Midway station (CTA)

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Midway 20 airtransportation.svg
Orange Line Trains at Midway.jpg
Location 4612 West 59th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60629
Coordinates 41°47′12″N 87°44′16″W / 41.78661°N 87.737875°W / 41.78661; -87.737875
Owned by Chicago Transit Authority
Platforms 1 island platform,
1 side platform
Tracks 4

CTA Buses
Pace Buses

River Valley Metro
Structure type At-grade
Parking Aiga parking inv.svg 299 Spaces
Bicycle facilities Yes
Disabled access Yes
Opened October 31, 1993
Passengers (2015) 2,845,857[1]Increase 1.5%
Rank 16 out of 143[a]
Preceding station   Chicago "L"   Following station
Terminus Orange Line
toward The Loop
Route map
Orange Line
north to Loop
to Midway yard
Walkway to
Midway Airport

Midway is a station of the Chicago Transit Authority's 'L' system, serving the Orange Line. It is the southwestern terminus of the Orange Line and serves Midway International Airport in Chicago, the city's second-largest airport. The turnstiles at the station's entrance are somewhat wider than most to accommodate airport passengers and their luggage. The station, along with the rest of the Orange Line, opened on October 31, 1993, after a long wait by Chicago's southwest side for 'L' access. It is also the closest station to Toyota Park, home of the Chicago Fire Major League Soccer Team, approximately 4 miles away. Although in the Garfield Ridge community area, the station serves many residents in the West Elsdon and West Lawn neighborhoods.


20150321 05 CTA buses @ Midway Orange Line.jpg

Prior to 1993, the southwest side was served only by the Douglas Park Branch of the West-Northwest Line. As the city expanded, this service became insufficient. During the 1940s, when subways were being constructed under State and Dearborn Streets, the city planned to expand the “L” to Midway Airport. However, this plan was not approved.

On January 22, 1990, there was a groundbreaking ceremony held at the future site of Midway Station. Many people attended, including Mayor Daley, Bernard Ford, the CTA Acting Executive Director, and David Williams, the Chicago public works commissioner. In 1993, the CTA finished building the new Orange Line. It cost about $500 million despite the use of abandoned railroad right-of-ways. Midway Station includes a three-track terminal, a yard, a car maintenance facility, an island platform, elevators leading to the sidewalk, and escalators and stairs connecting to the moving walkway heading to the airport.

When the garage was built on the east side of Cicero, it bisected the walkway from the station to the airport. In 2002, the Department of Aviation built a walkway through the garage.

Bus connections[edit]


  • 47 47th
  • 54B South Cicero
  • 55 Garfield
  • 55A 55th/Austin
  • 55N 55th/Narragansett
  • 59 59th/61st
  • 62H Archer/Harlem
  • N62 Archer (Owl Service)
  • 63 63rd (Owl Service)
  • 63W West 63rd
  • 165 West 65th


  • 379 Midway/Orland Square
  • 382 Central/Clearing
  • 383 South Cicero
  • 384 Narragansett/Ridgeland
  • 385 87th/111th/127th (weekdays only)
  • 386 South Harlem
  • 387 Toyota Park Express
  • 390 Midway CTA Station/UPS Hodgkins (Weekday UPS shifts only)

River Valley Metro

  • Midway Commuter Shuttle

Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ Due to possible double-counting of physically-connected stations, the CTA's official 2015 tally of stations was 146, but for ridership purposes reported having only 143 stations.


  1. ^ "Monthly Ridership Report – December 2015" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority Ridership Analysis and Reporting. January 11, 2016. Retrieved March 9, 2016. 

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