Only three baggage carousels were operating at Midway on the night of December 28th. The damn things were spinning baggage from over 25 delayed flights. Checked luggage was piled everywhere - bags rolled off the overstacked carousels and onto the floor.
What a mess.
It took 90 minutes for my flight's baggage to appear, and a sudden stir in the crowd of kids wearing university sweatshirts and hats was the only indication of the correct carousel.