Chicago Midway International Airport

Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) is an international airport located eight miles (13 km) from the Loop, which is the central business district of the city and the main part of its downtown. In 2019, 19, 573,000 passengers enplaned and deplaned at the airport.

On-Time Performance Summary

  • 70 percent of the departure flights were on time in 2019
  • Average delay minutes of the departure flights were 52 minutes
  • 80 percent of the arrival flights were on time in 2019
  • Average delay minutes of the arrival flights were 59 minutes

Ground Transportation: Getting To and from the Airport

The most economical public transit system is facilitated by the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). It operates bus and train services to and from the airport.

CTA Trains

The CTA trains in Chicago are well known as the “L,” and the Orange Line trains are the easiest and most affordable way to get to Midway from downtown via public transit. The service starts as early as 4:00 to 4:30 am and continues until 1.00 am every day. On weekday and evening rush hours the frequency is higher to cope with the demands. The normal travel time from Midway to downtown is 20-25 minutes.

CTA Buses

The CTA offers nine bus routes that serve Midway. Several Pace buses also operate to and from the airport. Midway Transportation Center, the same location as the Midway CTA station serves as the drop off and pickup points.

Taxis, Limousines, and Rideshare

Taxi stands are located on the lower level curbfront of the terminals, and taxis are available on a first come, first serve basis. Limousines​has its stand at the Ground Transportation Information Booth located on the Baggage Claim level near carousel #4. You can pre-arrange the ride or meet the driver in in the Baggage Claim area.

 

Route Name Route Route Length
Route 47 47th Between Cicero/Archer and 47th/Lake Park
Route 54B South Cicero Between Ford City Mall and Cermak/Kenton
Route 55 Garfield Between the Museum of Science & Industry and Midway
Route 55A South Cicero Between Austin/65th and Midway
Route 55N 55th/Austin Between Austin/65th and Midway
Route 62N Archer Between State/Washington and Midway via State, Roosevelt, Halsted, Archer and Cicero
Route 62H Archer/Harlem Between 63rd/Archer and Midway
Route 63 63rd Between 63rd Street/Stony Island and Midway
Route 63W West 63rd Between Archer and Midway

 

Airlines by Passenger Traffic Share

Airlines No. of Passengers Passenger Share %
Southwest 18,758 95.84
Delta 432 2.21
SkyWest 332 1.70
Endeavor 0.98 0.01
Other 49.22 0.25

 

Top 10 Destination Airports, Airlines, Nonstop Flight Time

Destinations Airlines No. of stops Flight Time
Atlanta (CA), ATL Delta, Southwest Nonstop 1 hour 50 minutes
Las Vegas (NV), LAS Southwest Nonstop 3 hour 55 minutes
Denver (CO), DEN Southwest Nonstop 2 hour 35 minutes
Orlando (FL), MCO Southwest Nonstop 2 hour 35 minutes
Minneapolis (MN), MSP Delta, Southwest, Virgin Atlantic Nonstop 1 hour 41 minute
Phoenix (AZ), PHX Southwest Nonstop 3 hours 50 minutes
Dallas (TX), DAL Southwest Nonstop 2 hours 15 minutes
Los Angeles (CA), LAX Southwest Nonstop 4 hours 35 minutes
Houston (TX), HOU Southwest Nonstop 2 hour 50 minutes
Baltimore (MD), BWI Southwest Nonstop 1 hour 45 minutes