The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people delay traveling during the pandemic until they are fully vaccinated. Traveling is risky and those who are asymptomatic can infect others. All fliers should self-monitor for symptoms before heading to the airport and wear masks during the entire duration of their trips.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot has already issued an emergency travel order that requires a negative COVID-19 test result or a 10-day quarantine for people coming into the city from certain states. The order applies to states with a significant community-wide spread of COVID-19. Fully vaccinated individuals who have no symptoms do not need to quarantine.
Traveling can be a stressful endeavor, especially on an empty stomach. While the novel coronavirus forced a number of spots to temporarily close, many have since reopened. Read on to find every place for a quick bite or drink.
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 a maki roll or poke bowl. (Concourse A Food Hall)
Big City Chicken: Lettuce Entertain You’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. (Concourse A Food Hall)
Cafe L’Appetito: The Italian chain has locations in the downtown area. Before that it had an outpost inside the John Hancock Center. That means the staff knows how to deal with crowds. It also means bagels are toasted properly, bacon is crisp, and service is fast. These are desirable qualities when travelers don’t want a sit-down meal, but don’t want a grab-and-go sandwich either. (Main Terminal Central Market)
DeColores: A breakfast burrito can be a wonderful traveling companion. DeColores serves travelers a taste of Pilsen with chips, fresh guacamole, burritos, 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’ boy, 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 in a different location with a revamped menu. Customers will find breakfast offerings, burgers, wings, and 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 but guests can chow on burgers, sandwiches, and salads. (B7)
Reilly’s Daughter: This Irish pub has two locations at Midway. Belly up for some fish and chips alongside Jameson, Guinness, Smithwick’s, or a breakfast Bloody. The incredibly friendly bartenders have even been known to pour drinks into a “to-go” cup. (Main Terminal Central Market, Concourse A Food Hall)
Vienna Beef: Chicago’s venerable sausage and roast beef manufacturer operates a restaurant at the airport so out-of-towners shouldn’t leave the Windy City without trying two of its most celebrated foods: The Chicago-style hot dog and the Italian beef sandwich. (Main Terminal Central Market)
Windy City Taproom: Make a pit stop at this full-service bar and complement the alcohol with burgers, sandwiches, and salads. (B11)
Woodgrain Neapolitan Pizza: Chicago is a deep dish and tavern-style pizza kind of town but fliers can enjoy a taste of Naples before departing, courtesy of this suburban pizzeria. (Concourse A Food Hall)
Quick Snacks at Midway
Dunkin’ Express: Fliers may need to run on Dunkin’ to get to their final destination. The ubiquitous chain provides a limited selection of donuts, muffins, and caffeinated beverages at its stands in Concourse B. (B14, B19)
Einstein Bros. Bagels: The bagel chain fuels weary travelers with coffee, salads, soups, sandwiches, and, of course, bagels. (A7)
The Market: Grab a panini, breakfast bagel, coffee, or ice cream to go. (B14)
Nuts on Clark: Snack on assorted nuts, caramel corn, cheese popcorn, chocolate-covered pretzels, and more from this Chicago-based store. (Concourse A Food Hall)