Emanuel announces $248M Midway Airport expansion project

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A newly announced $248 million expansion project at Midway Airport could create 1,700 jobs and increase space by 50 percent.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office provided sketches of the plan that would expand parking, security checkpoints and concession facilities. The project would add more dining and lounge areas as well as spa and medical services.

The renovated security checkpoint would include an 80,000 square-foot security hall as well as an extension of the pedestrian bridge over Cicero Avenue from 60 feet to 300 feet.

Plans for the expanded pedestrian bridge over Cicero Avenue at Midway Airport. Courtesy Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office.

According to the mayor's office, this is the largest investment at Midway in nearly 10 years.

The mayor's office says it expects to advance the proposal to the City Council in 2016 after receiving bids for the project later this year.

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