MOD Progress

​​Thank you to all of the drivers, travelers, neighbors, and employees and airline partners who have helped us get off to a great start with the Midway Modernization Program. We recognize the inconveniences that come with construction and appreciate your patience.

As the construction affects more areas in and around the airport, we will continue to provide updates to help you plan accordingly. Follow us on Twitter for the latest. We appreciate your continued support and hope you’ll join in the excitement as we watch a modern Midway rise up around us!

Construction Progress Timeline

Construction Update January 2020

Security Checkpoint Expansion

Construction on the expanded TSA check-point over Cicero Avenue continues. Crews completed steel erection on the new middle bridge in early January.

security checkpoint expansion

New bridge being built over Cicero Avenue

The south baggage claim area is now entirely partitioned off with lower level door #1 remaining open. Demolition behind the construction barricades is ongoing and crews are expected to begin erecting structural steel in mid-late January.

The outer lanes of the airport roadway between lower level door #2 and lower level door #3 re-opened in early January.

Nightly closures continue on Cicero Avenue with two lanes in each direction open during the day.

Terminal Parking Garage Enhancements

Installation continues on the new entrances on level 1 with one lane of Kilpatrick Avenue closed. The new sidewalk and pedestrian crossing at the blue (center) entrance of the garage off Kilpatrick Avenue is now open.

Upgrades continue on all elevators in the garage lobbies. General activities throughout the garage include improving parking spaces and upgrading lighting, painting, and safety features.

The original CTA Orange Line Station Kiss & Ride lot has been restored and opened for vehicles and pedestrians in early January. The temporary entrance off of 59th Street is closed so the area can be restored.

Concessions Redevelopment Program

Construction continues on several permanent locations in the updated Central Market, including:

  • Gene’s Bistro
  • Tallboy Taco
  • Big Bowl

The Central Market has a tentative opening planned for March. New locations are also under construction in Concourse B, including:

  • Dunkin Donuts End Cap (Gate B20): Opened on January 13.
  • Big City Chicken (Gate B7 - formerly Tap & Pour): Opening planned for February.
  • Sarah’s Candies (Gate B2 - currently Sweet Indulgences): Construction started this month with an opening planned for March.

Building System Improvements

Ongoing improvements to Midway’s building systems, including heating and cooling, continues in the terminal and concourses. Travelers and employees may notice brief, intermittent closures in different areas for HVAC and lighting upgrades. There will also be temporary closures at gates/waiting areas (two at a time) in Concourse B. Extra seating will be in place. System improvements will last through this summer but should not affect overall operations or travelers.