Chicago Midway Airport

Chicago Midway Airport MDW

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Airport Overview

Midway Airport MDW is the second-largest Airport (after O'Hare) of both the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois - serving Greater Chicago and its surrounding counties. It is located 8 miles from downtown Chicago, Illinois, and borders the suburbs of Burbank & Clearing. The airport is operated by the Chicago Department of Aviation.

Chicago Midway is becoming one of the fastest-growing airports in North America. It is readily accessible from Chicago's center in less than 30 minutes via the Stevenson Expressway.

Airport Stats & Facts

  • In 2017, MDW started its $248M upgrade by unveiling 21 new food & retail concessions located in the area where Southwest Airlines dominates.
  • In 2018, it was the 27th busiest airport in the US and the 29th busiest in North America, in terms of passenger traffic.
  • In 2019, MDW Airport served more than 20 million passengers.
  • The Airport has approximately 233 daily direct flights.
  • Presently, Midway Airport is the second largest airport in the Chicago metropolitan area.

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Airport Traveling Tips

  • Airport peak hours are between 5 am & 8:30 am and between 3 pm and 6 pm.
  • Arrive 2 hours before a domestic flight departure and 3 hours before an international flight departure to account for TSA security wait times and any possible delays.
  • To avoid TSA checkpoint delays - check your pockets before getting to the front line and put all items in your carry-on bag!
  • Take a few minutes to look at the Midway Airport Map before heading to the airport for a flight.

Flight Status

Airport Terminals

Chicago Midway Airport has one passenger terminal with Concourses A, B, and C and the concourses have 43 aircraft gates.

  • Concourse A - 17 gates
  • Concourse B - 23 gates
  • Concourse C - 3 gates

Airlines Served

The Airport serves various airlines including Delta Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Frontier Airlines, and more. View the full list of airlines served at MDW airport.

Airport Parking

Short-term and Long-term Parking

Parking at MDW Airport is available onsite. From hourly and daily parking to long-term parking, there are several parking options at Midway International Airport.

Off-site Parking

Many parking lots offer affordable off-site parking near Midway Airport. Most of the off-site parking lots allow 24/7 access.

Ground Transport

After arriving at the airport, passengers have several options for ground transport to their next destination. Some of the transportation options include airport shuttles, car rentals, buses, and trains. In addition, many passengers also utilize ride services like Uber, Lyft, and taxis.

Airport Car Rental

Car Rentals are a breeze at MDW. There are multiple car rental agencies onsite at the airport. Hertz, Enterprise, National, and other well-known car rental providers offer airport travelers a large variety of vehicles to choose from.

Airport Shuttles

Airport Shuttle Services are a great way to travel from the Chicago Midway Airport.

Buses & Trains

Public transportation is available from the airport to all major areas nearby. Most modes of transportation are located at the main entrance area of the terminal. Both Orange Line Trains and CTA buses serve Chicago.

Amenities & Services

To help you enjoy your stay, Midway Airport provides visitors with many different amenities and services including:

  • Restaurants, cafes, and bars.
  • Stores, gift shops, and local souvenir shops.
  • Shoe shine stations and massage bars.
  • Multiple art installations and exhibits on display.
  • Free Wi-Fi internet throughout the entire airport.
  • Currency exchange.

Passenger Pickup and Drop-off

  • Arriving passengers can be picked up at the lower level at the outermost curb front.
  • Passengers can be dropped off at the curb in front of any concourse. Follow the signs for Departures which lead you to the upper-level roadway.

Contact Information

Address: 5700 South Cicero Ave, Chicago, IL 60638, USA


Phone: (773) 838 0600 or 838 9111

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Midway Airport: A Brief History Timeline

  • In 1923, Midway Airport was built on a 320-acre plot and was originally named Chicago Air Park.
  • In1927, its name changed to Chicago Municipal Airport and was initially designed to serve airmail services.
  • In1928, MDW Airport owned 12 hangars and 4 runaways.
  • In 1931, a new passenger terminal was opened.
  • In 1982, the city of Chicago purchased Midway Airport from the Chicago Board of Education for $16 million.
  • In 2009, a construction project was added to the concourse A.
  • In 2018, construction began for the expansion of security checkpoints and the main parking garage.
  • Currently, MDW Airport is the second largest airport in the Chicago metropolitan area, serving more than 22 million passengers.

Chicago Midway Airport Q&A

Yes. While the official name is Chicago Midway International Airport, it is commonly referred to as Midway Airport, Chicago Midway, and MDW.
MDW is located 8 miles from both downtown Chicago, Illinois.
Passengers are permitted to sleep in the Midway Airport. It remains open 24 hours a day and visitors can stay airside overnight. We also recommend these awesome Midway layover ideas.
Being one of the busiest airports in the midwest, you can fly to many cities around the world. Check out our direct flights page to see where you can go.

Traveler Help

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Are there baggage carts in the baggage claim area at Midway?

By Valerie - Thursday, 30 September, 2021, 5:50 PM

Answered By: iFly Staff

Yes, Smarte Cartes are available at Midway MDW in the baggage claim area. 

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Which concourse does southwest airlines use?

By Dee Rouse - Friday, 1 October, 2021, 12:18 PM

Answered By: iFly Staff

At MDW, Southwest Airlines is the dominant carrier, and they use both Concourses (A & B). Be sure to track your Southwest flight or check with Southwest to get specific information about your designated arrival or departure gate. 

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Family member lost phone on Friday October 1st in or near women's restroom at Gate B16 or at Gate B16. Lost around 12:20pm. How do we report loss?

By Jannete - Saturday, 2 October, 2021, 6:13 PM

Answered By: iFly Staff

Since it was in the public areas of the terminal you would contact Midway Communication Center at (773) 838-0656 or you can check out MDW Lost and Found info. 

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How long of a walk from B Terminal Gates B2 to B24? I have a bad ankle.

By John A Rolek - Friday, 15 October, 2021, 3:01 PM

Answered By: iFly Staff

From B2 to B24 is about 400 yards. 

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Does Chicago Midway have a computer store?

By Mary Teresa Taegel - Sunday, 17 October, 2021, 5:17 PM

Answered By: iFly Staff

There are two iStores (authorized Apple stores) in the airport. Not computer stores, per se, but they do have various electronics. One is located near Concourse A at the Food Hall, and the other is in Concourse B near Gate B17. Good luck. 

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Trying to decide whether to get a wheelchair from Concourse B to baggage claim?

By Margaret Vargo - Thursday, 21 October, 2021, 4:45 PM

Answered By: iFly Staff

That wouldn't be a bad idea - contact your airline directly to request wheelchair assistance, they will meet you at the plane and take you right to the baggage claim area. 

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