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Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)

Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)

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  • S_J L.
    "I always get something from gold coast dogs before my flight :)"(71 Tips)
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    "Potbelly deli is fast ( even with a line) and has awesome coffee!"(75 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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  • Jennifer T.
    Jennifer TaylorSeptember 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    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
  • 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! :)
  • 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 2 weeks ago
  • Kurt V.
    Kurt VanderahApril 28, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    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.
  • 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.
  • Burt B.
    Burt BlanchardFebruary 3, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    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!
  • 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.
  • Scott B.
    Scott ByerlyFebruary 21
    Been here 100+ times
    If you're flying in or out of here in the morning or at night; get a window seat for a perfect view of the Chicago lakefront at sunrise or sunset.
  • Jaysyn L.
    Jaysyn LongoriaAugust 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    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!
  • Team Coco
    Team CocoJune 10, 2012
    "Sometimes I'll buy a plane ticket just so I can get through security and eat at the "Chili's Too" restaurant - home to the 3rd best fajitas in Chicago" - Conan O'Brien
  • FlightCenter.com
    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.
  • Antonio R.
    Antonio RiveraJuly 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    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
  • 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
  • Sunidhi G.
    Sunidhi GuptaMay 11, 2014
    A good airport to be stuck in with two hour delay of flight. Visit the food court for multiple options to eat and drink. Potbelly rocks. :-) really do miss a Starbucks around.
  • Hugo G.
    Hugo GraciaDecember 1, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    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.
  • Monika M.
    Monika McMahonJune 17, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • John M.
    John MorrisonNovember 23, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    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.
  • Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)
    It's summer in Chicago! Don't leave your water bottle behind, empty it and refill it at one of our filtered water refill stations after you pass security!
  • 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.
  • Ted C.
    Ted CoppockJune 22, 2014
    Two hour layover changing flight turned to four due to extreme thunder an lightning storm causing a "ground stop". Home at 11 PM vs 9 PM. Personnel fantastic! Extreme weight persons should pay more
  • Sean C.
    Sean CarpenterJune 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    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!
  • 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.
  • FlightCenter.com
    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.
  • 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.
  • FlightCenter.com
    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.
  • Kyle Y.
    Kyle YoderApril 9, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    In the B terminal (southwest) there is a great salad made fresh place called springs. Great salad esp for airport food. An yea ij, coffee is terrible.
  • Brian C.
    Brian CNovember 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    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! 👍
  • Sam W.
    Sam WingFebruary 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    If you have time and not too much baggage, walk from the parking garage to the terminal. Awesome view of takeoffs and landings.
  • Mike C.
    Mike CDecember 2, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    They do a decent job of getting jets in & out of this neighborhood. Reminds me of an airport.
  • Gary C.
    Gary ConawayJuly 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Illinois Bar and Grill is MDW's best kept secret. Breakfast is AMAZING and the burgers only get better. Also serve beer earlier than most here. :-)
  • FlightCenter.com
    FlightCenter.comJanuary 5, 2012
    TSA TIP #4 When loading your belongings onto the x-ray belts load them in an order to help expedite at the other end. THINK, (a) suit case first, (b) laptop bags/purse, & (c) your shoe & belts tray.
  • Meredith B.
    Meredith BollingerJune 25, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    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
  • LimoBank S.
    LimoBank ServicesOctober 15, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    If you booked car services with meet and greet with sign proceed down the escalator to baggage claim. To schedule a pick-up contact LimoBank 1-888-546-6988 info@limobank.com
  • 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
  • karlyn w.
    karlyn williamsMay 9, 2014
    I got randomly selected for the "screening" they swiped my hands and I hopped the entire security line! No removing of my shoes, liquids or laptop. Easy peasy. Pleasant surprise!
  • 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.
  • Nancy S.
    Nancy S. ☕☃❄October 12, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Potbelly is awesome: great sandwiches on freshly made bread, IBC rootbeer (regular & diet), delicious cookies, and Starbucks coffee....you can't go wrong. Vegetarian choices too.
  • Shaun R.
    Shaun RepettoFebruary 3, 2012
    Love the chairs with chargers in the seats! You can charge your electronics and sit at the same time! Makes long layovers a little better.
  • Judy B.
    Judy BellemNovember 20, 2013
    SWAir/Midway has pre-select security check for select passangers. No need to remove shoes or take things out of their bag. Very nice!!
  • Daune R.
    Daune RobinsonOctober 18, 2013
    Taxi fare will cost about $30 on way to a downtown hotel. If you have a little time, you can get a $25 ticket on Airport Express shuttle ($48 round trip).
  • Michael B.
    Michael BrandvoldJuly 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    You have to grab a Chicago Style Hot Dog from Gold Coast Dogs. The BEST hot dog you will ever have.
  • William B.
    William BumgarnerDecember 21, 2015
    On a rainy day, grab a slice at Luigi's and watch luggage trucks make the hairpin turn from concourse A to B. Just watched one drift a frailer and another sling bags all over the tarmac!
  • Jim R.
    Jim RuvalcabaAugust 24, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    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.
  • Josh L.
    Josh LeveySeptember 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    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 H.
    Jim HowardJune 8, 2013
    There are nice chairs with electrical and usb outlets under the full sized WWII fighter airplane at the entrance to SWA concorse A.
  • JimJam N.
    JimJam NorrisAugust 9, 2013
    Bring your food bought elsewhere into the menu-less Reilly's Daughter Pub for a nice meal and a drink out of the bustling food court. It's a win win!
  • Jake B.
    Jake ByczkowskiSeptember 23, 2013
    If this is your first time traveling... You'll wanna hit up the expert travelers line. It's where all the veteran travelers stand around helping all the newbies. They're real nice people
  • Robert S.
    Robert StevensonJune 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    If you are at midway, i would recommend the airplanes. They are very large and will get you to your destination quickly.
  • 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.
  • Stephanie S.
    Stephanie SheppardNovember 13, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The "no carry-on bag" express security line is only worth it if there's an open security lane dedicated to it. If it all directs to all lanes, just pick the shortest line.
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