Midway Sports is a family-owned sporting goods company founded in 1998 with a small shop in Chicago, Illinois. Over the past 25+ years, we’ve grown to three retail locations across the Chicagoland area, expanded our online store to reach customers across the country, and established ourselves as a leading local destination for quality sports equipment, team uniforms, and knowledgeable customer service.

Our History & Values

Midway Sports was founded by Tom Walsh, a lifelong Chicago resident and sports enthusiast. In the 1990s while working at a large sporting goods chain, Tom recognized a lack of personalized service and attention to quality that left many team coaches, players, and fans underserved. He dreamed of opening his own local business that could fill this gap.

In 1998, using his life savings and a small business loan, Tom leased a compact retail space near Midway Airport and opened Midway Sports’ first shop. While larger competitors focused on rapid expansion, Tom concentrated on getting to know local schools and youth sports leagues, listening to exactly what they needed for practices and games. Word spread quickly about Midway Sports’ customer-first approach, robust product knowledge, and competitive team pricing.

Over the past 25 years we’ve expanded in size while staying true to our original vision. Family is at the heart of our company, with Tom’s children, nieces, and nephews all involved in running daily operations. We strive to emulate family values in how we serve each customer and community partner. Our retail employees are passionate sports fans who love solving problems through friendly advice and education. Behind the scenes, we’re dedicated sports moms and dads ourselves, heavily involved with local athletic associations. This gives us inside knowledge of what local teams truly need to succeed.

While proud of our growth, we remain committed as ever to serving Chicago-area players and fans with the outstanding service Tom envisioned back in 1998. Going above-and-beyond is in our DNA. Our customers are our extended family.

Products: Quality Sports Gear to Fulfill Every Need

Today Midway Sports carries a wide selection of quality sporting goods to meet the needs of athletes and fans alike at our three Chicagoland store locations. From tennis rackets to baseball gloves, soccer goals to golf clubs, football helmets to basketball jerseys, we aim to be your one-stop shop.

Team Sports: As home of the “Midway Advantage Team Program”, we specialize in supplying uniforms, equipment, and custom gear to school athletic programs and youth sports leagues across several team sports:

The Midway Advantage means unmatched quality, value, and service for all your team’s needs. Let our team outfit your team!

Individual Sports: We offer high-performance equipment, gear, and apparel for popular individual sports:

Our knowledgeable staff can provide personalized recommendations on products and gear to match your skill level, goals, and preferences. We carry trusted brands known for quality construction and innovative technology across every price point.

Fan Gear: As hometown sports enthusiasts ourselves, we boast the area’s best selection of professional, collegiate, and local school fan apparel and gifts. Shop licensed items for:

Special Order Team Uniforms & Custom Gear

What truly sets Midway Sports apart is our dedication to outfitting local teams with high-quality, custom gear at affordable prices. The Midway Advantage Team Program offers a streamlined process to design customized uniforms, warmups, fan wear and more.

Packages include:

Over the past 10+ years we’ve exclusively partnered with Midwest production facilities and American manufacturers. This gives us complete quality control and faster order fulfillment. Samples are produced right in our retail shop for teams to see and test uniform prototypes. We use only durable fabrics with moisture-wicking performance technology designed for play in Midwest seasons.

From Chicago to Peoria, Midway Sports outfits 500+ school and youth league teams annually. We handle every sport, every size player, and any design dreams you have! Our mission is equipping teams to stand out on & off the field.

Stores: Three Convenient Chicagoland Locations

Thanks to strong hometown support, Midway Sports has grown to three store locations across the Chicago area:

Midway Sports – Chicago

Midway Sports – Evanston

Midway Sports – Aurora

Weinvite you to shop any of our store locations seven days a week! Our retail hours are Monday-Friday 10am-8pm, Saturdays 10am-6pm, and Sundays 11am-5pm. Personal shopping appointments, team fundraising events, sports clinics & more available.

Can’t make it to one of stores? Shop our online store 24/7 at www.sportsmidway.com with free in-store pick up. Give us a call anytime for gear advice or order questions. We look forward to serving you!

Our People: Chicago’s Sports Families

Midway Sports has grown from a small family business to a trusted household name across Chicagoland. Through it all, we stay grounded by surrounding ourselves with good people who share our passion. Many employees joined as part-timers in high school or college and now lead departments or manage store locations. Our staff reflects the diversity of Chicago itself – lifelong residents who bleed Cubbie blue, South Side natives who live for da Bears, and proud members of immigrant communities keeping their heritage alive through sport.

We consider local athletes, parents and fans to be part of our extended family. Youth sports shape future leaders through lessons in teamwork, resilience and sportsmanship. We take pride in doing our small part to help Chicago’s kids confidently pursue their athletic dreams. That means going extra miles to get emergency uniform alterations done, staying late so coaches can grab forgotten gear, even driving across town to deliver missing team jerseys. No task is too small or inconvenient.

Midway Sports also believes in giving back as sports has given us so much. We actively support school athletic departments, youth leagues and community initiatives across Chicagoland. This includes sponsoring events, offering fundraising support, donating goods and equipment, supplying volunteers – anything to help our neighbors. During the pandemic, we worked overtime producing PPE and donating gear to frontline workers.

As a local small business, our customers and community will always come first. From street level coaches to the Chicago Bears sidelines, we equip all players to pursue their championship dreams!

Looking Forward: Goals for the Future

Moving ahead, Midway Sports aims to continue thriving and expanding while staying loyal to our Chicago roots. We plan to:

We sincerely thank you for the continued opportunity to serve Northwest Indiana athletes, parents and sports fans for 25+ years and counting. Here’s to many more seasons ahead helping every player and community reach their championship potential!