On National Popcorn Day, Garrett Popcorn Shops Opens First Location at Midway International Airport
CDA Media Relations CDAMEDIA@CITYOFCHICAGO.ORG
The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) and one of Chicago’s hometown favorites, Garrett Popcorn Shops, cut the ribbon today at the first Garrett Popcorn Shop at Midway International Airport.
“The opening of Midway’s first Garrett Popcorn Shop is the latest step in the Midway Modernization Program’s concessions redevelopment,” CDA Commissioner Jamie L. Rhee said. “The program has already revamped Midway’s security pavilion and parking garage, and the CDA is excited to move the program forward with several new concessions that are slated to open in the terminal over the next year.”
The new shop, located in the Central Market, is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily and serves Garrett Popcorn fan-favorites like Garrett Mix, CheeseCorn, CaramelCrisp and a variety of Nut CaramelCrisp recipes, in addition to classics like Buttery and Plain — all available in special tins featuring the Chicago skyline and local sports teams like the Cubs, White Sox, Blackhawks and Bears. The storefront features an iconic giant Garrett Popcorn tin in front of a mural of the Chicago skyline, perfect for selfie opportunities.
The location employs 15 people and is the latest addition to Midway’s concessions offerings, which also saw the openings of two brands from Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Big Bowl and Tallboy Taco, in 2022.
The Midway Garrett Popcorn Shop is operated in partnership with North American Concessions, a locally owned Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE). The opening is the latest step in the $75 million concessions investment by Midway Partnership, a concessions redevelopment model managed by a joint venture with Vantage Airport Group, SSP America, and Hudson. More than 800 Chicago residents work in Midway’s food, beverage, and retail concessions, and many more opportunities are available for Chicago-area jobseekers at FlyChicago.com.
"Midway Partnership is really excited to be introducing Garrett Popcorn at Chicago Midway for the very first time,” said Sammy Patel, Chief Executive Officer, Midway Partnership. “I congratulate our concession partners at North American Concessions on this significant milestone. Kicking off the new year with this opening continues our collective commitment to delivering the airport’s dining and retail transformation by elevating the passenger experience and continuing to grow local ownership and employment opportunities. "