What can I do Near Midway During a Layover?


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Activities Near Midway Airport

Consider this – you’re flying into Chicago’s Midway Airport, when you find out you have a layover – but it’s definitely not long enough to wander around the city. Luckily, there are some places right in Midway’s backyard where you can grab a great bite to eat and entertain yourself during your flights.

In this article, we’ll talk about some of the activities you can do in the Bedford Park area, including where you can find some great food after a long flight. Read on to learn more about Bedford Park and what it has to offer people who need a break from the airport. 

Chicago’s Midway Airport

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The airport itself is located about 12 miles from the Loop on the southwest border of Chicago. When your layover is too short to take a trip to the city, Bedford Park is the perfect place to go. 

If you’re not much of a traveler and this is the first time you’ve flown into Midway or Chicago in general, you’re in for a real treat. When people visit the area, they often forget how much there is to do just outside of the city. There are undiscovered gems around the airport that will help you while away the time without getting caught up in the bustle of Chicago.  

Bedford Park is just a short distance from the airport and hosts an array of different businesses and restaurants all in one area, including Wintrust Sports Complex. If you don’t have the time,  energy or money to venture into the city, Bedford Park offers a nearby option with a more chill, laid-back vibe. At our complex, there are plenty of amazing options to satiate your boredom and get a break from the airport atmosphere.

Chicago Activities for Layovers

Traveling is a draining process, especially when you factor in a layover. While you might think you have the energy to go into the city and visit all the attractions, it’s likely that you are simply too tired to take on the myriad of challenges in going into the city – not the least of which is budget constraints. Lucky for you, Wintrust Sports Complex and the Village of Bedford Park are just a short trip from the airport. 

There are plenty of places in Bedford Park for you to rest and refuel yourself. Whether you’re looking for delicious food or delectable drinks, you’ll probably need to let off a little steam between flights. Wintrust Sports Complex offers amazing options very close by.  

If you’re a sports fan, you can catch an event or tournament or check out the games being played at the Station Grille bar on our second floor. If you’re more into video games, you can visit our Redemption Arcade or our esports gaming room. We focus on entertainment for the entire family, which means that whether you’re interested in laser tag, playing video games, or grabbing a bite to eat – there’s something here for everyone.

Great Food in Bedford Park

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You probably want a great place to eat and relax while waiting for your next flight. Wintrust Sports Complex is the perfect place to unwind and have some fun before you have to head back to the airport. Station Grille on the second floor of our complex is able to entertain anyone from the traveling athlete to the family just passing through.

At Station Grille, we are proud to serve Goose Island on tap. We also pride ourselves on the quality of our food and service. We want all of our guests at Wintrust Sports Complex to have the best dining experience possible. The menu items listed below give you a taste of what you can expect when you dine with us. 

For the adults, we have a great selection of cocktails, beer, and wine. We serve:

  • Purple Rain Martinis
  • Prickly Pear Margaritas
  • Maple Old Fashions
  • Goose Island 312
  • Goose Island Neon Beer Hug
  • Oyster Bay Wines 

In addition to these amazing options and our larger selection of liquors, beers, and wines we serve, we offer amazing dining options such as:

  • Bavarian Pretzels
  • Wisconsin Breaded Cheese Curds
  • Grilled Chicken over a Southwest or Caesar Salad 
  • Classic Chicago Dog
  • Midway Smash Burger
  • Spicy Fried Chicken Brioche
  • Chipotle BBQ Pulled Pork Brioche

There are many more appetizers and main courses we serve at Station Grille – and we know that you will be glad you came when you taste the incredible offerings we provide. 

Fun for the Whole Family at Wintrust Sports Complex

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Wintrust Sports Complex is a multipurpose sports tourism and family entertainment center. We strive to be a hub for positive fun that the whole family can enjoy together. However, whether you’re traveling alone or with the kids, you can find whatever you might be looking for here. 

Our facility is 116,000 square feet of pure entertainment. We have eight hardwood high school basketball courts (alternatively, they can be 16 NCAA volleyball courts), one championship court, laser tag and laser frenzy, as well as an esports gaming room, our Redemption Arcade, and our very own Station Grille. You can be a part of all of this and more with only a ten-minute ride from Midway.  

When you walk into our facility, you might be overcome with nostalgia, as it’s like walking into your childhood hangout spot. We are incredibly accepting of all who are interested in wholesome fun and sports entertainment. So, what are you waiting for? Drop by to check us out or give us a call. Our friendly staff are more than happy to help answer any questions you might have about our facility. 

Visit Wintrust Sports Complex

Whether you are traveling and have a short layover between flights or you’re a local family looking for a place where everyone can enjoy themselves, Wintrust Sports Complex is the perfect place to enjoy quality, memorable experiences!