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 June

Security Checkpoint Expansion

Installation of the deep foundations for the south section of the new security pavilion is now complete. Additional structural work will continue with the remaining bridge and roof steel to follow.

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The new security pavilion fully spans Cicero Avenue (looking north).

Finishing work continues on the new north section of the security pavilion, which is expected to open later this Fall. Some of the TSA equipment will move to the north section once it opens with 15 total lanes available including the employee lane.

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The clerestory windows will fill the new pavilion with natural light – views from the outside and inside.

Later this summer, construction walls on the north side of baggage claim will be removed revealing three new sets of escalators and one new elevator. Two existing elevators will re-open at the same time.

Active construction will shift to the south side of baggage claim later this summer. At that time, two existing escalators and elevators will be taken out of service.

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New north elevators from ticketing to mezzanine will open later this summer.

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 Improvements

Improvements to the existing garage continue as crews upgrade lighting and begin painting different sections. A temporary closure is planned for the center of garage on level 1 during the work.

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).

Concessions Redevelopment Program

Openings for new restaurant and retail locations continue to move forward from spring into summer.

Specialty retailer Ink opened two stores (Gate A10 & B17) on May 17 offering books, toys, gifts, and more.

Iconic Chicago brand Hubbard Inn opened its first airport location (Gates B7/B9) on June 15. The new location brings a taste of the River North area to Midway.

In mid-July the flagship electronic retailer iStore (Gate B15) will open. It will feature all the essential electronic gifts and gadgets for those on the go.

Construction is ongoing for additional food and retail options that are expected to open this Fall and Winter.

  • The Chicago classic Home Run Inn (Gates B17/B19) is expected to open in mid-September.
  • Midway favorite Harry Caray’s (Gates A9/A11) is expected to open in October.
  • Local confectioner Sarah's Candies (Gate B2) is expected to open by the end of October and will offer handmade chocolates and other sweets.
  • Local restaurant Big City Chicken (Gate B7), known for crispy chicken and quick serve entrees, should open by the end of December.
  • Dunkin Donuts (Concourse B) should also open by the end of December bringing back its well-known coffee, baked goods, and more to Midway.