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Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)

Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)

Midway Airport, Chicago
  • S_J L.
    "I always get something from gold coast dogs before my flight :)"(70 Tips)
    Erin K.
    "Potbelly's has awesome sandwiches & salads at a reasonable price"(76 Tips)
    Malicia W.
    "Best salad on the B concourse from the create your own salad shoppe."(49 Tips)
    Scott M.
    "The moving walkways provide excellent crop dusting opportunities."(35 Tips)
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  • Burt B.
    Burt BlanchardFebruary 3
    TSA Pre check is the way to go. It's worth it any time of day - regular security check is always a long wait. Not because of TSA, just people galore, always!
  • Hugo G.
    Hugo GraciaDecember 1, 2014
    TSA must have a roulette wheel wheel they spin to determine how the security checkpoints are going to be laid out that day. I travel on average once a month and the variance is significant.
  • Jennifer T.
    Jennifer TaylorSeptember 22, 2014
    Eat at Gold Coast Dogs. BEST hot dogs in Chicago!I love the Chicago Style hot dog 》Char Grilled Gold Coast Dog (Mustard, Relish, Onions, Tomato, Pickles, Sports Pepper & Celery Salt) MMM!!! :D
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Shayla S.
    Shayla SheltonAugust 9, 2014
    Don't go to Gold Coast, if you must send someone tall enough to see when they make them because they got order wrong twice and said I lied about my order while not giving anyone a receipt! Run-on sent
  • Beach P.
    Beach PaceJuly 24, 2014
    For vegans/veggies there is a salad place in Concourse B ( I think) called Salad Sprigs. You can get a VERY hearty salad there. I do not recommend the "asian dressing" its way too sweet.
  • Meredith B.
    Meredith BollingerJune 25, 2014
    Fingers crossed you get the far right security lane (which is also tsa pre check) because you don't have to take off your shoes or remove anything from your bag. 06/2014
  • Monika M.
    Monika McMahonJune 17, 2014
    Gate A4A and A4B are out of the way and don't have much seating BUT they have a bar with drinks to go! Get a drink and walk or take a seat near your gate.
  • Sara
    SaraMay 15, 2014
    Free WiFi :) There are typically outlets to charge electronics but they're typically taken. As always, give yourself 40-60 min of flex time to accommodate for lines etc.
  • Kurt V.
    Kurt VanderahApril 28, 2014
    Always, always go to the security line furthest to your left. People naturally go right, which makes it crowded; plus, they put extra staff (or open new lanes!) on the left.
  • Rae C.
    Rae C.April 15, 2014
    If you're stuck here overnight, there is a guest area near A4. Cots, blankets, and pillows are provided. Not ideal, but a decent place to rest. Thank you, Chicago Midway!
  • Kelly T.
    Kelly T.December 21, 2013
    If you're traveling during holidays, line to check baggage is >100 people & you, like me, cut timing way too close, check baggage outside. 1/5 wait time. They work for tip but I made my flight for $5.
  • Ouida R.
    Ouida Ricardo'sdaughterDecember 20, 2013
    If you get there a lil early to pick someone up go straight to the cell Phone lot on 61st & Cicero to wait those few minutes, instead of getting harassed by the Traffic Attendants.. #Patience
  • Brian C.
    Brian CNovember 23, 2013
    SWA MDW hub has greatly improved their ticket desk check-in process with increased staffing resulting in shorter wait times! TSA now opens express lanes when security lines get lengthy! 👍
  • Judy L.
    Judy LipinskiSeptember 5, 2013
    Don't eat at millers. Horrific seating. No room for purse let alone bags. Floors filthy nasty. World famous ribs. Meh. I'm not a negative person just trying to save others from our experience.
  • Alden Q.
    Alden QuimbyAugust 31, 2013
    Looking for coffee/breakfast? Go to Potbelly! You can get coffee at Intelligentsia and a solid breakfast sandwich. You might think you can find something better, but trust me, you won't.
  • Jaysyn L.
