Kav92373 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (14 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2066 times:
The new terminal at MDW is pretty sweet. The only problem is that they are still using the old terminal's gates right now. It is a pretty long walk from the new terminal to the old gates. Does anyone know when the new gates will be ready?
Kindalazy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (14 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2044 times:
Right now, the walk to the gates from the new terminal adds about 10 minutes compared to old. However, the gates will eventually be reconstructed and moved closer to Cicero Ave by completion of project - a couple of years off. Thus it is as "bad" now as it will ever be. All in all, its pretty nice - the old ATA check in was a disaster!!
Brick From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1603 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1984 times:
I went through MDW twice this weekend. On Saturday I had the unfortunate experience of having to spend almost 4.5 hrs between flights.
The new terminal is very nice, spacious, and modern. Only the ticket check-in counters, rental car counters, and baggage claim are operating. There are no services, food or aircraft yet. It's quite a long walk from the gate to the baggage claim....I had to retrieve a bag checked on Southwest from STL and recheck it to MSP on Northwest. It was relatively painless.
Until the new terminal is fully operational, Chicago Midway is still the armpit of the U.S. I find it miserable to spend even 15 minutes there with the poor facilities and rude employees. Unfortunately, I was stuck there for a long time and Saturday with only a bartender in a bad mood serving me over-priced beer to keep me occupied. If you can avoid MDW (I couldn't this time), do so. Even if it means increasing your fare by $50 and going through ORD....it's worth it in my opinion! I can't wait until the old terminal becomes landfill.