Chicago Construction News staff writer
A ribbon cutting was held to official open the Orange Line restaurant at Midway International Airport, a milestone in the $75-million project to renovate and expand concessions.
“The success of the Midway Modernization Program is proof that we can achieve anything when we have a clear vision, solid partnerships with local agencies and organizations, and the ingenuity and creativity of a diverse team of contractors and employees,” said Mayor Lori Lightfoot. “These investments, in and around the airport, significantly enhance the passenger experience and have created more than 1,000 new jobs for Chicago residents.”
The $400-million Midway modernization program (MMP) is the largest capital improvement project at Midway in more than 20 years.
“It is our privilege to show the world what Chicago has to offer in terms of local retail and restaurants, and The Orange Line is no exception,” said CDA Commissioner Jamie L. Rhee
“Midway’s new shops and restaurants could stand alone as a destination for shopping and dining, and we hope they will enhance the travel experience for the millions of travelers who pass through the airport each year.”
Phase one of Midway’s concessions redevelopment program, which overhauled the entire concessions area to make room for new and improved options, is now complete. The second phase will add 26,000 sq. ft. of concessions.
“We’ve been very intentional in our concessions redevelopment to ensure it elevates the passenger experience and creates a sense of place that is truly Chicago,” said Sammy Patel, CEO of Midway Partnership. “Through this local joint venture between SSP America and several local Chicago businesses, the Orange Line is a great example of the many ways the partnership with the City of Chicago is maximizing the opportunities for true local participation.”
Midway’s concessionaires achieve an Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) participation rate of 55%, one of the highest in the United States.
“Orange Line is the latest concept to join the SSP America portfolio and offers passengers a contemporary vibe and celebrates Chi-town menu favorites,” said Bob Stanton, vice-president of business development for SSP America. “Our team is proud to be a member of the airport community and continue our efforts to create career and business opportunities.”