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Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)

Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)

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Midway Airport, Chicago
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    "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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  • Robert S.
    Robert StevensonJune 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    If you are at midway, i would recommend the airplanes. They are very large and will get you to your destination quickly.
  • JAG
    JAGJuly 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The slider place by B19 requires a 20 min wait as they cook to order and you can't mix and match. A sign stating these things would be helpful.
  • FlightCenter.com
    FlightCenter.comJanuary 5, 2012
    TSA TIP #1: Before getting to the screening check points clean out your clothing pockets as well as any metals/jewelry etcetera and put them into your carryon bags (or jacket pockets) ahead of time.
  • FlightCenter.com
    FlightCenter.comJanuary 5, 2012
    TSA TIP #5 Once through the x-ray machines take your belongings (trays) off the belts & get re-packed & dressed in the areas designated for this rather than holding up the lines at the x-ray machines.
  • Colin M. F.
    Colin M. FordJanuary 2, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Terminal B, the Taylor Street Market is a decent, healthy-ish option in a sea of fast food.
  • Paul T.heart icon on user image
    Paul TroupeAugust 16, 2014
    Expert line is great, plenty of good food available. Southwest has lots of outlets available!
  • Jim H.
    Jim HowardJune 8, 2013
    There are nice chairs with electrical and usb outlets under the full sized WWII fighter airplane at the entrance to SWA concorse A.
  • Phaedra L.heart icon on user image
    Phaedra LeslieOctober 21, 2018
    Been here 50+ times
    Use curbside check in. Or, bring a carry on and head straight to the center departures doors to go right to the escalators to security.
  • FlightCenter.com
    FlightCenter.comJanuary 5, 2012
    TSA TIP #4 When loading your belongings onto the x-ray belts load them in an order to help expedite at the other end. THINK, (a) suit case first, (b) laptop bags/purse, & (c) your shoe & belts tray.
  • Gary C.
    Gary ConawayJuly 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Illinois Bar and Grill is MDW's best kept secret. Breakfast is AMAZING and the burgers only get better. Also serve beer earlier than most here. :-)
  • Amol K.heart icon on user image
    Amol KOctober 23, 2014
    Much more convenient than O'Hare to Chicago (Loop and surrounding areas) if you take the El rather than a taxi
  • Margot B.
    Margot BloomsteinMarch 22, 2012
    Hit Pegasus on the Fly in the main food court area for terrific breakfast and great Greek hand food anytime.
  • Shaun R.
    Shaun RepettoFebruary 3, 2012
    Love the chairs with chargers in the seats! You can charge your electronics and sit at the same time! Makes long layovers a little better.
  • Xani P.
    Xani PodolnyMay 28, 2011
    All bars and food places are inside security. So, when u have to retrieve your bag, but then have to wait for your friends flights to arrive, u have to wait at bag claim, hungry and sober.
  • Helen B.heart icon on user image
    Helen BoscoSeptember 26, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    I love this place because it's less crowded than O'hare. But the lack of free wifi is incredibly frustrating :(
  • Dana Simone S.heart icon on user image
    Dana Simone StovallSeptember 2, 2021
    Been here 100+ times
    You can bring your empty water bottle through TSA; there are several filtered water stands throughout the terminals to fill it up before you board. #Hydrate
  • Vivienne G.heart icon on user image
    Vivienne GucwaOctober 8, 2014
    At B12 there is an honest to goodness salad stand with fresh, nutritious fare. A rarity in airports!
  • Frank H.
    Frank HattulaOctober 18, 2011
    You can't bring bottled water with you through TSA; however you CAN bring an empty water bottle. Pack one in your carry-on so that you can fill it up at the water fountain before you board.
  • Laura M.
    Laura M.May 6, 2018
    Airport staff are never very pleasant but I found the staff at Midway to be extra bad. From security staff to the staff at the food vendors, everyone was incredibly rude. Prepare to be yelled at a lot
  • Nate R.
    Nate RiggsMay 23, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Found a RedMango in the B terminal. This is some 'must have' frozen yogurt. Get the fresh strawberries on yours. #awesome
  • Samantha L.heart icon on user image
    Samantha LeeAugust 4, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Park at the far side of the parking garage, the doors at the end lead straight to to baggage claim.
  • Dean H.
    Dean HanlonMarch 1, 2013
    Named for its location mid-way between IL's two busiest commerce hubs of the 19th c., Kankakee and Dekalb. Formerly a grandiose bus station, Midway International is Chicago's only functioning airport.
  • Zac H.
    Zac HarrisSeptember 25, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Be sure to use the moving sidewalks to get between gates faster. Remember, walk on the left, stand on the right!
  • Sandra E.
    Sandra EllenApril 18, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Wipe off seat before you sit. Some cultures finds it perfectly acceptable to put their feet in seats.
