It is suggested that you arrive at MDW 3 hours before an international flight and 2 hours before a domestic flight. If you have a morning flight you are strongly advised to check on the Chicago traffic before deciding how early to head out, especially in the winter. On-airport parking at Midway can be a hassle too. We recommend using Park 'N Fly parking at Midway. The airport was well known for having a high flight delay and cancellation rate. It is therefore also strongly advisable that you check your flight status before leaving.
You can speed up your security wait times at Midway Airport with TSA PreCheck membership. Above you can view the current open lanes. CLEAR is also available at Chicago Midway. To find out more about joining or renewing TSA PreCheck membership visit and the associated benefits visit https://www.tsa.gov/precheck.
We don't have sufficient feedback to accurately advise about MDW security wait times for those arriving from overseas. If you would like to contribute your experience, please visit this page. For those international arrivals who have already connected at another airport in the US the wait times at Chicago Midway Airport will be significantly less than for those people arriving from another country.
For further information on Chicago Midway wait times, TSA security, CLEAR, lost and found, your flight status and more visit https://www.flychicago.com/midway/home/pages/default.aspx.
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