    Jaysyn LongoriaAugust 20, 2013
    Potbelly Sandwich is a must. Also, Gold Coast Dogs is decent but specializes in grilled dogs as opposed to the traditional steamed variety which are available upon request. Safe travels!
  • Michaela B.
    Michaela BradleyAugust 11, 2013
    Get here early just to browse the many (somewhat overpriced) interesting shops. Take a look at Spirit if Red Horse for unique jewelry and the bookstore right across from it is pretty good! :)
  • Josh K.
    Josh KramerJuly 27, 2013
    Manny's in concourse B is horrible. My only good experience with them was when I took a dump 3 hours later. Burned pizza, crazy small and over priced portions, and horrible attitudes. AVOID!!!
  • Antonio R.
    Antonio RiveraJuly 26, 2013
    Don't pass up chance to get a great bfast sandwich from potbelly early mornings because the line for mcDs tends to be super duper long for no reason...that I know of
  • George T.
    Potbelly and Manny's are good food choices. But WiFi's crap. Chances are you won't be able get on the overloaded "Free Public WiFi" and the paid Boingo WiFi is very buggy. BYO hotspot.
  • Sean C.
    Sean CarpenterJune 25, 2013
    Whichever security line you choose, the others are sure to move faster. Just chill and you'll be through soon. No matter how long it takes, flying is faster than driving!
  • Kelly C.
    Kelly ConradMay 18, 2013
    You can't check your bags at Southwest until 4 hours before your flight. If your hotel checkout is 11am and your flight isnt til 8pm, ask your hotel to hold your bags.
  • Jeremy M.
    Jeremy MalechaMay 3, 2013
    Literally THE WORST tsa screening In the US. I travel a ton. Get there early. On a Friday at 11am it took 1 hour from the end of line to clear the X-ray. Pay for business select
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RailApril 22, 2013
    If you have more than three or four hours for a layover, hop on the orange line and hit the city. But get back at least an hour and a half before your flight since security can be slow.
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan SpragueApril 18, 2013
    The best thing about Midway was great access to the rental cars. Not anymore, they moved them off site and what once took 5 minutes now takes 45. But they're glad you're here. Fail Midway Fail.
  • Patrice Y.
    Patrice YursikApril 13, 2013
    Service at the food court can be hit or miss. Service at other restaurants like Let Them Eat Cake or Taylor Street Market can be extremely slow. Lots to choose from but nothing exceptional, food wise
  • Dean H.
    Dean HanlonMarch 1, 2013
    Named for its location mid-way between IL's two busiest commerce hubs of the 19th c., Kankakee and Dekalb. Formerly a grandiose bus station, Midway International is Chicago's only functioning airport.
  • Michael Patrick L.
    Michael Patrick LeeFebruary 2, 2013
    Make sure to swing by Reilly's Daughter in the back right of food court for a good pint of Guinness. Ask for Boz and then ask him about all the famous people he knows like Jenny McCarthy.
    Upvoted May 10
  • M Lauren H.
    M Lauren HillJanuary 13, 2013
    A wonderful alternative to O'Hare. Major carriers and discounted Southwest fly here. Easy access to the city. Though, I do not recommend Manny's for food. Manny's in town, sure but not here.
  • @RalphPaglia #.
    One of many reasons why O'Hare sucks and Midway rocks is rental cars. At Midway you walk to the Garage Elevator, go to floor walk to car and you are out of airport in 10 minutes. O'Hare takes an hour!
  • Jacqueline B.
    Jacqueline BOctober 26, 2012
    Southwest is literally the worst! They take forever to get your checked bags to baggage claim bc they don't pay their people enough and I have never not had a 2+hour delay with them! Todays delay is 4
  • April
    AprilAugust 8, 2012
    If you don't find something you like at the food court, go to terminal B. Some options: a Red Mango, a salad place and a beach cafe. #froyo #veganairportoptions
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 11, 2012
    Best Options: Harry Caray's Seventh Inning Stretch, Lalo's, Gold Coast Dogs, & Reilly's Daughter are all in Midway Triangle Food Court; Manny's in Concourse A; Potbelly Sandwich Shop in Concourse B. Read more
    Upvoted May 23
  • CjAy
    CjAyJanuary 19, 2012
    Its a 10min walk from the airport to the Cta Transit Trains sucks in the winter u have to walk with all your bag remember its $2.25 to ride exact amount no change provided and no public bathrooms
  • Stephen N.
