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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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  • Daune R.
    Daune RobinsonOctober 18, 2013
    Taxi fare will cost about $30 on way to a downtown hotel. If you have a little time, you can get a $25 ticket on Airport Express shuttle ($48 round trip).
  • Beach P.
    Beach PaceJuly 24, 2014
    For vegans/veggies there is a salad place in Concourse B ( I think) called Salad Sprigs. You can get a VERY hearty salad there. I do not recommend the "asian dressing" its way too sweet.
  • Jennie C.heart icon on user image
    Jennie CrichlowApril 3, 2022
    Been here 25+ times
    If you have an early flight, even on a Sunday, order ahead from Einstein Bros (Terminal A).
  • Matt S.
    Matt SiamiJanuary 5, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Bring a snack and a drink while you wait for your checked bags.
  • Big M.heart icon on user image
    Big MarkApril 15, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    The best airline #Southwest flies outta here which makes Midway our #1 option
  • Ryan S.heart icon on user image
    Ryan SpragueApril 18, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The best thing about Midway was great access to the rental cars. Not anymore, they moved them off site and what once took 5 minutes now takes 45. But they're glad you're here. Fail Midway Fail.
  • Lady G.
    Lady GoodnewsJuly 15, 2013
    One of the rare airports these days with a USPS mailbox to drop letters inside the security gate in terminal. Next to Let them eat cake in terminal C.
  • Courtney H.heart icon on user image
    Courtney HardyMay 13, 2017
    Always crazy here but a good airport that's much less of a headache than Ohare for domestic flights.
  • Edward P.
    Edward PhilippJuly 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Pegsus on the fly have a wonderful sausage wrap with cooked onion inside. Good enough to eat on each leg of the trip.
  • Brian J.heart icon on user image
    Brian JansenDecember 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Take a seat in Concourse C by Hudson News to eavesdrop on the latest airport gossip/drama. Cash register ladies like to talk LOUD!
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RailApril 22, 2013
    If you have more than three or four hours for a layover, hop on the orange line and hit the city. But get back at least an hour and a half before your flight since security can be slow.
  • Ciaheart icon on user image
    CiaAugust 7, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Choose this airport over ORD every time. Smaller, no constant gate changes, and you can walk straight to car rental!
  • Jonathan C.
    Jonathan ChizickJuly 10, 2013
    Don't miss the great historical display of the battle of Midway. Complete with videos and a life size WWII plane.
  • Martin S.
    Martin SlusarzOctober 13, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Baggage claim sucks here and is the only problem I see with this airport. Even though bags are free with Southwest, if you are in a hurry, carry it on!
  • Michael D.heart icon on user image
    Michael DorseyAugust 3, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Busy spot. Only 9.2 miles from downtown Chicago. Just a short ride on the Orange Line "L" Train
  • Charles R.
    Charles RobertsMarch 18, 2014
    Be careful booking early flights if you plan to take CTA as orange line train from city may not be running yet.
  • Kelly T.
    Kelly T.December 21, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're traveling during holidays, line to check baggage is >100 people & you, like me, cut timing way too close, check baggage outside. 1/5 wait time. They work for tip but I made my flight for $5.
  • van
    vanMay 18, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Always get here early, there's always a huge security line and nothing is organized!
  • Ahmad I.
    Ahmad IslamApril 25, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Pegasus Gyro Sandwich is a must do when flying out of Midway at lunch or dinner time!
  • Paul S.heart icon on user image
    Paul SauerMay 11, 2018
    They were very busy and the facility staff was visible; cleaning waiting area seats as they could. There were plenty of garbage cans; some people were not using them.
  • Paul M.
    Paul MarobellaJuly 14, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Far right line is if you have 1 personal carry on - much shorter and moves fast. Check your bag and bypass the masses.
  • Missy M.
    Missy MorrisAugust 30, 2012
    Southwest now has new comfy seats with electric & USB outlets in the gate areas. Always try to fly Southwest!!!
  • Mariana
    MarianaNovember 6, 2011
    Make sure you get here at least 3-4 hours before your flight on a Sunday around noon security is crazy and the lines are super long!!
  • A.J. W.
    A.J. WatsonMarch 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Stay to the left at security. Moves fast, extra lanes often open up!
