Chicago Midway International Airport is Getting Its First Lounge

by Anthony Losanno
Club MDW

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Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) is about to get its first-ever airport lounge. The 3,300-square-foot Club MDW will begin construction in early 2024 with a tentative open in the fall.

Priority Pass memberships are expected to grant access to this lounge with guest passes for sale for $50 each. It will provide complimentary food, beverages, Wi-Fi, and seating for passengers to relax and work before their flights. Club MDW will be located between Concourses A and B.

The design of the lounge will draw inspiration from “Chicago’s rich architectural history…with a wide range of materials, including metallic accents and plush upholstery that provide a warm and comforting guest experience.”  Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) has been around for 95 years and continues to grow with passenger numbers exceeding those prepandemic. Through July, passenger levels were 106% of 2019 levels.

Chicago Mayor, Brandon Johnson, gave a quote to ABC7 that reads:

Chicago’s original hometown airport is a tremendous driver for jobs and economic opportunity across the South and West Sides, and I am thrilled about the new jobs and amenities this club will provide for our residents and the traveling public. Each year, more than 22.7 million people travel through Midway, and we’re excited to be able to offer each of them this new service worthy of our world-class city.”

I have a confession. I live in Chicago and have never been to Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW). It’s never been convenient and I don’t fly the bulk of the carriers that operate there (with the exception of Delta Air Lines). Other carriers flying out of the airport include: Allegiant Air, Avelo Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Porter Airlines, and Volaris. Midway serves as a major hub for Southwest.

Anthony’s Take: I’m not sure I’ll ever use this lounge, but it’s great that the airport is getting an option. Travelers flock to lounges as evidenced by the Delta Sky Clubs® and Centurion Lounges. Those who frequent Midway will soon have a place to relax, grab a bite to eat, and get some work done.

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