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The Chicago Midway Airport is the second busiest passenger airport in Illinois.It’s right after Chicago O’hare International airport regarding the most flights per year in Illinois.

The airport is named after the battle of the midway from World War II and was opened in 1927.

It’s located 10 miles from downtown Chicago and has three concourses.

In 2004 it received the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Public Innovator Award for Physical Design.

The airport has five runways, 43 airline gates and 3 concourses. It also has a six story parking garage. Delta, Continental and Southwest are the main carriers.

Southwest is the dominant carrier at Midway and it has 31 of the airports 43 gates. The airport offers 216 daily departures to 52 destinations.

Other carriers are Airline Air Tran, Branson Air Express, Frontier Airlines,Porter Airlines, and Northwest Airlines.

Midway International Airport Terminal Building, Chicago(© iStockphoto.com/stevegeer).

It remains one of the fastest growing airports in the nation, and went through an eight year Terminal Development program.

The Airport Terminal building also depicts works of art which was made possible by the Chicago Public Arts Program.

The art is fascinating and includes a suspended sculpture of a bird in flight that’s made of 2,500 small cast metal sculptures of different aircrafts. This project was designed by Ralph Helmick and is located at the Ticketing lobby.

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737  (© iStockphoto.com/cholakov).

There’s also a large mural of glass panels by Karl Wirsum which celebrates a child’s fascination with flight on the south end of the Ticketing Level.

Near baggage claims, on the Lower Level photographs by Dawoud Bey, Kathleen Eaton and Bob Thall honors and shows off Chicago’s ethnic diversity by depicting families from various Chicago communities.

So there are a lot of interesting depictions to see here.

The CTA provides cost saving transportation between O’Hare International and Midway Airport but it can take up to 2 hours.

The CTA Orange line serves Midway and can get you to the airport in just 20-30 minutes.

A free, 24-hour shuttle bus is available from all economy parking lots to the terminal curbfront.

Midway Parking Information: Call 773-838-0756

Customer Service: Phone: (773) 838 0600

Airport Emergency Contacts: Midway 773-838-9111

Chicago Midway Airport 5600 S Cicero Ave Chicago, IL 60638

References: www.ohare.com. 2012.

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