  • Rich H.
    Rich H.October 11, 2013
    If you're hungry this airport has the best selection of restaurants I've ever seen at an airport.
  • Stephen
    StephenApril 11, 2019
    Been here 25+ times
    Love the convenience of Midway. Less hassle and easy to get to via CTA.
  • Justin R.heart icon on user image
    Justin RobinettDecember 22, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Security was quick. Instructions were clear at southwest as always.
  • austin g.
    austin gayerFebruary 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask for your bun toasted at Gild Coast Dogs and then get a beer at Lalos Mexican....yummmm!!
  • Nadia G.
    Nadia GedeonJuly 13, 2015
    Give yourself extra time for an early flight. TSA system is odd. One lane through for everyone
  • Matthew B.heart icon on user image
    Matthew BondSeptember 26, 2018
    It is currently under construction, so be sure to arrive a bit earlier for your flights. The TSA lines have been longer lately.
  • Kristen J.
    Kristen JSeptember 26, 2019
    Been here 5+ times
    Check out the yoga room near the C gates and get your Ohm on before a flight
  • Clifton C.
    Clifton CraigNovember 2, 2013
    Fly Southwest! The chairs at their terminals are equipped with electric outlets and they it mad jokes!
  • Tony T.
    Tony TalamantesAugust 21, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Boys flying home today we had a great summer and they have a new baby sister.
  • Gary B.
    Gary BushrodJanuary 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    If you have time, stop by Garrett's and get some popcorn. A must. Get the mix!
  • Connie V.
    Connie Van HoesenJuly 24, 2014
    MUCH easier to navigate than O'Hare. Definitely worth flying Southwest
  • Carrie S.
    Carrie SchaeferMay 24, 2013
    Outside curb check in is the way to go! Short lines and less wait time!
  • Abby N.
    Abby NichollOctober 26, 2010
    Potbelly is awesome here, but they just made my bacon egg lettuce and tomato sandwich sans lettuce and tomato. Check it before you walk away!!!!
  • Shannon V.
    Shannon VogelAugust 31, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    There's food and beverage in baggage claim so you can grab a drink while you wait on your bags!
  • Staci K.
    Staci KramerApril 1, 2012
    If your gate is A 4A/B start walking 20 minutes before you think you have to & bring everything you want from main terminal.
  • Victoria P.
    Victoria ParkerJanuary 7, 2013
    A4A and A4B is a long walk from the rest of Southwest gates. If you don't like a long walk take the tram
  • Patrick F.
    Patrick Finley (@pjfinley)December 25, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    If flying SWA, get there early. TSA moves fairly quick unless you have something to be inspected. Uh oh...
  • Meela P.
    Meela PalomxFebruary 6, 2022
    Been here 10+ times
    Midway Orange Line to the Chicago Loop $3 w/free transfer to any CTA train and bus combo #312 #773 #AskMeela
  • Lloyd M.
    Lloyd MurphyJuly 20, 2013
    What can I say about Midway? It's like most airports in many ways. But it's so much less nightmarish than O'Hare.
  • Elizabeth
    ElizabethDecember 10, 2013
    The special us not a special. They sell the water for $4 for 2 at the store anyway.
  • Cassie C.heart icon on user image
    Cassie CravenAugust 6, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Watch the security lanes before you commit to one. The middle and outer lanes usually go overlooked so they're the fastest.
  • Samsonite
    SamsoniteMay 3, 2011
    Have a rockin' time at Chicago Midway! Check out the row of 40 rocking chairs to relax in and a Blue Brothers exhibit in the House of Blues restaurant.
  • Janet C.heart icon on user image
    Janet CrawfordFebruary 18, 2018
    Been here 25+ times
    The Dunkin Donuts kiosk in the food court has stale glazed donuts! I arrived early before 4am.
  • Pathik B.
    Pathik BhattMay 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't go to the right most line when they check your id and boarding pass (right before the security check). You'll be waiting for wheel chairs and it will take twice as long.
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MeehanJuly 24, 2018
    Been here 10+ times
    TSA folks are grumpy and mean... get here early!!!
  • Julie K.
    Julie KierasJuly 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Great selection of food from ben & jerks to salad restaurant Chicago corned beef , hot dogs Greek food
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