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Chicago - Midway (MDW):
Location16 km/10 Miles SSW of the City Centre.
Airport Overview:
One terminal on three levels: Lowest/ground level is for baggage claim and shuttles/taxis; middle level leads to short term car parks and the CTA subway train; upper level is for check-in and departures. There is a subway train station close by, with a bus station that has local services.
Airport Map:
Click here.


By Taxi:
General: Taxis wait outside the baggage reclaim area on the ground level.
Taxi Meters: Initial charge $2.25, then $1.80 for each extra mile. For the first passenger between the age of 12-65 $1. Each extra passenger $0.50. No extra charge for baggage or for the use of credit cards. $1 surcharge for trips to or from the airport.
Approximate Costs: To the city centre/downtown area, including the Loop, Michigan Ave, Gold Coast & River North: $22-28/20-40 mins depending on traffic. To McCormick Place $23-27. To O' Hare Airport $58-62.
Taxi Companies: AAA Universal Taxi Inc, Tel 1 888 344 8294 or use the free phone in baggage claim. All-Star Cab (888) 533 4240, Americar Flat Rate Taxi & Limo (312) 532 7668. Luxury Limo & Taxi (866) 666 5255 or use the free phone in baggage claim. 303 Taxi (888) CALL 303 or use the free phone in baggage claim. American Taxi (847) 255 9600 or use the free phone in baggage claim. All Star Cab (888) 533 4240. Norshore Cab (800) 244 9200.

By Limo:
Mozio: Budget shared-ride shuttles, airporters, taxis, limos, public transit, rideshare and rental cars with Mozio. Search hundreds of providers and find the cheapest or most efficient way to get to and from your airport.
Limos.com: Find limo service, click here. Click here to find a locally based limousine company.
Other Limos: O'Hare Midway Limousine Service Tel (800) 468 8989. Americar Flat Rate Taxi & Limo (312) 532 7668. Chicago Connection Limousine (847) 875 3272.

By Bus & Coach from the Airport Lower Level:
Bus stops: There are 2 areas at the airport where buses stop. The local bus services stop at the bus station next to the CTA subway station (follow signs for 'Train to City CTA'). Longer distance coaches stop on the ground level outside baggage reclaim.
CoachUSA to Michigan City, IN: Route: Chicago O'Hare Airport Terminal 5 - Chicago O'Hare Airport (Shuttle Bus Center) - Chicago Midway Airport - Crestwood (5545 West 127th) - Highland (8144 Indianapolis) - Portage, IN (central & Irving) - Michigan City, IN (US421/Kieffer Rd).
Timings: Buses leave Midway airport daily every hour 0615-2115 & 2315. Buses leave Michigan City daily every hour 0420-1820. Travel Times: To Crestwood 35 mins, Highland 1:05, Portage 1:25 & Michigan City 1:55. Note: Buses do not make all stops, and passengers may need to change buses.
Cost: To Portage & Highland $27 one way ($48 round trip), Crestwood $18 ($33), & Michigan City $29 ($52). Contact: Tel 1 800 248 8747 or see www.coachusa.com.
CoachUSA to South Bend, IN: Route: Chicago O'Hare Airport Terminal 5 - Chicago O'Hare Airport (Shuttle Bus Center) - Chicago Midway Airport - Crestwood (5545 West 127th) - Highland (8144 Indianapolis) - South Bend Airport, IN (Rear Building B) - South Bend (Notre Dame, Holy Cross Dr/Notre Dame Ave).
Timings: Buses leave Midway airport daily every 2 hours 0715-2115. Buses leave Notre Dame daily every 2 hours 0410-1810. Buses leave South Bend Airport daily every 2 hours 0430-1830. Travel Times: To Crestwood 35 mins, Highland 1:10, South Bend Airport 3:45, Notre Dame 4:05 & Mishawaka 4:25. Note: Buses do not make all stops, and passengers may need to change buses.
Cost: To Highland $27 one way ($48 round trip) & South Bend $40 ($69). Contact: Tel 1 800 248 8747 or see www.coachusa.com.
CoachUSA/Van Galder Bus to Rockford: Route: Chicago Midway Airport - Amtrak Station (Jackson & Canal) - Clock Tower Resort (E State & I-90) - Rockford Bus Terminal (7559 Walton St).
Timings: Buses leave Midway airport daily at 0630 (does not call at Amtrak), 1200, 1330, 1600, 1700, 1815, 2000 & 2145. Buses leave Rockford Bus Terminal daily at 0410, 0850, 1020, 1150, 1320, 1450, 1620 & 1820. Travel Times: To Amtrak Station 1 hour, Clock Tower Resort 2 hrs, Rockford 2:10.
Cost: To Rockford $24 one way. Children 16 & under $10. Contact: Tel 1 800 747 0994 or see www.vangalderbus.com.
CoachUSA/Van Galder Bus to Madison via Rockford: Route: Midway Airport - Amtrak Station (Jackson & Canal) - Rockford (Best Western Clock Tower Resort) - Rockford Bus Terminal (7559 Walton St) - South Beloit (Road Ranger McDonalds) - Janesville Bus Terminal (3120 N Pontiac) - Madison Dutch Mill Park & Ride - Madison UW Memorial Union (800 Langdon).
Timings: Buses leave Midway airport daily at 0630, 1200, 1330, 1600, 1700, 1815, 2000 & 2145. Buses leave Madison UW Memorial Union daily at 0220, 0700, 0830, 1000, 1130, 1300, 1430 & 1630. Travel Times: To Madison UW Memorial Union 3 hrs - 3:30.
Cost: Adults Madison $31, Janesville $30, Beloit $29 & Rockford $24 one way. Children 16 and under $10. Contact: Tel 1 800 747 0994 or see www.vangalderbus.com.
Peoria Charter Coach to Joliet, Normal & Peoria: Route: O'Hare Airport - Midway Airport - Joliet (Louis Joliet Mall) - Pontiac (BP Station I-55 & Route 116) - Normal (Bone Student Center) - Peoria (Bradley University).
Timings: Buses leave the airport lower level daily at 1025, 1510, 1910 & 2130. Buses leave Bradley University daily at 0400, 0600, 1030, 1420 & 1750. Travel Times: To Bradley Uni direct 3 hrs.
Cost: To Peoria $37, Normal $35, Pontiac $28 & Joliet $23. Contact: Tel 1 800 448 0572 or (309) 688 9523.
LEX Express to the Chicago Suburbs: Route: Northbrook Mall - Woodfield Mall - O'Hare Airport (T5 and Bus/Shuttle center) - Midway Airport (outside baggage claim) - Oakbrook Mall - Crestwood, IL (CoachUSA terminal). Timings: Buses depart Midway airport every 90 mins throughout the day. Contact: Tel (800) 223 9313 or (217) 352 6682 or see www.golexexpress.com. Reservations are required.
Omega Bus: Route: Runs to O'Hare Airport, see Airport to Airport section below.

