Sound Insulation Programs

Midway Residential Sound Insulation Program​

The Mayor of Chicago, the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA), and the Midway Noise Compatibility Commission (MNCC) are strongly committed to the Midway Residential Sound Insulation Program (RSIP). The RSIP aims to reduce the impact of aircraft noise in homes surrounding Chicago Midway International Airport.

The goal of the program is to make it easier for the highest impacted homeowners surrounding Midway to talk on the phone, watch TV, listen to music, sleep, or have a conversation in their own homes. By properly sound-insulating these homes, homeowners not only gain a quieter interior, but may also benefit from long-lasting improvements and increased efficiency in their heating and cooling systems. Should your home become eligible for the program, you will receive a letter from the CDA inviting you to an informational briefing.

To date, 10,175 homes near Midway have been sound-insulated at a cost of more than $228 million.

Property Locator
Sound Insulating Your Home Handbook
​Fact Sheet - Residential Sound Insulation Program at Chicago Midway International Airport

To find out if your home is eligible for the Midway RSIP, please call 773.894.3255 and leave a voicemail.

If your home was already sound-insulated and you have a question about warranty work, please call the Midway RSIP Office at 773.838.5632.

​Odorous Windows

In 2017 the City of Chicago ordered testing to determine the source of sporadic odors associated with some of the windows installed as part of the Residential Sound Insulation Program (RSIP). The results of the first phase of this testing program conducted from September through December 2017 are found in a report by Amec Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure, a certified industrial hygienist consulting firm.

CDA Letter to Midway homeowners (January 10, 2018)​ 
CDA Press Release (January 12, 2018)​
Amec (now known as Wood) Report - Phase II Odor Complaint Acoustical Window Off-Gas Sampling and Odor Analysis January through June 2018​ (July 25, 2018)​
Intertek Report - ​​Window Evaluation and Mitigation Vinyl Acoustical Windows (July 19, 2018)​

Midway School Sound Insulation Program​

The goal of the Midway School Sound Insulation Program (SSIP), which began in 1991, is to reduce aircraft noise levels in schools and create a quieter learning environment for students attending schools near Midway.

To date, 41 schools near Midway have been sound-insulated at a cost of more than $105 million.

Fact Sheet - School Sound Insulation Program at Chicago Midway International Airport​​​​​​​