A and A4B are out of the way and don't have much seating BUT they have a bar with drinks to go! Get a drink and walk or take a seat near your gate.
  • Jenn M.
    Jenn MesenbrinkFebruary 5, 2019
    Been here 10+ times
    If flying Southwest for business, park in the daily lot and sashay through check-in about 500 yards from the parking lot—awesome! TSA Pre area is a bit squishy here (under construction).
  • Michael C.heart icon on user image
    Michael CFebruary 24, 2019
    Been here 5+ times
    Closer to the city than OHare. Smaller, easier to manage. Still have plenty of places to shop and eat.
  • Michaela B.
    Michaela BradleyAugust 11, 2013
    Get here early just to browse the many (somewhat overpriced) interesting shops. Take a look at Spirit if Red Horse for unique jewelry and the bookstore right across from it is pretty good! :)
  • Steve W.
    Steve WeagantJuly 11, 2019
    Been here 10+ times
    Southwest Airlines is reliable and two bags travel free. Arrive early to allow time to get through security. There is construction on Cicero Avenue.
  • Trip J.
    Trip JacobsSeptember 10, 2017
    Been here 50+ times
    Beginning summer 2017 all of the food options have changed. Potbelly's and other great places were forced out and replaced by very poor quality overpriced crap. Bring your own food.
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WJanuary 26, 2019
    Been here 50+ times
    Quicker security lines than O’hare. If flying early, the Italian deli in the back corner of the food court has tasty breakfast sandwiches, much better than Dunkin.
  • Stephanie D.heart icon on user image
    Easy to navigate with central food court and break out concourses, but results in longer security lines. Definitely a much older airport. Not many power outlets available either
  • Brian C.
    Brian CNovember 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    SWA MDW hub has greatly improved their ticket desk check-in process with increased staffing resulting in shorter wait times! TSA now opens express lanes when security lines get lengthy! 👍
  • Ryan A.
    Ryan AlafrizMarch 28, 2015
    "Caution: The moving walkway is ending. Caution: The moving walkway is ending. Caution: The moving walkway is ending." Try not to wait near gate A1.
  • Sean C.
    Sean CarpenterJune 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Whichever security line you choose, the others are sure to move faster. Just chill and you'll be through soon. No matter how long it takes, flying is faster than driving!
  • Jared C.
    Head over to gate A4A for a good view of planes landing. It's done a sort of hidden hallway.
  • LimoBank S.heart icon on user image
    LimoBank ServicesOctober 15, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    If you booked car services with meet and greet with sign proceed down the escalator to baggage claim. To schedule a pick-up contact LimoBank 1-888-546-6988
  • Louise S.heart icon on user image
    Easy access to pick passengers up. You can Park in the structure and meet at Baggage claim without worrying about the weather conditions. Being dropped off is a breeze with curbside checkin!
  • Ngonzi C.
    Ngonzi CrushshonSeptember 18
    Been here 50+ times
    Welcome to Chicago! Best airport! Try Harold’s Chicken (ask for mild sauce), Portillos for Italian beef, Giordano’s deep dish pizza & Garrett’s popcorn!
  • Patrice Y.
    Patrice YursikApril 13, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Service at the food court can be hit or miss. Service at other restaurants like Let Them Eat Cake or Taylor Street Market can be extremely slow. Lots to choose from but nothing exceptional, food wise
  • John M.
    John MorrisonNovember 23, 2011
    The "expert" line is a facade. Everyone goes right thinking it will be shorter which leads to congestion AND it has the slower AIT machine. Go left to beat the wait and hit the X-Rays instead.
  • Verne P.heart icon on user image
    Verne PJuly 31, 2022
    Been here 25+ times
    Brace yourself! The runways are short, so the landings are abrupt! Way more convenient airport than O’Hare though.
    FlightCenter.comJanuary 5, 2012
    TSA TIP #3 Remove your laptop(s) and shoes/belts while waiting in line for the x-ray machines and carry them in your hands to be ready for the bins, remember laptops are placed in a bin by itself.
  • Mike B.heart icon on user image
    Mike BobadillaAugust 11, 2019
    Been here 5+ times
    HVAC pub in the Southwest terminal has good food to go or sit down. I had their fish and chips. Stick with beer or wine. Cocktails are pricey. Good service.
  • Shelly M.
    Shelly MaddoxAugust 22
    TSA Pre-check is in a different area than the normal security gates. Make sure you go all the way to the right to access precheck gates!
