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Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)

Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)

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    "Potbelly deli is fast ( even with a line) and has awesome coffee!"(79 Tips)
    Malicia W.
    "Best salad on the B concourse from the create your own salad shoppe."(50 Tips)
    Scott M.
    "The moving walkways provide excellent crop dusting opportunities."(35 Tips)
    Alli W.
    "Don't leave without something delicious from Nuts on Clark."(19 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
  • Scott B.
    Scott ByerlyFebruary 21, 2017
    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.
  • 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.
    Upvoted Nov 22, 2017
  • 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! :)
  • 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.
  • 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.
    Upvoted Nov 22, 2017
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Ryan A.
    Ryan AlafrizMarch 28, 2015
    "Caution: The moving walkway is ending. Caution: The moving walkway is ending. Caution: The moving walkway is ending." Try not to wait near gate A1.
  • 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.
  • 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! 👍
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • PreciselyVeiled T.
    PreciselyVeiled TattooSeptember 26, 2017
    Pokestops Potbelly's nuts on Clark by gate b2 Clean airport good people. Usually a place we layover. Newly added Dunkin donut kiosks for limited items.
  • Margot B.
    Margot BloomsteinMarch 22, 2012
    Hit Pegasus on the Fly in the main food court area for terrific breakfast and great Greek hand food anytime.
    Upvoted Nov 22, 2017
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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. :-)
  • 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!!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Trip J.
    Trip JacobsSeptember 10, 2017
    Been here 25+ times
    Beginning summer 2017 all of the food options have changed. Potbelly's and other great places were forced out and replaced by very poor quality overpriced crap. Bring your own food.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan SpragueApril 18, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • MacK L.
    MacK LedFebruary 22, 2012
    If you're religious, visit the chapel here. It's a really nice place to get some quiet reflection time before or after a flight.
  • JAG
    JAGJuly 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The slider place by B19 requires a 20 min wait as they cook to order and you can't mix and match. A sign stating these things would be helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Renee T.
    Renee ThompsonMay 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Tons of food options at Concourse A food court - hotdogs, Greek, pizza, Mexican. Pubs, Potbelly's sandwiches/salads (love em) and Ben & Jerry's.
  • Scott M.
    Scott MatzkeJuly 14, 2012
    The moving walkways provide excellent crop dusting opportunities.
  • Make My Day Monday
    Make My Day MondayJanuary 30, 2012
    Pick a friend up or take them to the airport... help someone with their luggage! Lots of good deeds can be done when traveling is involved! #MMDM
  • 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.
  • Lauren G.
    Lauren GlatthornFebruary 16, 2012
    Bring an empty water bottle- you can fill it up once you're through security at the awesome water bottle fountains
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