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Where to Eat at Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)

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As the holiday travel season approaches, here are the restaurants open at the South Side hub

Travelers walk through Concourse A at Midway International Airport.
It’s time to hop on those end-of-year travel plans.

Traveling can be a stressful endeavor, especially on an empty stomach. At Midway International Airport, a $75 million renovation project over the past several years has introduced multiple new vendors, many of which have local ties. Although some longtime favorites are now gone, additions like Arami, Hubbard Inn, and Tallboy Taco should help soften the blow. So don’t despair the next time that inevitable flight delay occurs; check out the Eater Chicago Midway Airport Dining Guide to find every spot to grab a bite or drink.

The Lineup

A restaurant inside an airport terminal.
Lauded sushi spot Arami has helped bolster the dining options at Midway.

Arami: One of the city’s best sushi restaurants is also at Midway. Ty Fujimura’s West Town spot is among the tenants in the Concourse A food hall. Watch chefs carve up fresh fish while trying maki or a poke bowl. (A7)

Big City Chicken: Lettuce Entertain You Enterprise’s fried chicken shop at Navy Pier has expanded to Midway. Make the airport experience better by devouring a crispy chicken sandwich or some chicken strips. Spice fanatics can dial up the heat with Nashville-style hot chicken. (B7)

Billy Goat Tavern: The iconic burger joint, steeped in North Side lore, isn’t afraid to make an appearance in White Sox territory. Kill some time with the famous no-frills “cheezborger” or a pint of beer. (A7)

Cielo Cantina: A burrito can be a wonderful traveling companion. This full-service spot gives travelers a taste of Pilsen with quesadillas, street tacos, and margaritas. (A7)

Gene’s Bistro: This airy bistro offers a full bar and a wide-ranging menu that features burgers, barbecue pork sliders, shrimp po’ boys, nachos, potstickers, and salads. (Main Terminal Central Market).

Harry Caray’s Shortstop: The restaurant dedicated to famed Cubs and White Sox broadcaster Harry Caray was a fixture at Midway before making way for new additions. It has since returned to a different location with a revamped menu. Customers will find breakfast offerings, burgers, wings, and a fully stocked bar. (A9)

Home Run Inn Pizza: The popular pizza chain has relocated to Concourse B. Nowadays, most people know the brand for its frozen pies. But Home Run Inn is also a South Side staple that slings a variety of personal pizzas at Midway. (B17)

Hubbard Inn: River North’s eclectic restaurant and club has brought its European-inspired plates and old-world decor to the airport. There’s no loud music at this outpost, so guests can chow on burgers, sandwiches, and salads in relative peace. (B7)

Reilly’s Daughter: Belly up for some fish and chips or a reuben alongside a pint of Guinness at this Irish pub. (Concourse A Food Hall)

Tallboy Taco: The West Coast-inspired taqueria from Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises focuses on fresh and simple ingredients. Start the day with some breakfast tacos or enjoy classic favorites like al pastor and beer-battered crispy fish. The menu also features burritos, bowls, quesadillas, and agua frescas. (Main Terminal Central Market)

Woodgrain Neapolitan Pizza: Chicago is a deep dish and tavern-style pizza kind of town but fliers can savor a taste of Naples before departing, courtesy of this suburban pizzeria. (A7)

Quick Snacks at Midway

Big Shoulders Coffee: Recharge with a coffee, espresso, or latte from this Chicago-based roaster. (A14)

Big Bowl: Fill up before a flight with bowls, potstickers, and egg rolls at Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ Asian-inspired stalwart. (Main Terminal Central Market)

Big & Little’s: The Midway outpost of this Lakeview restaurant offers meat, seafood, and vegetarian tacos, breakfast tacos, beer, and wine. (B14)

Café Descartes: For folks waiting on their bags, this café supplies coffee, tea, pastries, sandwiches, and all-day breakfast bites. (Baggage Claim)

Camden Food Co.: Short on time? Stop here for to-go sandwiches, salads, fruit, and coffee. (B20)

Dunkin’ Express: Fliers may need to run on Dunkin’ to get to their final destination. The ubiquitous chain provides a limited selection of doughnuts, muffins, and caffeinated beverages. (B19)

Einstein Bros. Bagels: The bagel chain fuels weary travelers with coffee, salads, soups, sandwiches, and, of course, bagels. (A7)

Farmer’s Fridge: Eat healthy on the go with salads and grain bowls that are made fresh and dispensed from vending machines. (Main Terminal Central Market, A4A, C1)

The Market: Grab a panini, breakfast bagel, coffee, or ice cream to go. (B16)

Nuts on Clark: Snack on assorted nuts, caramel corn, cheese popcorn, chocolate-covered nuts, and more from this Chicago-based store. A popcorn vending machine is located in the Central Market. (Concourse A Food Hall)

The Orange Line: Family-friendly crowd-pleasers are available here, including Buffalo chicken mac and cheese, truffle fries, and tacos, as well as several types of Bloody Marys. (B21)

Porkchop BBQ: Swing by for comfort foods like ribs, pulled pork, and barbecue chicken, as well as burgers and salads. (B14)

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