The installation of the EV charging stations and anticipated increase of EV use at O'Hare and Midway supports the City of Chicago's goal to reduce Chicago's greenhouse gas emissions to 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2020, as outlined in the Chicago Climate Action Plan.


Six Level II electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and one Level III 'Quick Charge' station are located at Midway. All stations are available for public use.

-Two stations are located in the Cell Phone Lot, including a Level II and Level III Quick Charge station.
The 90-space Cell Phone Lot ​ is located at 61st and Cicero Avenue just south of the main airport entrance. The Cell Phone Lot is located less than four minutes from the main terminal area and is easily accessible to motorists.​

-Two Level II EV charging stations are located in the Long-Term Parking Garage (​Lot E) Level 1 (4799 West 54th Street).
Complimentary shuttle bus service is available from the Long-Term Parking Garage to the terminal 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. 

-Three more Level II stations are located in the Short-Term Parking Garage at the ground level (hourly parking) near Pillar #1J (5600 South Cicero Avenue).

The existing Level II EV chargers are 240 volt, 7.2 kilowatt and are capable of fully charging an EV in approximately three to eight hours. The Level III DC Quick Charge station in the Cell Phone Lot can fully charge an EV in about 30 minutes. The CDA has also installed two EV charging stations at O'Hare International Airport.


EV users can pay for charging either through a subscription service (non-airport related) or on a one-time basis using a credit card. 

Benefits of EV Charging Stations

The benefits of installing EV charging stations at O'Hare and Midway International Airports:

  • Support the development of EV charging capacity in the Chicago area
  • Lessen driver range anxiety by increasing the useful range of EVs
  • Meet the anticipated increase in demand for EVs as the number and variety of EVs increases
  • Improve energy security by displacing imported petroleum with domestically generated electricity, reducing dependency on foreign oil
  • Lower fuel costs and reduce uncertainty over varying fuel prices
  • Increase the use of EVs that:
    • Produce no tailpipe emissions (also no emissions from electrical production if a renewable energy source is utilized)
    • Support the use of vehicles that require less maintenance than internal combustion engine vehicles; e.g., no oil changes, no emissions testing, and smaller engine part inventories
    • Have efficient electric motors that convert about 75 percent of the chemical energy from the batteries to power the wheels (internal combustion engines only convert about 20 percent of the energy stored in gasoline)
Chicago Department of Aviation signage designating a parking space with electric vehicle charging