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 October

Security Checkpoint Expansion

The TSA checkpoint is expected to move to the north section of the new security pavilion by early November. Equipment will be moved over night and the permanent relocation should only take a few days to complete. Once the north bridge opens, there will be 15 total screening lanes available.

Demolition on the existing TSA bridge over Cicero Avenue will get underway after the relocation. Work will initially be inside but then move to the outside leading to some lane closures for airport roadways after Thanksgiving. The closures will happen during night time hours and will be similar to intermittent closures already in place. The outer lanes between lower level door #2 and lower level door #3 (for rental car shuttles and passenger pickup) are expected to be affected.

Nearly all active construction is now on the south side of the terminal. Lower level door #2, two existing escalators, and two existing elevators remain closed for the duration of the work and escalator demolition continues. In the baggage claim area, half of lower level door #4 is closed for reconstruction of Southwest Airlines’ baggage service office (BSO). This area will reopen once Southwest Airlines and Delta move into new BSOs, which is expected to happen before Thanksgiving. 

security checkpoint expansion

North bridge over Cicero Avenue welcomes travelers to Midway

security checkpoint expansion

New north connector bridge opens in November

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

Elevator upgrades, such as automatic exit/entry doors and new heating/cooling units, began in all garage lobbies this month (yellow, blue, and red). Ongoing improvements to the garage include replacing vehicle wheel stops, re-striping parking spaces, and upgrading lighting and painting. There is a temporary closure planned on level 6 during the work, as well as periodic full and partial lane closures on Kilpatrick Avenue to paint ceilings.

Better safety features are also being incorporated during facility enhancements. New security cameras are being installed at stairwells and rescue assistance units are being upgraded.

CTA Orange Line Station access available at temporary Kiss & Ride lot entrance off of 59th Street.

Concessions Redevelopment Program

Midway favorite Harry Caray’s (Gates A9/A11) was re-introduced on October 1 and is serving up some of the classics from the Northside establishment. Construction continues this month on several permanent and temporary locations:

Harry Caray’s returns to Midway in a new location featuring local classics

Sports memorabilia at Harry Caray’s Midway

  • Dunkin Donuts (Hudson/Central Market): Temporary location will be built in current Café Espresso space with an opening later this month.
  • Dunkin Donuts End Cap (Gate B20): Construction is underway with an opening planned for January 2020.
  • Big City Chicken (Gate B7 - currently Tap & Pour): Construction is underway with an opening planned for January 2020.
  • Sarah’s Candies (Gate B2 – currently Sweet Indulgences): Construction planned for November with an opening planned for February 2020.

Retail kiosks in the middle of the Central Market will be removed mid-month to allow for a temporary seating configuration. This work will enable the next phase of concession redevelopment for the Central Market to begin in late October. Seating capacity will remain consistent during construction.

Building System Improvements

Renovations to the Chiller Plant (outside the terminal) continue into the Fall and support ongoing improvements to Midway’s building systems, including heating and cooling. Travelers and employees may notice brief, intermittent closures in different areas for HVAC and lighting upgrades. Temporary closures at gates/waiting areas are expected to resume in Concourses A and B in November. Only two areas at a time will be affected and extra seating will be in place. Work is expected to last through next summer but should not affect overall operations or travelers.