Chicago Midway Airport Security Wait Times

How long will it take to get through the MDW security lines?  What are the current Midway security wait times? Find out below!

Chicago Midway (Chicago, IL)

Passengers moving through the security checkpoints should anticipate waiting on average for:
6 minutes and 6 seconds

TSA Precheck Lanes: Available

Terminal MAIN

  • Main (4:00 am - 8:30 pm)Closed

Estimated Wait Times For Today

12 am - 1 am
6 m

1 am - 2 am
11 m

2 am - 3 am
16 m

3 am - 4 am
20 m

4 am - 5 am
25 m

5 am - 6 am
15 m

6 am - 7 am
14 m

7 am - 8 am
17 m

8 am - 9 am
24 m

9 am - 10 am
23 m

10 am - 11 am
20 m

11 am - 12 pm
17 m

12 pm - 1 pm
10 m

1 pm - 2 pm
17 m

2 pm - 3 pm
13 m

3 pm - 4 pm
10 m

4 pm - 5 pm
12 m

5 pm - 6 pm
30 m

6 pm - 7 pm
0 m

7 pm - 8 pm
3 m

8 pm - 9 pm
14 m

9 pm - 10 pm
25 m

10 pm - 11 pm
9 m

* Wait times are estimates, subject to change, and may not be indicative of your experience.

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.