With summer travel just around the corner, you're likely going to want to get away, even for a few days. And you may get hungry at the airport so we're re-running our Airport Dining Guides so you know exactly where to eat.
While Chicago's Midway International Airport may be the Second City's second airport, sometimes good things come in smaller packages. Such is the case with the dining options at Midway, Chicago's South Side airport. So if you get to the airport early and need a bite or have some time to kill while waiting for a connecting flight, take a look at the following list of Eater's picks of where to dine and drink while waiting at Midway, many of which are homegrown Chicago eateries you'll find in other parts of the city.
Best Dining Options at Midway Airport
1) Manny's: One of Chicago's longest-running and most-revered deli's, Manny's, has an airport outpost. Manny's at Midway offers favorite selections like the piled-high corned beef, peppered pastrami, turkey and brisket sandwiches. Maybe get some cole slaw or potato salad, but don't even think about missing one of their famous potato pancakes with apple sauce and sour cream. [Concourse A]
2) Potbelly Sandwich Shop: What started as a small shop in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood has spawned a 15-state wholesome old school-feeling sandwich chain. Stop in to Potbelly for a breakfast sammie or steel-cut oatmeal starting at 5 a.m. or get a fresh made-to-order sandwich on an oven-toasted roll. It may be a chain, but it certainly doesn't feel like it. [Concourse B]
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3) Pegasus on the Fly: Chicago is serious about its Greek food and Pegasus is one of the cornerstones of the city's Greek Town, as is its sister spot Artopolis Cafe, both of which provide inspiration for the menu here. Grab a spinach and feta pie, gyros, chicken kabob, classic Greek salad and more. Breakfast served, too. [Midway Triangle Food Court]
4) Harry Caray's Seventh Inning Stretch: As Midway's flagship and only full-service restaurant, this spot named for the legendary Cubs announcer offers steaks, seafood, hearty Italian dishes, Italian beef, soups, salads, burgers and more. And yes, there's a full bar and breakfast is served. [Midway Triangle Food Court]
5) Lalo's: If you want a burrito or tacos, come to Lalo's, which has a few spots around the city. The menu also features enchiladas, fajitas, chimichangas, pollo con mole and even a tilapia filet. Just don't forget you're about to get on a plane. With other people. [Midway Triangle Food Court]
6) Gold Coast Dogs: Looking for an authentic Chicago hot dog? You just found it. Don't worry about the whole "no ketchup on a hot dog" rule, but know you may get a few harsh stares from some folks. [Midway Triangle Food Court]
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7) Reilly's Daughter: Chicago is full of authentic Irish bars so why should Midway be any different? Tucked away from the bustle, the space features brass railings and a beautiful etched wood bar with a built-in clock so you won't miss your flight. Belly up for some Jameson, Guinness, Smithwick's or a breakfast Bloody. The incredibly friendly bartenders have even been known to pour your drink into a "to go" cup. [Midway Triangle Food Court]
Quick Snacks at Midway
1) Red Mango: Curb your FroYo craving while waiting for your flight from this California-based chain. [Concourse B]
2) Nuts on Clark: Pick up assorted nuts, caramel corn, cheese popcorn, chocolate-covered prezels and more from this Chicago-based store. [Midway Triangle Food Court]
3) Ben & Jerry's: It's Ben & Jerry's. Need we say more? [Midway Triangle Food Court]