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 July 2020

Security Checkpoint Expansion

Changes to the checkpoint’s configuration begin mid-month as the expansion project nears completion. The openings and configurations are planned in the following order and are expected to all be in place by the end of July.

  • First, the south exit lane will temporarily route through the south queuing hall into the terminal.
  • Next, TSA equipment will move over several nights with all 17 lanes operational once complete by the end of July.
  • Finally, the south mezzanine will open at the end of the month with six new escalators and one new elevator bank.

Once the south mezzanine opens, passengers using the south exit lane will go through the mezzanine to baggage claim. At this time, lower level door #2 will reopen. security checkpoint expansion

Delta Airlines also plans to relocate to its original baggage service office (BSO) in south baggage claim once the mezzanine is open.

Outside the terminal, the restoration of Cicero Avenue landscaping is now complete. However, traffic barrels will remain through the end of the month while work on the checkpoint exterior continues.

Terminal Parking Garage Enhancements

Kilpatrick Avenue is now completely open, but there will be some brief lane closures early in the month for restriping the pavement. New spaces are being added in the terminal parking garage in several locations including level 1, level 3, and level 4. There will be minor lane closures on level 5 as crews replace expansion joints.

New wayfinding signage continues to go up in all terminal lots. Installation of PARCs (Parking Access Revenue Control Systems) equipment is ongoing at all garage entrances - terminal garage, economy garage, daily lot, cellphone lot, and various employee lots. Some temporary and partial closures to entrances/exits will be necessary, but efforts will be made to maintain access where possible. Equipment is also being tested and calibrated to ensure it functions properly. Equipment installation and testing is expected to last through the end of summer.

Upgrades to passenger elevators in the terminal garage lobbies and improvements to parking spaces, lighting, painting, and safety features are also in progress. Improvements to the CTA employee lot set to begin in late July/early August.

Concessions Redevelopment Program

The Concessions Redevelopment Program will reflect Chicago’s diversity and showcase the best of local options and brands through a $75 million private partnership investment. With more than 70 offerings planned, the effort will double concessions jobs from 700 to 1,400.

Construction work is on hold until further notice.

Visit the project page for progress through this Spring.

Building System Improvements

Travelers and employees may continue to notice brief, closures in the terminal and concourses for system upgrades. This includes some daytime work in the Central Market in July and August. Cones and soft barriers (drapes) will mark off work areas. An 8-foot walkway will be maintained for employees and passengers. Temporary closures at A4A & A4B gates/waiting areas are planned in Concourse A through mid-July. Extra seating will be available. System improvements will last through summer but should not affect overall operations or travelers.

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