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 and 2018 the City of Chicago ordered testing to determine the source of odors associated with some of the vinyl windows installed as part of the RSIP. All of the testing reports are provided below. 

January 2018
CDA Letter to Midway homeowners (January 10, 2018)​ 
CDA Press Release (January 12, 2018)​

Mechanical problems: The CDA has confirmed 165 homes with RSIP windows in need of mechanical repairs only and has begun addressing these homes. Homes with confirmed mechanical problems will be repaired under the manufacturer’s warranty. In the event a manufacturer’s warranty is in place but the company has gone out of business, the CDA will address repairs on outstanding mechanically defective windows.

Odor Problems: The CDA has confirmed approximately 700 homes with odorous windows. For these homes, the CDA will offer new screens. This solution was recommended by the City’s third-party expert, which confirms that replacement of PVC-coated screens with new non-PVC coated screens provides the most effective and expedient form of relief from RSIP windows odors. Work to replace screens will begin this spring, and the City estimates it can complete this mitigation in up to 300 homes per year. Any mechanical issues identified during odor mitigation will also be addressed.

To prevent defective window products being used going forward, the CDA will revise the window specification for all future RSIP phases. Specifications are currently being revised as needed with input based on an assessment by third-party architectural experts, Intertek-ATI (Intertek).

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​​​​​​​