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!

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Construction Update - October

Security Checkpoint Expansion

Inside the terminal, several TSA lanes have shifted within the existing checkpoint area to allow work to begin on the widening of the checkpoint. This checkpoint configuration will remain until late Spring 2019. Temporary construction walls are going up and there will be signs to guide passengers to the relocated lanes.

Outside the terminal, Cicero Avenue lane closures will move to the southbound side in early November and traffic flow will move to the north side (current work area). Two lanes will still be open in each direction with the change. Once the construction area has moved, barrier walls will be installed on the exterior of the north security hall, so the east façade can be demolished.

Sidewalks along the west side of Cicero Avenue remain closed through Summer 2019.

security checkpoint expansion

Traffic pattern change on Cicero Avenue expected in November as progress on the new checkpoint moves forward.

Most of the construction barriers on the lower level roadway next to the terminal have been removed as work in the north portion and part of the south portion of the arrivals lanes is now complete. Many of these areas have already opened to passengers. The remaining construction in the south portion of the roadway is expected to be complete before Thanksgiving and intermittent lane closures will continue until then.

Nightly lane closures for both the north and south portion of the lower level roadway will be used for the duration of construction. Some ground transportation options have moved temporarily during the work. Here is the complete list.

In November, construction activity will pick up in the south arrivals/departures area as steel and bridge erection begins and a concrete pour is planned over the south arrivals/departures area. This work will require lane closures in several areas of the roadway system.


Terminal Parking Garage Expansion

To make way for garage construction, several changes are now in place around the CTA Orange Line Station for the duration of construction, including:

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

The east lane of Kilpatrick Avenue (access road) behind the terminal garage remains closed through October for storm sewer work.  Employee shuttle buses will continue to operate from existing locations.

Temporary Kiss & Ride lot entrance of 59th Street also offers access to the CTA Orange Line Station.

Storm sewer installation on Kilpatrick Avenue (access road) behind the parking garage expected to be complete by end of the month.

A new pedestrian walkway between the CTA Orange Line station and the terminal building will be built in November. Pedestrians will be rerouted to the terminal at ground level. Signs will be in place to help people adjust to the new connection to the terminal.

Passengers and employees should continue to use the pedestrian bridge (accessed from Level 3 of the parking garage) to get to the CTA Orange Line station until the ground-level walkway opens. The existing pedestrian bridge will be closed and demolished approximately a week after the temporary walkway opens. A new pedestrian bridge will be built as part of the garage expansion.

Crews have started on the new exit ramp from southbound Cicero Avenue to the parking garage. Minimal traffic impacts are expected. On the south helix (circular ramp), crews are replacing lighting and heating systems. This work will continue through the end of the year. Traffic may slow down when passing the work area but no closures are expected.


Concessions Redevelopment Program

Construction is underway in Concourse A for two new offerings coming to Midway.

  • Big Shoulder’s Coffee (near Gate A14)

First stand-alone location at Midway for popular, local brand

  • Fuel Bar (Gates A4A/A4B)

New concept in convenience fare for Midway travelers

Planning and development for the next round of food and retail options coming to Midway continues with several locations expected to be under construction later this year. The options include new concepts to the airport, with a mix of both nationally recognized and local favorites.

  • Einstein Bagels (Gate A7)

Nationally recognized brand being introduced at Midway

  • DeColores (Gate A7)

Permanent location added to Concourse A

  • Hudson (Gate A5)

New location for Hudson’s flagship convenience store on Concourse A

  • F.A.O. Schwarz (Gate A5)

One of the oldest and most iconic toy brands in the world

  • Ink (Gate B17)

Specialty retailer featuring curated collection of bestsellers, small press titles, classics, and more, plus toys, stationery, and travel essentials

Later this fall, demolition of the moving walkway adjacent to Gates B7/B9 will take place to open space for the new restaurant Hubbard Inn.