  • Tony W.
    Tony WebsterJuly 8, 2014
    The PreCheck line is on the far right, you speed right on through and it's an entirely different security section. Totally worth it.
  • Make My Day Monday
    Make My Day MondayJanuary 30, 2012
    Pick a friend up or take them to the airport... help someone with their luggage! Lots of good deeds can be done when traveling is involved! #MMDM
  • Lauren G.
    Lauren GlatthornFebruary 16, 2012
    Bring an empty water bottle- you can fill it up once you're through security at the awesome water bottle fountains
  • Ted C.
    Ted CoppockJune 22, 2014
    Two hour layover changing flight turned to four due to extreme thunder an lightning storm causing a "ground stop". Home at 11 PM vs 9 PM. Personnel fantastic! Extreme weight persons should pay more
  • PreciselyVeiled T.heart icon on user image
    PreciselyVeiled TattooSeptember 26, 2017
    Nuts on Clark and Potbelly's by gate b2 newly added Dunkin donut kiosks and pokestops. Usually where I have a layover.
  • Jim R.heart icon on user image
    Jim RuvalcabaAugust 24, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Instead of the cell phone lot, use the short-term parking which leaves you just steps from the arrivals and meet your party in person as they get in. It's only $2 for a half hour of $4 for one hour.
  • Eric G.
    Eric GonzalezSeptember 5, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    This is actually a pretty busy airport. If u have time to kill. Stop by Harry Carey Bar and have a beer. That's the spot to be.
  • Aaron R.
    Aaron RobinsonApril 6, 2014
    Check out the Art of Science images near A4. Amazing work from the Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois.
  • John D.
    John DrogosDecember 19, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Tourists! Chicago is a public transit city! Try out the orange line to downtown, avoid the hassle of driving in Chicago and paying 100$ a night to park in the loop
  • Regina L.
    Regina LeeFebruary 19, 2012
    Breakfast at the Illinois Bar and Grill - eggs, waffles or French toast and don't forget the home fries and Texas toast.
  • jiresellheart icon on user image
    jiresellAugust 1, 2017
    The smaller of the two Chicago airports. Very convenient to downtown.
  • Josh L.
    Josh LeveySeptember 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Use the curb side check in if you're here around 4:30, as the line is way shorter since the ticket counters don't open until then, to avoid the long lines inside.
  • Michelle B.
    Michelle BNovember 5, 2010
    Need to power up? If on Concourse A, head to the Traveler Center just past McD's. There is an outlet conveniently next to one of the phone booth stations. Makes the perfect desktop for working :)
  • Ian W.
    Ian WilsonDecember 6, 2018
    Been here 50+ times
    Security lines are very short. Food options are improving. Still hard to get a seat for dinner on Thursday nights
  • Danny T.
    Danny ThompsonApril 17, 2013
    The cod sandwich at Oak Street Beach Cafe is very good! Nice portion with fries.
  • Andrew S.heart icon on user image
    Andrew ScuttMarch 31, 2014
    Southwest flights, security is usually quick and polite, only drawback is the distance from the Northside.
  • Josh V.
    Josh VDecember 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    If you are at an A4 gate get here early. I've been at remote parking lots closer to the main terminal.
  • Jennifer H.
    Jennifer H. F.August 4, 2018
    HVAC Bar has excellent breakfast sandwiches. It’s next to fro yo to complete your breakfast experience
  • Ron J.heart icon on user image
    Ron JeramiahOctober 25, 2018
    Small airport to fly into and navigate through. Beats O’Hare any day
  • MacK L.
    MacK LedFebruary 22, 2012
    If you're religious, visit the chapel here. It's a really nice place to get some quiet reflection time before or after a flight.
  • Shaun R.
    Shaun RajahJuly 9, 2012
    Welcome to Chicago! A must stop is the Palm Court at the Drake hotel for Afternoon Tea! Live harp music all year around !
  • Stephanie S.
    Stephanie SheppardNovember 13, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The "no carry-on bag" express security line is only worth it if there's an open security lane dedicated to it. If it all directs to all lanes, just pick the shortest line.
  • Dewey H.
    Dewey HollemanApril 18, 2013
    It's best to eat in the food court because there is little to choose from elsewhere. In bust periods there can be a shortage of gate area seating.
  • UpShift Digitalheart icon on user image
    UpShift DigitalMarch 1, 2017
    Been here 100+ times
    This isn't a good airport for food or drinks. Come with just enough time to catch your flight and get out.
  • Jason M.heart icon on user image
    Jason MeriwetherNovember 3, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Best view sitting on right sude of plane coming from the East!
  • Sharon U.
    Sharon UlepMarch 22, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Hands down the fastest TSA experience I have ever been through. It looks crazy, but the were impressively efficient.
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