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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 continued >>

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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 f continued >>

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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 busine continued >>

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