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
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Construction Update - August 2018

Security Checkpoint Expansion

Checkpoint construction continues inside the terminal and will affect more areas on the north side of the building as the contractor prepares to connect the new structure to the existing terminal.

Major changes starting in August and September include:

  • Temporary relocation of some TSA lanes with no reduction in screening abilities.
    • All 17 lanes will remain available for screening.
    • Signs will be in place to help guide travelers.
  • Barrier walls will be installed on the exterior of the north security hall after Labor Day so east façade can be demolished.

Outside the terminal, construction over arrivals lanes continues with the lane closures extending to the south portion of the roadway system. Nightly lane closures in arrivals continues from 12:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. and are expected to last through late Fall. On the north portion of the roadway system, pavement restoration is underway and many of the areas will be reopened to passengers after Labor Day.

Some ground transportation options have moved temporarily during the work. Here is the complete list.

Cicero Avenue lane closures will move to the southbound side after Labor Day and traffic flow will move to the north side (current work area). Two lanes to remain open in each direction.

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The future space for the new security pavilion being built north of the existing bridge over Cicero Avenue.

Terminal Parking Garage Expansion

Work on Kilpatrick Avenue behind the terminal garage got under way this month and only one lane is available for the next three months. Employee shuttle buses will continue to operate from existing locations.

The sidewalk and crosswalk on Kilpatrick Avenue also closed in early August. To get to the CTA Orange Line station, passengers and employees should use the pedestrian bridge accessed from Level 3 of the terminal parking garage.

Kilpatrick Avenue behind the garage will be down to one lane through October.

CTA’s Kiss & Ride lot is now closed for the duration of construction. A temporary Kiss & Ride lot in CTA’s Park & Ride lot opened in early August with access from 59th Street.

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Temporary Kiss & Ride lot and new access from 59th Street are open in CTA Park & Ride lot.

Signs and traffic guides will be in place to help drivers and pedestrians adjust to changes to the traffic patterns.

Concessions Redevelopment Program

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and community leaders officially opened the new Concourse A Food Hall between gates A5 and A7 in August. The new 15,000-square-foot space leverages a previously undeveloped area to bring a unique mix of local Chicago brands and new retail options to Midway travelers.

New food and retail offerings include:

  • Billy Goat Tavern
  • Woodgrain Neapolitan Pizzeria
  • Arami
  • Nuts on Clark
  • Reilly’s Daughter
  • iStore
Concessions Redevelopment Program

(L-r) Erin O'Donnell, Managing Deputy Commissioner, CDA; Chicago Alderman Matt O'Shea (19th Ward); IL State Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D); CDA Commissioner Jamie L. Rhee; Antonio Halbert, Midway Partnership employee; Sammy Patel, CEO, Midway Partnership and Ty Fujimura, Owner, Arami (restaurant), joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a ribbon-cutting event for the new Food Hall at Midway on August 14, 2018.


The open and light-filled Food Hall space also features seating for 200, charging stations, and “privacy” chairs for quiet moments.

Planning and development is underway for more food and retail options in Concourse A, including:

  • Big Shoulders Coffee
  • Einstein Bagels
  • DeColores
  • Fuel Bar