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.

As the construction affects more areas in and around the airport, we will continue to provide updates to help you plan accordingly. Follow us on Twitter for the latest. 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

Construction Update August

Security Checkpoint Expansion

The south bridge is now complete with all structural steel and the concrete deck in place. Additional steel work is planned for later in the project.

security checkpoint expansion

Crews finished the concrete for the south bridge deck in early August

Inside the terminal, the north mezzanine is also complete and open to the public along with three new sets of escalators and one new elevator. In the baggage claim area, lower level door #3 and door #4 have re-opened.

security checkpoint expansion security checkpoint expansion

Light filled clerestory windows and additional escalators are features of the recently opened north mezzanine

In early August, construction walls moved from the north side to the south side of the terminal on all three levels – baggage claim, mezzanine, and ticketing. Lower level door #2, two existing escalators, and two existing elevators are on the south side are now closed because of the work and will remain closed for the duration of work through early 2020.

TSA will move to the north section of the new security pavilion when it is opens later this fall. Fifteen (15) total lanes will be available including the employee lane.

Nightly lane closures continue across the arrivals lanes with all lanes open during the day. Nightly closures are also occurring on Cicero Avenue with two lanes in each direction open during the day.

Terminal Parking Garage Enhancements

Improvement work is ongoing on level 5 of the garage including replacement of vehicle wheel stops and re-striping of parking spaces as well as continued upgrades to lighting and painting. Temporary, partial closures are in place on level 5 while the work is underway. There are also temporary, partial lane closures in the north garage helix for LED light installation.

Access to the CTA Orange Line Station remains available at the temporary Kiss & Ride lot entrance off 59th Street.

Concessions Redevelopment Program

The lineup of new offerings at Midway continues to grow as existing and new spaces are transformed through the redevelopment program. Two Chicago classics will open next month. The permanent location of Home Run Inn (Gates B17/B19) will serve local, favorite pizza pies starting September 10. Midway favorite Harry Caray’s (Gates A9/A11) returns to the lineup with a new location and a new look on September 27.

Harry Caray’s – Concourse A

Home Run Inn – Concourse B

Construction gets underway in late August and early September on several more temporary and permanent locations, including:

  • Dunkin Donuts (Hudson/Central Market): Temporary location will be built in current Café Espresso space during September with an October opening.
  • Big City Chicken (Gate B7 - currently Tap & Pour): Construction begins end of August with opening planned for January 2020.
  • Sarah’s Candies (Gate B2 - currently Sweet Indulgences): Construction begins after Labor Day with a November opening.
  • Dunkin Donuts (Gate B20): Construction starts after Labor Day with opening planned for January 2020.

Big changes are coming to the Central Market this Fall! In mid-September, the retail kiosks in the middle of the Central Market will be removed to allow for a temporary seating configuration. This work will enable the next phase of concession redevelopment to begin in mid-October. Seating capacity will remain consistent during construction.

Building System Improvements

Improvements to Midway’s building systems began in August with minimal impacts, such as:

  • Brief, intermittent closures in different areas for HVAC and lighting upgrades.
  • Temporary closures at gates/waiting areas in Concourses C and A through early November. Only two gates will be affected at a time, and extra seating will be in place.

This project is expected to last up to a year but should not affect overall operations or travelers.