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 March 2020

Security Checkpoint Expansion

Roof installation for the expanded checkpoint has been one of the key construction activities in March as work over Cicero Avenue continues.

security checkpoint expansion

Center bridge taking shape

The south baggage claim area remains partitioned off with lower level door #1 still open. Concrete barriers were up briefly in the baggage makeup area to allow for safe construction of elevator and escalator pits. This work has been completed.

Connecting the bridge to the south baggage claim area

The concrete pour for the south mezzanine is planned for the end of March. Work will be allowed during the day. During this time two taxi lanes will be closed for up to eight hours and lower level doors #1 and #2 will be closed for up to 12 hours.

There will be a brief change to the traffic configuration for the southbound lanes of Cicero Avenue beginning the night of March 30 and into March 31. This is expected to last a couple of weeks. The northbound lanes will not be affected, and two lanes will remain open in each direction.

Terminal Parking Garage Enhancements

Work on the new Parking Access Revenue Control Systems (PARCS) at garage entrances is in progress and will include adding new ticket dispensers, arm gates, etc. All airport parking lots will be getting new PARCS equipment, including the terminal garage, economy garage, daily lot, cell phone lot, and various employee lots. Installation of the equipment will likely cause temporary and partial closures to entrances/exits. Efforts will be made to maintain access where possible during the work, which is expected to last through end of summer.

Elevator upgrades continue in terminal garage lobbies, with work in progress on blue and red passenger elevators and yellow service elevator. Ongoing project activities include improvements to parking spaces, lighting, painting, and safety features.

Landscaping and drainage improvements to the CTA Kiss & Ride lot are on ongoing as part of the restoration and should be complete by end of summer.

Concessions Redevelopment Program

Midway has planned openings later this Spring for new offerings in the Central Market, including: Gene’s Bistro, Tallboy Taco, and Big Bowl. Temporary food and retail offerings will continue to be provided in the Central Market to maintain services levels.

New restaurants coming to the Central Market with planned openings later this Spring

New Central Market offerings in the works include: Hudson News, ChicaGO, Brookstone, and MAC. Barricade walls expected to be in place by early April around the following Central Market locations: Café Espresso, Chicago Market, Life is Good, White Sox, Kids Works, Discover Chicago.

Construction on new locations in Concourse B was planned to start mid-month with some new snacking options.

  • Sarah's Candies (Gate B2 - currently Sweet Indulgences) is set to begin construction mid-month with an opening planned for May.
  • Garrett's Popcorn (Gate B1- currently Spectacles) is set to begin construction mid-month with an opening planned for July.
  • Garrett's Popcorn (Gate B14 - currently Dunkin Express) is set to begin construction mid-month with an opening planned for July.

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 system upgrades. There will also be temporary closures at gates/waiting areas (two at a time) in Concourse B through May. Extra seating will be in place. System improvements will last through this summer but should not affect overall operations or travelers.