Beginning next year, Chicago’s Midway Airport will offer travelers a new lounge with complimentary food and beverages in “an inviting, relaxing environment.”
A first in the airport’s 95-year history, the new lounge will measure over 3,300 square feet Mayor Brandon Johnson and the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) announced yesterday.
According to the official release on Chicago.gov, The Club MDW, as it will be called, “will be available for all travelers regardless of airlines and class of service.”
Anybody will be invited to access The Club MDW through a lounge membership program or by purchasing a $50 day pass which will be available to any Midway passenger with a boarding pass.
The release also specified that The Club MDW will be located in the airport’s Central Market at the intersection of Concourses A and B.
The design of the 3,300-square-foot club will reportedly “draw inspiration from Chicago’s rich architectural history, featuring high-contrast, monochromatic tones” as well as “metallic accents and plush upholstery that provide a warm and comforting guest experience.”
“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,” said Mayor Brandon Johnson yesterday. “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.”
The new lounge comes as Southwest Side Airport undergoes a series of changes including work that recently finished on the security and parking areas and new food and retail concessions.
New locations for Connie’s Pizza, M Burger, and Garrett Popcorn Shop are expected to open in the coming months according to Chicago Department of Aviation spokesman Kevin Bargnes.
Work will begin in early 2024 with an official opening date mooted for fall later next year.
More information can be found on the official Midway Airport website.
[Featured image courtesy of the Chicago Department of Aviation]