    Upvoted Sep 22
  • Jeff V.heart icon on user image
    Jeff Van WykFebruary 22, 2016
    Been here 100+ times
    Bathroom lines got you down? Try the ones hiding in the C1,2,3 gates area. They're smaller but usually empty.
  • Hugo G.
    Hugo GraciaDecember 1, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    TSA must have a roulette wheel wheel they spin to determine how the security checkpoints are going to be laid out that day. I travel on average once a month and the variance is significant.
  • Mike C.heart icon on user image
    Mike CDecember 2, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    They do a decent job of getting jets in & out of this neighborhood. Reminds me of an airport.
  • JimJam N.
    JimJam NorrisAugust 9, 2013
    Bring your food bought elsewhere into the menu-less Reilly's Daughter Pub for a nice meal and a drink out of the bustling food court. It's a win win!
  • Pavitra A.
    Pavitra AvinashDecember 7, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    Clean and nice airport. When you’re in transit, moving between gates and concourse, then better hurry. each concourse takes some time to reach by walk
  • Dana Simone S.heart icon on user image
    Dana Simone StovallSeptember 2, 2021
    Been here 100+ times
    Some of the restaurants have an app. Download it before you arrive and order your food to pick or have it delivered to your gate; especially if you’re running late.
  • Ouida R.
    Ouida Ricardo'sdaughterDecember 20, 2013
    If you get there a lil early to pick someone up go straight to the cell Phone lot on 61st & Cicero to wait those few minutes, instead of getting harassed by the Traffic Attendants.. #Patience
  • Sam W.
    Sam WingFebruary 13, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    If you have time and not too much baggage, walk from the parking garage to the terminal. Awesome view of takeoffs and landings.
  • Sean M.heart icon on user image
    Sean MillerJuly 24, 2017
    Love flying through MDW. If you flight leave in the early morning, arrive early. Security and check in lines can get insane!
  • Monika M.
    Monika McMahonSeptember 8, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Flying Southwest? Forget to print your ticket? They have super secret computers next to the security checkpoint. No more standing in line for your ticket!
  • Jim W.
    Jim WFebruary 11, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    TSA Pre-Check could mean extra checks for you, but if you're lucky, it's way easier: leave everything in your bags, leave shoes on. Woo!
  • karlyn w.
    karlyn williamsMay 9, 2014
    I got randomly selected for the "screening" they swiped my hands and I hopped the entire security line! No removing of my shoes, liquids or laptop. Easy peasy. Pleasant surprise!
  • Kyle Y.
    Kyle YoderApril 9, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    In the B terminal (southwest) there is a great salad made fresh place called springs. Great salad esp for airport food. An yea ij, coffee is terrible.
  • Marissa S.heart icon on user image
    Marissa SeeAugust 23, 2019
    Been here 50+ times
    The CTA (public transit) is about 15 minutes, inside, to the station. You’ve been warned. The orange line is probably one of the least accommodating for suitcases, but it runs.
  • Jake B.
    Jake ByczkowskiSeptember 23, 2013
    If this is your first time traveling... You'll wanna hit up the expert travelers line. It's where all the veteran travelers stand around helping all the newbies. They're real nice people
  • Lele D.
    Lele DNovember 18, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    I had never heard real Chicago accents before ... Only SNL spoofs ... Totally accurate. All of the announcements are in this thick Dick Butkus voice. Adorbs!!
  • Judy B.
    Judy BellemNovember 20, 2013
    SWAir/Midway has pre-select security check for select passangers. No need to remove shoes or take things out of their bag. Very nice!!
  • Terena B.
    Terena BellMay 1, 2011
    The women's room by the chapel & the USO is the cleanest & is a great place to change clothes because there's hardly ever anyone else in there & there's lots of counter space.
  • Sara
    SaraMay 15, 2014
    Free WiFi :) There are typically outlets to charge electronics but they're typically taken. As always, give yourself 40-60 min of flex time to accommodate for lines etc.
  • Michael B.
    Michael BrandvoldJuly 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    You have to grab a Chicago Style Hot Dog from Gold Coast Dogs. The BEST hot dog you will ever have.
  • Mark B.
    Mark ButterfieldAugust 13, 2021
    Been here 10+ times
    Long walks to the gates over 10. TSA precheck closes at about 8 so you get forced into taking off shoes, belt etc.
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