Sleeping in Airports

Chicago Midway Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Chicago Midway Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

Concourse B is very big and cozy. I slept in a chair and time flew by. – nt

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us about their time at Chicago Midway International Airport.

What to Expect

Chicago Midway Airport is comprised of one main terminal with three interconnected concourses (A, B and C). Passengers on arriving flights can access all three concourses without having to re-clear security. The airport offers travellers plenty of dining, retail and service options, with most being airside. Amenities and things to do are very limited; however, the free WiFi should help pass the time.

Where to Sleep

Travellers report that landside sleeping is uncomfortable due to lack of comfortable seating, noise and bright lights. This can be a problem for those planning to stay overnight for an early flight out, because once security closes for the night, passengers are not allowed to cross between landside and airside. Overall, travellers generally report that airport staff and security are accommodating to overnight sleepers. Concourse C is considered the quietest and cleanest of the three concourses, but with no benches, the floor may be the only sleep option. For uninterrupted sleep there are nearby hotels that provide free shuttle service. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

There are no pay-per-use lounges.

Military Lounges

USO Lounge – The USO offers a lounge that is free of charge to active members of the US military and their families. Location: Concourse C, Airside. [ more info ]

Airport Hotels

If sleeping at the Chicago Midway Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport that offer free airport shuttles:

  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Chicago Midway Airport – (3 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle departs every 20 minutes. » Check Rates
  • Hilton Garden Inn Chicago Midway Airport – (3 minutes from the airport) Free Red Trolley shuttle service runs to Midway Airport and the Midway Orange Line station. » Check Rates
  • Hampton Inn Chicago Midway Airport – (3 minutes from the airport) Free 24-hour airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Midway Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Cots

In the event of bad weather or massive flight cancellations, this airport has a supply of cots for stranded travellers. If you are stranded during a weather delay, contact an airport employee to find out when the cots are located. According to a May 2018 review, a traveller noted that “cots are no longer available in Terminal A”. Keep in mind that cots are not available for travellers who simply decide to spend the night in the airport. Bad weather and mass flight cancellations only!

Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Chicago Midway Airport for 30 minutes. For uninterrupted, commercial-free access, a premium high-speed service is also available for a fee. 1 hour, 24 hour and 1 month plans available. Rate for 24 hour access is $6.95.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines

Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside and Airside.

Baby Care Facilities

A baby care room is available which offers a private place for breastfeeding, a sink and washing area. Location: Concourse C, next to the yoga room. Baby change facilities can also be found in most washrooms throughout the airport.

Baggage Carts

Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts are available. Rate: unknown.

Chapel

Location: Mezzanine, Level C

Currency Exchange

Seaway National Bank provides currency services. Location: Concourse A. Hours: 7:00AM – 6:00PM (Mon, Thurs, Fri & Sat) and 7:00AM – 1:00PM (Tues, Wed and Sun).

Duty Free & Shopping

Duty Free shopping is not available. The airport offers a variety of shops to pass the time. Shops are generally open from 5:00AM – 10:00PM.

Food & Drinks

Most food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. These options are open 24 hours: Dunkin Donuts (Main Terminal) • Gold Coast Dogs (Main Terminal, Boulevard) • Jetbox/Dunkin Donuts • Pegasus On The Fly (Main Terminal, Boulevard).

Information Desk

Location, Main Entrance of Terminal. Hours: unknown.

Luggage Storage & Lockers

Not available.

Mobile Charging

Charge your electronics at any of the “Get Plugged In” charging stations, power-equipped seats or seated Power Stations located throughout the terminal at the Ticketing Level, concourse gates and Baggage Claim areas.

Rest Zones

Not available.

Showers

Not available.

Smoking

Smoking is prohibited anywhere within the airport.

Yoga Room

Relax or stretch in between flights at the airport’s yoga room. The room comes equipped with a wall-mounted TV that displays yoga poses to follow. Location: Airside, Concourse C. Hours: 6:00AM – 10:00PM.

Airport Hours

The terminal is open 24 hours; however, only ticketed passengers are permitted inside between 12:00AM and 4:00AM.

Airlines

As of March 2018, Chicago Midway airport is served by the following airlines: Delta • North Country Sky • Porter Airlines • Southwest Airlines • Volaris Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Amtrak Connections

From the airport you can travel to the Amtrak via subway or taxi. A taxi ride will take approximately 15 minutes. Alternatively, you can take the subway from the Midway Transportation Center, located adjacent to the airport. Take the Orange Line to LaSalle, then change to the Blue Line towards Forest Park, exit at Clinton Station and then walk ten minutes to Union Station. Total travel time is approximately 45 minutes.

Bus

Nine CTA public bus routes serve Midway Airport from points all over the city of Chicago. For more information on routes and fares, visit the Transit Chicago website.

PACE suburban public bus system serves the Chicago area suburbs. Seven PACE bus routes serve the airport via the Midway Transportation Center: Routes 379, 382, 383, 384, 385, 386 and 390. For fares and information, visit the PACE website.

Midway Airport is served by several regional bus companies, transporting passengers between Midway Airport and destinations in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa and Indiana. Contact your service provider of choice for further information.

Car Rentals

The Midway Airport Rental Car Facility houses the following car rental agencies: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Corporate Rent a Car, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, Payless and Thrifty. Free shuttle service runs between the Rental Car Facility and the airport at the Arrivals Lower Level front curb near Door 3.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels offer free airport shuttle service as a convenience for their guests. Contact your hotel of choice for shuttle service availability and information. Here are a few hotels that offer airport shuttle service: Carlton Inn Midway   •  Courtyard Chicago Midway Airport   •   Fairfield Inn Chicago Midway Airport   •   Hampton Inn Chicago-Midway Airport   •   Hilton Chicago/Oak Lawn   •   Hilton Garden Inn Chicago Midway Airport   •   Holiday Inn Countryside   •   Holiday Inn Express Chicago-Midway Airport   •   Hyatt Place Chicago Midway Airport   •   Marriott Chicago Midway   •   Residence Inn Chicago Midway   •   Sleep Inn Midway Airport   •   Super 8 Bridgeview/Chicago Area.

Shared Ride Shuttle

Go Airport Express provides door-to-door shared ride or exclusive ride service between the airport and the Chicago metropolitan area and the Chicago O’Hare Airport. Service runs daily from 6:00AM – 11:30PM. Shuttles depart every 15 minutes from Arrivals, Lower Level outside of Door 3 on the inside lane. Wheelchair-accessible shuttles are available, but advanced reservation is strongly suggested.

Taxi

Taxi stands are located curb front on the lower level of the terminals. Wheelchair-accessible taxis can be requested by calling United Dispatch. For safety reasons, please do not accept rides from the airport from a taxi that is not operating from the designated taxi stands.

Train

The CTA Orange Line train runs between Midway Airport Orange Line station (connected to the east side of the terminal via covered walkway) and downtown Chicago for a total trip time of 20 – 25 minutes in one direction. For information on schedules and fares, visit the Transit Chicago website.

Last updated: 2018-10-29

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide, write a review or send an email to [email protected] and we will update this guide.