    Stephen NardeJanuary 19, 2012
    If you use the electronic boarding pass please note midway isn't always prepared for it as they have only 1 or 2 scanners. One is always In priority so instead of waiting in lone just go over.
    FlightCenter.comJanuary 5, 2012
    TSA TIP #5 Once through the x-ray machines take your belongings (trays) off the belts & get re-packed & dressed in the areas designated for this rather than holding up the lines at the x-ray machines.
    FlightCenter.comJanuary 5, 2012
    TSA TIP #3 Remove your laptop(s) and shoes/belts while waiting in line for the x-ray machines and carry them in your hands to be ready for the bins, remember laptops are placed in a bin by itself.
    FlightCenter.comJanuary 5, 2012
    TSA TIP #1: Before getting to the screening check points clean out your clothing pockets as well as any metals/jewelry etcetera and put them into your carryon bags (or jacket pockets) ahead of time.
  • John M.
    John MorrisonNovember 23, 2011
    The "expert" line is a facade. Everyone goes right thinking it will be shorter which leads to congestion AND it has the slower AIT machine. Go left to beat the wait and hit the X-Rays instead.
  • Frank H.
    Frank HattulaOctober 18, 2011
    You can't bring bottled water with you through TSA; however you CAN bring an empty water bottle. Pack one in your carry-on so that you can fill it up at the water fountain before you board.
  • Ana S.
    Ana SilvaOctober 3, 2011
    Don't expect the Fly By Lane to get you through security faster. When you round that corner, you'll realize the line is 2x as long as the others and they only have 1 or *at most* 2 screening lanes. :(
  • DoubleTree by Hilton M.
    When the check-in line is as long as the airport itself, don't hesitate to use the curbside baggage check service offered by most airlines. A tip is polite, but it is worth the saved time.
  • Josh L.
    Josh LeveySeptember 1, 2011
    Use the curb side check in if you're here around 4:30, as the line is way shorter since the ticket counters don't open until then, to avoid the long lines inside.
  • Jim R.
    Jim RuvalcabaAugust 24, 2011
    Instead of the cell phone lot, use the short-term parking which leaves you just steps from the arrivals and meet your party in person as they get in. It's only $2 for a half hour of $4 for one hour.
  • Xani P.
    Xani PodolnyMay 28, 2011
    All bars and food places are inside security. So, when u have to retrieve your bag, but then have to wait for your friends flights to arrive, u have to wait at bag claim, hungry and sober.
  • Kristen L.
    Kristen LaughlinMay 21, 2011
    Sign up for wifi through your cell phone. MDW seems to not have a free wifi (except a southwest connection you need an access code for that I couldn't figure out how to determine a code as a southwest
  • Terena B.
    Terena BellMay 1, 2011
    The women's room by the chapel & the USO is the cleanest & is a great place to change clothes because there's hardly ever anyone else in there & there's lots of counter space.
  • Joe P.
    Joe PariserNovember 24, 2010
    I'll never understand why people print boarding passes at home. Save the ink and paper, head to a standalone machine and 5 seconds later, you have a nice, thick boarding pass - no folding necessary!
  • Michelle B.
    Michelle BNovember 5, 2010
    Need to power up? If on Concourse A, head to the Traveler Center just past McD's. There is an outlet conveniently next to one of the phone booth stations. Makes the perfect desktop for working :)
  • Nancy S.
    Nancy S 🐱🐕☕October 12, 2010
    Potbelly is awesome: great sandwiches on freshly made bread, IBC rootbeer (regular & diet), delicious cookies, and Starbucks can't go wrong. Vegetarian choices too.
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