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This website made a miserable night better

by web-administrator (November, 2016)


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(Guest Review by Wes B) I missed the last flight out of Chicago last night. I was prepped for a miserable night but turned to google and came across this website. There were at least a hundred people stuck over night and sleeping in the terminals. No one said anything about a rest area or cots. I went from Terminal B to terminal A ( a short walk) went to customer service and grabbed a cot. It's a large room with at least 80-100 cots and only 3 people where in there all night. There was a security guard there although I think he was asleep in his chair to. There were pillows and blankets on about 1/2 the cots.

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Chicago Midway Airport Review

by web-administrator (March, 2016)


Where: Landside
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(Guest Review) Very difficult to find somewhere to sleep outside of security. Few chairs and nearly all have built-in armrests that make sleeping difficult.

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Horrible night

by web-administrator (October, 2013)


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(Guest Review) Flew out of SFO connecting in Midway for Providence. Fleet week in San Fran so all departures delayed while Blue Angels practiced! After 2.5 hrs we departed on Southwest. Arrived 20 minutes late for connection to PVD. Last flight for PVD that night. Pilot announced that someone would meet us in the concourse with instructions. Of course, no one did. Only direction we were given, was airport closed at 11, so grab some food while restaurants were still open. After buying some grub, we went up to Southwest counter where someone was being trained. He tried to book us onto 1st flight next day but computer locked him out. Only advice was be in line at 4:30 am for assistance. So wife and I settled down on a metal bench for a long night. Around midnight an Hispanic worker was cleaning the floors in our area and asked us in broken English why we were not in the cot room. Huh? No one told us. So after he directed us, we headed for the cots. Oops. One problem. TSA stopped us and told us that after our flight departed, we were non-persons and if we crossed the yellow line without a 'cot room pass' issued by Southwest we could not get back in. No one had directed us to the Southwest office(now closed) to acquire a pass. So back to the bench for an uncomfortable night and standby tix the next day that eventually got us home to PVD. Moral of this story, make noise before debar king the plane and then as soon as you do debark. I made noise with customer service at Southwest and was given 2 100 vouchers as an apology. Also good to ask the people around you who appear to travel frequently. 1 guy asked me the next morning why we didn't use the cot room!!!

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Room of Cots

by web-administrator (October, 2015)


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(Guest Review by Corey) Planned on staying here because of this site. I found the room full of cots with a security guard. Some of the cots have pillows and blankets as well.

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Great

by Zach225 (August, 2015)


Reason for Stay: Too cheap for a hotel room
Where: Airside
Pros: Designated sleeping area
Cons: none


flew into Midway at midnight and had a meeting at 8am. My company is in startup mode so I try be be frugal when traveling. I cozied up in Concourse C on the ground and at 1am was woken up by a police officer, letting me know that they would be cleaning the concourse soon and that it would be a good idea to go to concourse a, where there was a designated sleeping area. I walked down to Concourse A and another polite officer pointed me to a massive room with 100ish cots/pillows and blankets, about 20 of which were occupied. I cozied up and would have fallen right to sleep but there was a dude snoring so loud it was comical. Like seriously I couldn't have snored louder if I tried. Lots of people were laughing at the dude, a few were annoyed. The cop told me that they'd wake us at 4:30 when more passengers start arriving, but I slept past five and nobody came in. I felt safe and secure the whole time with the officer guarding the area and ultimately got a few much needed hours of sleep despite Mr Snoremeister.

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sleeping in Midway Airport on provided cot/blanket/pillow and free sundries

by web-administrator (June, 2015)


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(Guest Review) What a pleasant surprise when i found myself at Midway at 12:30 am in the morning waiting for my 5:30 am flight and was told of the pm travel assistance program. As i ticked passenger I was allowed a cot, blanket and pillow in a semi-dark room. Also provided was a guard while I slept! In the morning the guard handed me a zip lock block with lotion, toothbrush, toothpaste and alcohol wipes! Got some shuteye! Thank you Chicago!

