Midway International Airport

midway international airport

Midway International Airport is just 10 miles from the Loop on the city’s southwest side. Midway was actually Chicago’s original airport (Chicago Air Park), but due to overcrowding and an inability to expand, O’Hare was created.

With only three main concourses, Midway is a pretty small and easy airport to navigate, so you shouldn’t really need to get there more than an hour and a half before your flight (unless flying internationally). It’s also a hub for cheaper fares to a lot of cities as it is a focus city for Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways.

Since I judge most things on the quality of their food, Midway has O’Hare beat. Midway has a Potbelly’s, a Gold Coast Dogs, and a Harry Carray’s Restaurant. How much more Chicago can you get?

If you’re going to pick up a friend, it’s a good idea to utilize Midway’s cell phone lot. It’s located at 61st and Cicero Avenue, just south of the entrance. The 90-space lot is temporarily free of charge for people to wait until arriving passengers are ready to be picked up curbside. This is a much better and safer place to wait than circling the airport.

Getting there & back:

CTA “L” Orange Line: The green and cheap way if you don’t have too much luggage is to take the Orange Line (about 25 minutes from the Loop).

Metra: Take Metra’s Rock Island line to Auburn-Gresham, but keep in mind you will then have to take a bus to the airport. Check out www.rta.com for more details on how to get to the airport via Metra and regional trains.

Taxi: It’s the easiest; it costs about $40 to the Loop and there is a $1.00 extra added to trips to and from the airport. Even better? Those really nice friends who will drive you to the airport. Just be aware no curbside parking or waiting is allowed.

Drive: You can drive to Midway via I-55 West and get off at Cicero, following airport signs to the correct terminal. You can park at any of the airport parking lots, but it could end up costing you more than your flight, depending how many days you are parked.

Bike: I still don’t understand who would bike to the airport, but if you can put your luggage on a bike, more power to ya.

Transportation between Midway and O’Hare: An hourly shuttle runs from O’Hare to Midway from 7:00a.m. and 10p.m. Cabs usually have set rates for the journey, about $50-60.

Visit www.chicago-mdw.com or www.flychicago.com for detailed information on TSA regulations and the latest news.


Tessa McLean

About Tessa McLean

There is just something about that feeling when you have been away — maybe for a weekend, a month, 6 months — and you’re driving into Chicago and that first glimpse of the city skyline appears. It just always makes me smile.

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