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 September

Security Checkpoint Expansion

Construction is now active on all levels of the south side of the terminal, including interior framing and installation of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems in the south bridge. Lower level door #2, two existing escalators, and two existing elevators remain closed for the duration of the work and escalator demolition is ongoing. In the baggage claim area, half of lower level door #4 is closed for reconstruction of Southwest Airlines baggage service office.

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.

security checkpoint expansion

Future TSA queueing area in north section of new security pavilion

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North façade of expanded checkpoint

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.

The existing TSA bridge over Cicero Avenue is expected to be demolished after Thanksgiving leading to some additional lane closures for airport roadways.

Terminal Parking Garage Enhancements

New elevators are under construction in the yellow (south) and red (north) garage lobbies. Parking and lighting improvements have moved to level 4 and include 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 4 while the work is underway. Temporary, partial lane closures continue 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

Two Chicago classics bring baseball flavor to Midway in September. The permanent location of Home Run Inn (Gates B17/B19) is now open and serving local, favorite pizza pies. At the end of the month, Midway favorite Harry Caray’s (Gates A9/ A11) returns to the lineup – look for a September 27 opening.

Home Run Inn brings local pizza selections to Concourse B

New construction also got underway this month on several permanent and temporary locations:

  • Dunkin Donuts (Hudson/Central Market): Temporary location will be built in current Café Espresso space with an October opening.
  • Dunkin Donuts End Cap (Gate B20): Construction got underway after Labor Day with opening planned for December 2019.
  • Big City Chicken (Gate B7 - currently Tap & Pour): Construction began mid-September with opening planned for January 2020.
  • Sarah’s Candies (Gate B2 – currently Sweet Indulgences): Construction begins early October with a December 2019 opening.

In October, travelers and employees will also see changes in the Central Market. Retail kiosks in the middle of the area 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) began in September 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 in Concourses C and A through early November. Only two gates will be affected at a time, and extra seating will be in place.

Work expected to last through next summer, but should not affect overall operations or travelers.