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Midway International Airport to Open Its First Lounge

The Club MDW will offer expanded amenities and additional places to work, relax for Midway International Airport travelers on all carriers

By Todd R. Berger

10.1.23 The Club MDW at Chicago Midway International Airport Rendering
Rendering of The Club MDW, to open next year at Chicago’s Midway International Airport | Courtesy of Chicago Department of Aviation

For the first time in the airport’s 95-year history, Midway International Airport will offer a lounge to its customers starting in 2024, Mayor Brandon Johnson and the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) announced today.

“Chicago’s original hometown airport is a tremendous driver for jobs and economic opportunity across the South and West sides, and I am thrilled about the new jobs and amenities this club will provide for our residents and the traveling public,” says Mayor Johnson. “Each year, more than 22.7 million people travel through Midway, and we’re excited to be able to offer each of them this new service worthy of our world-class city.”

Located in the Midway International Airport’s Central Market at the intersection of Concourses A and B, The Club MDW will be available for all travelers regardless of airlines and class of service. The Club MDW will offer complimentary food and beverage service to all its patrons in an inviting, relaxing environment.

“Through the Midway Modernization Program, we have transformed the passenger experience at our South Side airport, with new, local concessions offerings from diverse ownership groups, a new security checkpoint pavilion that doubles screening capacity, and enhancements to the airport’s parking systems,” says Commissioner Jamie L. Rhee of the CDA, which owns and operates both O’Hare and Midway international airports. “This new lounge in the heart of Midway is the next step in elevating the passenger experience as Midway continues to see travel numbers that outpace prepandemic statistics.”

The Club MDW will be accessible through Priority Pass, the world’s largest airport lounge membership program. A day pass can also be purchased by any Midway International Airport passenger with a boarding pass for $50. Construction on The Club MDW will begin early next year for a fall 2024 opening.

Developed in collaboration with Midway Partnership, which is redeveloping and managing the airport’s commercial program in partnership with the CDA, the design of the 3,300-square-foot club will draw inspiration from Chicago’s rich architectural history, featuring high-contrast, monochromatic tones. While the classic minimal geometry offers an elegant backdrop for the design, combining a wide range of materials, including metallic accents and plush upholstery that provide a warm and comforting guest experience.

“We are delighted to unveil Midway’s first airport lounge,” says Sammy Patel, CEO of Midway Partnership. “The Club MDW is the latest example of the partnership between Midway Partnership and the Chicago Department of Aviation collectively prioritizing the guest experience and satisfaction of Midway’s passengers.”

Through the airport’s Midway Modernization Program and in collaboration with Midway Partnership, the CDA will open several new food and beverage locations for passengers through the end of this year, including beloved local brands like Connie’s Pizza, Garrett Popcorn Shop, M Burger, and Reilly’s Daughter.