The Food At Midway Is About To Get A Whole Lot Better
By Stephen Gossett in Food on Jan 26, 2017 10:57PM
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Hungry flyers in and out of Midway will soon have markedly improved food options, as the airport will likely see a much-needed, multi-million-dollar upgrade to its concessions.
Under an ordinance introduced by Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday, the city will enter a 15-year partnership with Midway Partnership, which lays the way for a $75 million expansion of new food options and renovation of existing concessions.
According to the Sun-Times, at least four new bars are being proposed, including outposts from Goose Island, Coopers Hawk and Shaller’s Pump, the venerable Bridgeport watering hole. Casual-dining concepts include a White Sox-themed restaurant, a Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch, a Home Run Inn and a Hubbard Inn. More than a dozen “quick service” options are under consideration, too, with notables including Big & Little’s, Billy Goat Tavern and Arami.
The expansion would double Midway's food workforce and and generate $10 million in sales tax, according to the city's projections.
“This agreement is an investment in Chicago: creating jobs, highlighting local businesses and improving the airport's overall passenger experience,” Mayor Emanuel said in a statement. “It also marks an important step forward in our overall plan to modernize Midway and increase the airports competitive viability for the future.”
The mayor's office did not reveal a timetable for completion.