By Bus from the Airport Subway Station
Bus stops: There are 2 areas at the airport where buses stop. The local bus services stop at the bus station next to the CTA subway station (follow signs for 'Train to City CTA'). Longer distance coaches stop on the ground level outside baggage reclaim.
Bus Costs: $2.50 peak period and off-peak period if paid cash. $2 if paid by CTA card.
CTA Bus 47 to 47th St: Route: Runs East to 47/Lake Park. Timings: Mon-Fri 0400-0100. Saturdays 0400-0100. Sundays 0400-0100.
CTA Bus 54B to South Cicero: Route: Runs to South Cicero and Cermak/Kenton. Timings: Runs Mon-Sat early morning to late evening. Sundays & Holidays morning to late evening.
CTA Bus 55 to Garfield: Route: Runs east along 55th St to the Museum of Science & Industry on Hyde Park Blvd. Timings: Runs daily every 6-20 mins from early morning to early evening.
CTA Bus 59 to 59th/61st: Route: Runs along 59th St to Stony Island/60th. Timings: Runs Mon-Sat early morning to early evening.
CTA Bus 62 & N62 to Downtown Chicago: Route: Archer/Harlem - Airport Subway Station - Downtown Chicago (Dearborn/Kinzie). Timings: Runs every 10-20 mins from early morning to late evening. CTA Bus N62 is the overnight owl service runs from the airport to downtown every 30 mins.
CTA Bus 63 to 63rd: Route: Runs West along Cicero & 63rd St to Archer or east along 63rd to Stony Island. June-August, the bus continues to 63rd St Beach. Timings: Runs Mon-Sat morning to late evening. Sundays & Holidays early morning to mid evening.
Other buses: Other buses include: Bus 379 to W 79th St, Bus 382 to Central/Clearing, Bus 383 to South Cicero, Bus 384 to Narrangansett-Ridgeland, Bus 385 to 87th/111th/127th, Bus 386 to South Harlem & Bus 831 to Joiliet.

By Shuttle Van:
General: Shuttles depart from outside the baggage reclaim area on the ground level.
resorthoppa.com: resorthoppa.com runs shuttle vans and private cars from this airport to Chicago city centre. Click here to make a reservation.
Shuttlefare: On-line shuttle van reservations to and from this airport. Click here to make a reservation.
Mozio: Budget shared-ride shuttles, airporters, taxis, limos, public transit, rideshare and rental cars with Mozio. Search hundreds of providers and find the cheapest or most efficient way to get to and from your airport.
GO Airport Express: Routes: Runs door to door shuttles from Midway Airport to Downtown Chicago, McCormick Place, Lincoln Park & Suburbs. Shuttles pick up outside door #3. For a full list of suburbs served, see the website.
Timings: Departures from the airport are every 10-15 mins 0600-2230. Reservations are NOT needed for travel FROM the airport. Departures from Chicago city center hotels are available every 30 mins. Reservations ARE needed for travel TO the airport. Reservation possible by phone or online.
Cost: To downtown Chicago $23 adult one way, round trip $40. 2 people travelling together to the same destination: adult one way $16 each. round trip $28 each. 3 people travelling together to the same destination: adult one way $13 each. round trip $23 each. To Lincoln Park $30 adult one way, round trip $54. 2 people travelling together to the same destination: adult one way $22 each, round trip $40 each. 3 people travelling: adult one way $17 each, round trip $31 each. Credit cards accepted.
Contact: (773) 247 1200 or 1 800 2 THE VAN. There is a GO Airport Express desk at door 3 in the baggage reclaim area. Note: GO Airport Express was previously known as Continental Airport Express.

