MOD Progress

​​Thank you to all of the drivers, travelers, neighbors, and employees and airline partners who have helped us get off to a great start with the Midway Modernization Program. We recognize the inconveniences that come with construction and appreciate your patience.

We are just getting started with bringing you a more modern Midway. As the construction affects more areas in and around the airport, we will continue to provide updates to help you plan accordingly. We appreciate your continued support and hope you’ll join in the excitement as we watch a modern Midway rise up around us!

Construction Progress Timeline
February 2018
March 2018
April 2018
May 2018

June 2018

Security Checkpoint Expansion

Checkpoint construction is getting underway inside the terminal and will primarily affect the north side of the building from June through early 2019. This includes the temporary closure of several elevator/escalator banks. All work areas are enclosed by barricade walls with construction happening from late in the evening to early morning. Areas affected by construction include:

  • Lower Level (Baggage Claim) – doors 3 & 4
  • Mezzanine Level – north elevator/escalator bank
  • Ticketing Level – north elevator/escalator bank and door 4

The south elevator/escalators banks on all levels – ticketing, mezzanine, and baggage claim – and doors 1 & 2 (lower level) will remain open. Signs are in place to help guide travelers through the terminal.

Outside on the lower lever, nightly lane closures in arrivals continues from 12:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. and are expected to last through late Fall. There are also nightly closures of one inner arrivals lanes (the lane next to median) at ride share/TNP Lanes and/or taxi lanes from 12:00 a.m. - 6:00 a.m. These will last through late Fall as well. Some ground transportation options are moving temporarily during the work. Here is the complete list .


Foundation work on Cicero Avenue is ongoing and will last several months. The long-term traffic shift for Cicero Avenue with two lanes open in both directions will continue at least through the end of the year.

security checkpoint expansion

Terminal Parking Garage Expansion

We’re excited to see all Modernization projects underway as the parking garage expansion begins this summer. Changes to access roads and CTA parking lots are expected to start in July. These include:

  • Lane closures on Kilpatrick Avenue beneath the existing parking garage.
  • Closure of Kilpatrick crosswalk to CTA Orange Line train.
    • Pedestrians can connect to the station using the elevated pedestrian walkway, which can be accessed on level 3 of the garage at the blue elevators.
  • Nightly closures of the existing parking garage’s south helix from 11:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m.
  • CTA Kiss and Ride lot will be closed and a temporary lot will be built within the CTA Park and Ride lot.
    • The existing Kiss and Ride lot will remain open while the temporary one is being built.
    • Drivers will be able to access the CTA Park and Ride lot and the temporary Kiss and Ride lot from W. 59th.
  • Single lane closures on westbound 59th Street during non-peak hours (there will be no closures between 6:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.).

Signs and traffic guides will be in place to help drivers and pedestrians adjust to changes to the traffic patterns.

Construction of new south parking garage entrance from northbound Cicero to begin later this Summer.

terminal parking garage expansion

  View of all the expanded garage once complete

Concessions Redevelopment Program

Three new permanent food and beverage locations are now open in Concourse B as part of the first phase of the Concessions Redevelopment Program.

  • Porkchop (Gate B14)
  • BIG & little’s (Gate B14)
  • Camden Food Co. (Gate B20)
Porkchop  MDW concessions grand opening sign  BIG & little’s

Construction on the new Concourse A Food Court continues near gate A7 and is expected to open in July. It will feature six new and returning food and retail offerings. Look for announcements as Midway’s exciting new options arrive.

The moving walkway removal in Concourse A (between gates A5-A7) will be completed by mid-late June.