Chicago Midway airport (MDW) 

 

Midway International Airport, opened on December 12, 1927, concentrates most domestic flights in the state of Illinois. It also operates with some international flights to Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean.

Official Website: flychicago.com
Number of Terminals - 1 - Open 24 hours a day.
Annual passenger traffic: More than 22.6 million passengers went through it in 2016.
Tel: +1 773 838 0600. There is an information desk next to the terminal main entrance.

 
 
 

The airport is located 16 km (10 miles) to the southwest of Chicago's financial district.

 
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Bus - There are numerous services to the city centre and the suburbs that can be boarded at the transportation center, connected to the terminal through a covered walkway. There are also regional buses that transport passengers to different areas in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin. In addition, Go Airport Express (Tel +1 888 284 3826) provides door-to-door shuttles between the city airports and most neighbourhoods, with a frequency of 15 minutes. Vehicles depart from door 3, on the lower level of the Arrivals area. The trip to downtown Chicago takes around 30 min.

Train - The Orange Line from CTA (Tel +1 312 836 7000) operates from 4:00 am to 1:00 am to the city centre, with connections to most other lines and stops at Pulaski, Kedzie, Ashland, Halsted, Roosevelt, Quincy and Wabash. Journey time is 20-25 minutes and the fare is USD2.25. The airport station is located in the transportation center, to the east of the terminal.

Taxi - Ranks are found in front of the terminal, on the lower level, and cabs have meters. Rides to downtown Chicago cost around USD28.00-30.00, with a trip of 20-40 minutes, depending on traffic. You can also take a shared service with fixed fares (USD18.00 to the city centre). Available operators are: American United Cab (Tel +1 773 327 6161), Blue Ribbon (Tel +1 773 508 9100), Checker Taxi (Tel +1 312 243 2537), Chicago Carriage Cab (Tel +1 312 326 2221), Choice Taxi (Tel +1 773 338 9503), 5 Star Taxi (Tel +1 773 866 9933), Flash Cab (Tel +1 773 561 1444), Globe Taxi (Tel +1 773 725 6500), Gold Coast Taxi (Tel +1 773 271 0163), King Drive Cab (Tel +1 773 488 8000), KOAM Taxi (Tel +1 773 973 3535), Royal 3 CCC Chicago Taxi (Tel +1 312 326 2221), Service Taxi (Tel +1 773 262 2211), Sun Taxi (Tel +1 773 736 3883), 24 Seven Taxi (Tel +1 773 878 8294), Yellow Cab (Tel +1 773 907 0020).

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Car rental offices are found in a dedicated facility outside the terminal, accessible via a courtesy shuttle that leaves every 15 minutes from door 3, outside the baggage reclaim area.

Alamo (Tel +1 800 327 9633 / 888 826 6893 - 5:00 am to 1:00 am)
Avis (Tel +1 800 331 1212 / 773 948 7001 - 6:00 am to 2:00 am)
Budget (Tel +1 800 527 7000 / 773 948 7002 - 6:00 am to 2:00 am)
Corporate Rent A Car (Tel +1 331 208 5100)
Dollar (Tel +1 800 800 4000 / 866 434 2226 - Sunday to Friday from 6:00 am to 0:00 am, Saturday from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm)
Enterprise (Tel +1 800 566 9249 / 773 735 8860 - Sunday to Friday from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm, Saturday from 7:00 am to 8:30 pm)
Hertz (Tel +1 800 654 3131 / 773 735 7272 - 6:00 am to 1:30 am)
National (Tel +1 800 227 7368 / 888 826 6890 - 5:00 am to 1:00 am)
Payless (Tel +1 800 729 5377 / 708 728 0237 - 7:00 am to 5:00 pm)
Thrifty (Tel +1 800 527 7075 / 877 283 0898)

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The airport has a currency exchange bureau, ATMs, mailboxes, charging stations, public telephones and free Wi-Fi access for 30 minutes (in addition to a pre-paid premium service). Several nearby hotels, such as the Chicago Marriott Midway, offer meeting and conference rooms. The USO Lounge is found in concourse C and opens from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm; it offers internet access, food and beverages, TV, reading material, fax (accessible for military and their families).

Food and Drinks- There is a good amount of restaurants, bars, fast food outlets and coffee shops in the three concourses of the terminal, but especially in the area called Midway Boulevard, past the security control. Dunkin Donuts, Gold Coast Dogs, Jetbox and Pegasus on the Fly are open 24 hours a day.
Shopping- The enclosure offers several shops with souvenirs, toys, books and newspapers, electronics, sweets, jewellery, accessories, sports, clothing, most inside the Midway Boulevard.
Baggage- Carts available throughout the terminal. Items lost in the public area should be accounted for at the communication center (Tel +1 773 838 0656).
Other Services- Chapel, yoga room, nursing area, shoeshines, art exhibits.

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There are several parking options inside the grounds. The first 10 minutes have no charge. To the south of the main airport entrance, 4 min. away from the terminal, there is a free passenger pick-up zone (Cell Phone Lot). More information: Tel +1 773 838 0756. Rates

Main Garage - Multi-storey facility adjacent to the terminal. Spaces for short stays on level 1 and for long-term parking on levels 2 to 6.
Daily Lot - Outdoor sector for short stays, with shuttle service.
Economy Garage - Covered car park for long periods, connected to the main building through shuttles.
Economy Lot - Uncovered area for long stays, with free shuttles to the terminal every 10-15 min.

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Ramps, lifts, moving walkways, adapted toilets and telephones, reserved parking spaces, special lanes through security controls and a relief area for service animals are available. Public transport vehicles and airport shuttles are accessible for people with reduced mobility. Travellers that require special assistance or wheelchairs should get in contact with their airline before their arrival.

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There are no hotels on-site, but you can find several options nearby. They usually provide shuttle services to and from the terminal. Holiday Inn Express & Suites Chicago-Midway Airport (Tel +1 708 458 0202), Hilton Garden Inn Chicago/Midway Airport (Tel +1 708 496 2700), Hampton Inn Chicago-Midway Airport (Tel +1 708 496 1900), Hyatt Place Chicago/Midway Airport (Tel +1 708 594 1400), Chicago Marriott Midway (Tel +1 708 594 5500), Skylark Motel (Tel +1 773 582 2100), Courtyard Chicago Midway (Tel +1 708 563 0200), Fairfield Inn & Suites Chicago Midway Airport (Tel +1 708 594 0090), Sleep Inn Midway Airport (Tel +1 708 594 0001), Holiday Inn Chicago - Midway Airport (Tel +1 708 563 6490).

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Latest updates: September, 29, 2017