Over the weekend, travelers through Chicago’s Midway International Airport saw the completion of various dining upgrades with the opening of new restaurants including a White Sox-themed restaurant, Tabo Sushi, and Cafe L’ Appettito. The city’s aviation department told the Daily Herald as many as 29 new food vendors will eventually arrive at the city’s other airport.
The “29” figure is somewhat misleading. Restaurants like Tabo Sushi and Home Run Inn Pizza have multiple locations. For instance, those two have their main locations on Concourse B food court, as well as mini spots closer to the airport gates. Reilly’s Daughter, which already had an airport bar, opened a location across the concourse as part of the new blood.
Matching their North Side baseball counterpart, who have their own restaurant bar at O’Hare International Airport, Concourse B is also the home to the Go-Go White Sox Grill, named after the nickname for the team’s 1959 American League championship club. It serves breakfast until 10:30 a.m. with a variety of omelettes. And given the team’s success with players from Cuba, it also serves a sandwich called the “Midwest Cubano.” It’s not quite traditional as it includes pulled pork, soppressata, zucchini pickles, and Dijonaise between a brioche bun. Other selections include flatbreads and burgers. Unfortunately, the menu is devoid of baseball puns.
There was still was some dust around with construction not yet completed, which led to some delays in service early Saturday morning. It’s a soft opening feel, as some vendors haven’t established regular hours. That’s well and nice for the service workers needing experience, but it was frustrating for travelers waiting as long as 15 minutes in line at the Dunkin’ Donuts temporary kiosk for their coffees. Those delays should be eliminated once Dunkin’ opens its permanent location at the food court.
Midway has a decidedly more old-school Chicago feel than O’Hare, as the South Side airport doesn’t have any Publican or Rick Bayless franchises, even after the new restaurant additions. But regardless of the names behind the new restaurants, an upgraded Midway dining experience is here.