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Comfortable for a quick overnight

by chopperman (August, 2014)


Reason for Stay: Just for the fun of it
Where: Airside
Pros: Clean, little noise, toilets, water fountains, 24 hour food/drink available
Cons: Light not turned off, no bench seats


Concourse A and B are the busiest, so use Concourse C. Only infrequently used by Suncountry and Allegiant, it is very quiet and clean. The overhead lights stay on all night so bring a mask to cover your eyes. No bench seating so I used a foam mattress on the floor, along with a borrowed airline blanket, and I was pretty comfortable. Got some good rest. Some of the food court is open 24 hours so there is food/drink when needed. Some security and cleaners wandering around at night by no-one bothered me for my 6 hours there.

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by web-administrator (July, 2013)


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(email submission from Benjamin) Decided to stay overnight after arriving to Midway around 11:00 PM and finding the outrageous prices of hotels in the area. THEY ARE NOT WORTH IT! STAY IN CONCOURSE 'C'! Later in the night they set up cots with blankets/pillows provided. No, they aren't the best or most comfortable items but they do the job. The airport had 2 security guards watching over us all night long. At 4 or 4:30 AM that same security guard wakes everyone up and let's you know they're taking back the cots because 'the airport is now open'. I moved down about 25 more feet into the waiting area of Concourse C which is nearly a private concourse separate from all the madness of the A and B concourses of Midway. Outlets, benches and a bathroom are all right there and little to no flights coming in and out. I highly suggest Concourse C if you have to sleep in the airport whether it's for a nap or overnight.

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Pleasant surprise

by dhammer53 (June, 2013)


Reason for Stay: Too cheap for a hotel room
Where: Landside
Pros: Plenty of seats to spread out.
Cons: No food stands or machines.


I arrived landside at MDW (Midway) just after midnight. You could hear a pin drop. There are a few seats mid-terminal, but a run of seats on either side of what reminded me of a football field, as I walked from one end to the next. Plenty of single seats if you enjoy sleeping and nodding out. There were plenty of people (me included), that were able to lay across several seats and take a nap. MDW does have bathrooms landside. Passengers started arriving around 3:30 am for the morning flights. Don't forget to set your alarm, just in case.

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Passable place for sleeping

by Emanresu (November, 2012)


Reason for Stay: Early flight departure
Where: Landside
Pros: Unobstrusive security, charging station, clean and okay seating
Cons: Nowhere to lie down, no food/vending machines, no wifi


I stayed at Midway overnight because I had an early flight and the bus I needed to take only got there an hour before my departure. I tried to get past security to gain access to those comfy Southwest chairs, but security doesn't let people in until the next day, beginning around 3:30 am. I settled in on the top floor, on the south end. I chose that area because there was a bunch of plugs to charge devices. All of the chairs/benches outside of security were okay. They were comfy and leather, but they all had armrests so it was difficult to lie down for a sleep. Try to get there early too. I arrived around 9:30 and had my pick of areas. Definitely arrive by 10:30 or you might not be able to get a good chair. As for the night, bathrooms and water fountains are open and accessible, but you should bring food. I didn't and there was no food to be found in the airport. The cleaning staff tended to just do their jobs around you and security was around, but only stopped to ask if we had an early flight around 1 or 2 am. Anyone who said yes and didn't look like a hobo was left alone. It is a little bright the whole night and the loudspeaker plays semi-loud announcements every few minutes, but it's manageable. Overall, it's not a bad place to sleep. Not the best place either, but if you just plan on getting a little shuteye before a super early flight, Midway is passable.