By Train:
CTA Orange Line Subway Train to Chicago: The train station is connected to the terminal by a covered walkway which runs through a car park. Go up one level from the baggage claim area (or one level down from the check-in level) and follow the signs which are clearly marked 'Train to City CTA'. 5-10 minute walk to the station.
Route: Runs to points all over the City. CTA Train Map. Orange Line Route: Midway Airport - Pulaski - Kedzie - Western - 35/Archer - Ashland - Halsted - Roosevelt - then the train runs round the loop (a ring of stations at the city centre), routing - Library - La Salle - Quincy - Washington - Clark - State - Randolph - Madison - Adams - then returning to the airport via Roosevelt etc. Transfers are possible at various stations in the loop, to other subway train lines.
Timings To the City: Trains leave the airport Mon-Fri at 0355, 0415, 0435, 0455, then every 7-20 mins until 0055. Saturdays every 10-20 mins 0435-0051. Sundays every 10-20 mins 0535-0031.
Timings From the City: Trains leave the city centre/loop Mon-Fri at 0427, 0447, 0507, then every 7-15 mins until 0002. Additionally on Tue-Fri mornings, trains run until 0127. Saturdays every 10-20 mins 0507-0127. Sundays & Holidays every 10-20 mins 0535-2331.
Travel Times: To the loop/city center 25-30 mins.
Cost: $2 per journey. CTA travel cards are bought from machines in the station, and charged with money of any required amount. No change is given from these machines. Each time you use the train, value is deducted from the card. All day passes are also available.
Contact: CTA Info 836 7000 www.transitchicago.com.


Rental Cars:
On-Airport Rental Car Providers: ALAMO, AVIS, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, HERTZ, National & Thrifty all have desks in the baggage claim area on the ground level.
Weblinks: Click here to book -----> Car Trawler Car Hire.

Car Parking:
Hourly Parking: Short term car parking, known as the terminal garage, is within easy walk. Hourly parking is available on floor 1. Cost: Up to 30 mins $2, 1 hour $4, 2 hrs $6, each extra hour $2, 6 hrs $14, 7 hrs $17, each extra hour $2. Daily max $51.
Daily Parking: Short term car parking, known as the terminal garage, is within easy walk. Daily parking is available on floors 4, 5 & 6. Cost: Up to 30 mins $2, 1 hour $4, 2 hrs $6, 3 hrs $8, 4 hrs $10, 4-8 hrs $13, 8-12 hrs $18, 12-16 hrs $23 & 16-24 hrs $29.
Economy Parking: Free, 24 hour shuttle buses run every 15 mins from outside the baggage reclaim area on the ground level to all economy parking lots (Red, Yellow and Blue) every 15 mins. Cost: Up to 10 mins free, 1 hour $2, 2 hrs $5, 24 hrs $14. Each extra day $14.
Cellphone Parking: Midway airport now has a cell-phone parking lot. The idea is that when meeting arriving passengers, you can wait in this designated area free of chage, until your arriving passenger calls to say they are ready for pick-up. Vehicles must be attended at all times. It is open 0600-0130 daily. It is at 61st St/Cicero Ave, just 4 mins drive from the terminal.

Airport to Airport: 
To O'Hare Airport: By Taxi: $58-62/40-80 mins.
Omega Airport Shuttle runs hourly services between O'Hare (Terminal 5 & Shuttle bus center) & Midway Airports. Timings: Shuttles leave Midway airport every hour 0700-2200. Travel Time: To O'Hare Airport 50-75 mins or more depending on traffic. Latest timings are available in printed schedules from the info booths on the lower level of the terminal or on the Omega Web site. Pick-up is at bus/shuttle center door number 4. Cost: The one-way fare is $45. Contact: (773) 734 6688.
CTA Orange line train runs every 5-15 mins, then change to the blue line for Chicago O'Hare. Cost: $2 or 3.

Money Services: ATMs/Cash machines available in the baggage reclaim area on the ground level.
Notes:
Baggage carts are available for rent at $4 each. Wireless internet available, but at a cost.
 Hotel & Taxi booking boards are in the baggage claim area.
Airport Hotels:
Hilton Garden Inn Midway Airport (708) 496 2700, Four Points Sheraton (773) 581 5300, Marriott Chicago Midway (708) 594 5500, Budget Inn & Suites (708) 499 4111, Best Western Midway Airport (708) 497 3000, Carlton Inn Midway (773) 582 0900, Midway Inn (773) 582 9600, Holiday Inn Chicago Midway Airport (708) 563 6490, or use the free phones in baggage claim.
Airport Website:
www.ohare.com/midway/home.asp.
Airport Tel No:
+1 (773) 838 0600.

Updated Nov13 ADV.
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