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 May

Security Checkpoint Expansion

Steel installation is now complete on north side of the security pavilion offering a preview of the new larger checkpoint area. Later this summer, some of the TSA equipment will move to the north portion of the security pavilion. Fifteen (15) lanes will be available once the move is complete including the employee lane.

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Interior spaces for the new security pavilion are taking shape on both sides of the existing checkpoint. The north section is expected to open later this summer.

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Rooftop views show exterior progress on the new security pavilion with steel work continuing on the south side of the checkpoint and the roof taking shape on the north side.

Deep foundations for the south section will be finished by the end of May, with the remaining bridge and roof steel to follow. A weatherproof barrier is also in place now setting the stage to connect the new south section of the pavilion to the terminal.

Construction walls on north side of baggage claim will be removed later this summer.

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Span of new pavilion over Cicero Avenue

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 Expansion

The east lane of Kilpatrick Avenue (access road) behind the terminal garage has been repaved and is now open. A big thank you to roadway users for their patience! Employee shuttle buses will continue to operate from existing locations.

Improvements to the existing garage, including better lighting and barrier walls in key areas, continue with minimal impacts to drivers.

Changes around the CTA Orange Line Station continue for the duration of construction and include:

  • Kilpatrick Avenue closed from 59th Street to station - buses allowed.
  • Station access is available at temporary Kiss & Ride lot entrance off 59th Street (existing Kiss & Ride lot has closed).

New lighting going in over Kilpatrick Avenue (access road) behind the parking garage before it reopened.

Concessions Redevelopment Program

The official openings of Einstein Bros. Bagels and DeColores (Concourse A) were celebrated with ribbon cuttings at the beginning of May. Both locations of Ink (Gate A10 & B17) are expected to open in mid-May before Memorial Day weekend. The specialty retailer features books, toys, gifts, and more.

The removal of moving walkways in Concourses A and B is complete, and three new restaurants are now under construction in these newly opened spaces. Planned openings for this Summer and Fall include:

  • Hubbard Inn (Gates B7/B9): The first airport location for this iconic Chicago brand is expected to open by the end of June.
  • Home Run Inn (Gates B17/B19): The Chicago classic is expected to open in mid-September.
  • Harry Caray’s (Gates A9/A11): This Midway favorite is expected to open in October.

Hubbard Inn set to open this summer.

Development is ongoing for additional food and retail options that are expected to open by the end of the year. The options include new concepts to the airport, with a mix of both nationally recognized and local favorites:

  • iStore (Gate B15): Flagship tech store for electronic needs open by mid-July.
  • Sarah's Candies (Gate B2): Local confectioner offering handmade chocolates and other sweets open by end of October.
  • Big City Chicken (Gate B7): Local restaurant known for crispy chicken and quick serve entrees open by end of December.
  • Dunkin Donuts (Concourse B): Bestseller of coffee, baked goods, and more open by end of December.