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This airport should be branded "for those on death row"

by sororinanna (December, 2010)


Reason for Stay: Waiting for for friends or family
Where: Landside


People said Ohare sucked... wow. Midway has a 1/2 a mile walkway which is not heated at all (from the el to the entrance). When you get in its a huge amount of empty space where there is NO food at all except a tiny Duncan Donuts stand that is as big as a news stand on the side of the road. You better get your food there if you don't have your ticket yet, because besides another crappy 'stand' in baggage claim, there is not a single food stand in the whole lobby until you go through security. There are also no seats except a few in the baggage area (not a single one in the lobby). For any disabled people or elderly, this has to be miserable for them. You can't get wifi at the place, at all, unless you pay a monthly fee which is not the case at Ohare (at least last time I was there). Midway is the ghetto of all airports... it has no business concept (like, that maybe someone would like a sandwich while waiting in Southwest's huge line). This airport sucks so bad that if anyone else buys my daughter a ticket to fly anywhere to that airport, they will also have to hire a manservant or nanny to take her there because I'M NOT DOING IT. If you have to wait outside security for anyone for any reason -- its the most miserable experience in your life. I'd rather sit at the Grey hound station at least there is a restaurant! I didn't try to sleep here at all... I would rather sleep on the el, seriously.

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not bad

by steverino (October, 2009)


Reason for Stay: Early flight departure


This was my first experience sleeping in an airport and, while it was not the best travelling experience I have ever had, it was certainly not the worst. I missed a 6:30 pm flight to Detroit a couple of weeks ago and realized I would have to wait until the following morning before leaving. Unfortunately, I think the only mistake I made was actually leaving the area beyond Security (since there might have been some good sleeping spots there). However, I was so panicked and desperate that I actually made a shuttle trip out to O'Hare to see if I could get anything there. Of course, there was nothing so I had to come all the way back. I was heartened, in arriving back at Midway around 10 pm, for two reasons - one, that I was actually allowed back into the airport and two, that I was not the only one having to spend the night. Many other travellers had already claimed their sleeping areas and, unfortunately, all of the couches on the concourse were already taken. However, I eventually made my way down to the baggage area and chose a spot at the far end, next to a baggage carousel. As I was still not entirely sure I would not be kicked out, I wanted to be as far out of the way as possible (technically, I was not even a legitimate passenger since I had only my expired boarding pass and could not get a new boarding pass until until the following morning). This ended up not being the best of decisions since a) the baggage carousel ended up running until 2 am and b) my chosen bench was directly under a loudspeaker, whose timed announcements continued throughout the night. Needless to say, I don't think I ever fell completely asleep. However, in trying to sleep, I was passed continued >>

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Pleasant cots, unpleasant sounds

by foobarbecue (August, 2009)


Reason for Stay: Weather/airline delay
Where: Airside


I was stuck overnight in Chicago after a delay cause me to miss my connecting flight. The airport staff directed me to concourse C, where to my amazement two lines of about 50 cots each were deployed with military efficiency at precisely 10:30pm. Shortly thereafter staff dispensed blankets made of a blue felt out of a children's art project and the tiniest pillows you can imagine onto each cot. The resulting scene was reminiscent of triage beds in a war zone hospital. I would estimate there were only about 30 patients maximum. However, some of them produced a disproportionate amount of nose. The cellphone conversations and loud laughing died down around midnight, but I got up around 2am and moved to the other end of the row when four inebriated youths moved in nearby, mingling their cacophony with the raucous snoring of the man next to me. Discipline reared its ugly head at 4:30am, when a security guard rapped on each cot, explaining that it was 'Time to get up!'

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good times

by danny1722 (January, 2009)


Reason for Stay: Checking in and had to wait
Where: Landside and Airside


I slept here twice, both times it was nice and quite and I was not bothered. I went to the annex termainal where no flights were coming in- IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY. I would do it again.

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Pleasantly suprised!

by mirando (July, 2008)


Reason for Stay: Connection between flights
Where: Airside


I knew I would only be in the airport for a few hours in between flights, and as a college student without much extra change, decided it wasn't worth my money to get a hotel. I attempted to sleep in a chair in Concourse B, which wouldn't have been too bad, but security came to kick me out. The man was very friendly, much to my surprise, and informed me that if I had a connecting flight in the morning, I could sleep on the cots airport security set up in Concourse C during the hours between 12 and 5 am when the airport is otherwise closed. Very friendly staff, and I got a few hours of much-needed sleep!

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