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(Chicago Sun-Times)   Pilot makes emergency landing on Lake Shore Drive at Grant Park in Chicago. "Two vehicles struck the aircraft's left wing after he landed but drove off"   (suntimes.com) divider line 21
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2013-09-22 03:06:14 PM  
8 votes:
"There's no way I could have made it back to Schaumburg, O'Hare or Midway"

Good thing Meigs Field is right th... oh.
2013-09-22 03:12:14 PM  
3 votes:

LordOfThePings: "There's no way I could have made it back to Schaumburg, O'Hare or Midway"

Good thing Meigs Field is right th... oh.


Good to see that's been covered. Daley should have gone to jail for that.
2013-09-22 09:26:12 PM  
2 votes:

anotar: lohphat: anotar: At the time (as Any Pie mentions) Daley was planning to put a casino there.

Don't tell jaytkay that because it doesn't agree with his world view and will call you an asshole.

Geez you got that right.   BTW McCormick place is predicted to have convention revenue drop 46% next year


That always happens in the eleventh year after an airport closes.
2013-09-22 05:49:32 PM  
2 votes:
Fark Daley.   He wanted the island for a future casino project, but it fell thru.   And that airport wasn't only for the rich and powerful, anybody could use it, and did. Members of the Tuskeegee Airmen used to do their Eagle Flight introductory flight lessons for kids from there.  It was also a perfect staging area for relief staging if the city ever had a mass-casualty event. Emergency medevac choppers and Coast Guard rescue choppers operated from there. And yes, rich people making deals that made money for the city and state did their fly-ins from Meigs as well. Boeing was pissed when they moved their HQ nearby only to see the airport closed.   Daley hated Meigs for a long time and did everything he legally could to chase off business  and visitors from the place so he could say it didn't make money.  What a putz.
2013-09-22 03:55:14 PM  
2 votes:

LordOfThePings: "There's no way I could have made it back to Schaumburg, O'Hare or Midway"

Good thing Meigs Field is right th... oh.


This.

I've not had any reason to travel to Chicago since the domestic terrorist destroyed that piece of Federal grant property. Not that it matters, but I won't spend my (or my company's) money there anytime soon.
2013-09-22 03:49:39 PM  
2 votes:

lifeboat: So Meigs was a little regional/commuter airport right on Chicago's lakefront, and right downtown.  King Daley wanted that land for a park.  So one night, under cover of darkness, and while planes were still parked there, he had the runway bulldozed.


Yeah, he was a giant ass, but so were the people keeping Meigs open.  The land was owned by the city of Chicago free and clear, and Daley announced the airport would be closed in 1994.  People wanted to keep it open and promised huge federal funds, which Daley would have been OK with.  It didn't happen.  His patience ran out and he went full dickbag.   If he had given notice the Meigs lovers would have dragged out the closing for another decade in the courts.  The people most angry about the closing are the lawyers who were hoping to get rich battling it out.
2013-09-22 03:48:07 PM  
2 votes:
Came here for Meigs field reference, leaving satisfied.
Seriously, they only goet 33k$ in fines for the bulldozing... wtf
Small airports at such a premium location are now wanted by carriers with smaller planes, get out of the plane and you're downtown. 
(e.g. Billy Bishop Airport in Toronto)
2013-09-22 03:34:07 PM  
2 votes:

Sum Dum Gai: From my trips, Lakeshore Dr. is a pretty decent area...Now, a mile west of there, that's a different story altogether.


A mile west of Lake Shore Dr looks like this.

upload.wikimedia.org


Two miles west looks like this:

lh3.googleusercontent.com

/ Next time you're in town you should venture out into our neighborhoods, I bet you will like it!
2013-09-22 06:48:04 PM  
1 votes:

anotar: The incredibly stupid thing is that Meigs was used all the time by corporates, and was a big benefit to keeping large corporate headquarters downtown...
Anyway, in a couple of decades when Chicago resembles modern day Detroit


Meigs was a blip. Airport had little effect on the city and region. It was tiny. There were no corporate hangars there.

Today Chicago's GDP would put it roughly 25th on Earth if we were a nation. We get 30 or 40 million visitors annually.

I've heard your gripe for decades. My suburban friends have been telling me I live in a dying city for 30 years. Sorry, the real world does not bend to your prejudice.

We get it, You hate "urban" people or you hate Obama and your emotion extends to Chicago.

Enjoy. Just don't expect reality to meet your prejudice and fantasy.
2013-09-22 06:01:07 PM  
1 votes:

buzzcut73: LordOfThePings: "There's no way I could have made it back to Schaumburg, O'Hare or Midway"

Good thing Meigs Field is right th... oh.

Good to see that's been covered. Daley should have gone to jail for that.


No, he and his family should have been shot in their sleep, then afterwards everyone could just say "Oh well, can't undo what's already been done, hee hee."
2013-09-22 05:46:12 PM  
1 votes:

jaytkay: snocone: Destroying public property because the users won't pay your protection rates is usually called something else.

You sound real well informed. Please tell us in detail what you are talking about.


No, no, I like your storey.
Needs more graphs.
2013-09-22 04:26:12 PM  
1 votes:

jaytkay: Mokmo: Small airports at such a premium location are now wanted by carriers with smaller planes, get out of the plane and you're downtown.

I am still surprised they closed Meigs. The only people who used it were political bigwigs and the wealthy.


Apparently of the incorrect partisanship.
2013-09-22 04:22:06 PM  
1 votes:
2013-09-22 03:59:40 PM  
1 votes:

Bacontastesgood: lifeboat: So Meigs was a little regional/commuter airport right on Chicago's lakefront, and right downtown.  King Daley wanted that land for a park.  So one night, under cover of darkness, and while planes were still parked there, he had the runway bulldozed.

Yeah, he was a giant ass, but so were the people keeping Meigs open.  The land was owned by the city of Chicago free and clear, and Daley announced the airport would be closed in 1994.  People wanted to keep it open and promised huge federal funds, which Daley would have been OK with.  It didn't happen.  His patience ran out and he went full dickbag.   If he had given notice the Meigs lovers would have dragged out the closing for another decade in the courts.  The people most angry about the closing are the lawyers who were hoping to get rich battling it out.



Daley's Gone
2013-09-22 03:56:02 PM  
1 votes:

jaytkay: Mokmo: Small airports at such a premium location are now wanted by carriers with smaller planes, get out of the plane and you're downtown.

I am still surprised they closed Meigs. The only people who used it were political bigwigs and the wealthy.


Graft.

It was prime lakeside property for his development cronies.
2013-09-22 03:53:40 PM  
1 votes:

Mokmo: Small airports at such a premium location are now wanted by carriers with smaller planes, get out of the plane and you're downtown.


I am still surprised they closed Meigs. The only people who used it were political bigwigs and the wealthy.
2013-09-22 03:38:28 PM  
1 votes:

tetsoushima: ocd002: When flight sim came out it was funny to fly the plane into the Sears tower. It stopped being funny after 9/11.

Of course, had Mayor Daley not ripped up Meigs Field under cover of darkness, he would have had a legitimate place to land.

I'm neither a pilot, nor from Chicago, so what's that all about?


So Meigs was a little regional/commuter airport right on Chicago's lakefront, and right downtown.  King Daley wanted that land for a park.  So one night, under cover of darkness, and while planes were still parked there, he had the runway bulldozed.

Meigs Field Demo
2013-09-22 03:32:24 PM  
1 votes:

ocd002: When flight sim came out it was funny to fly the plane into the Sears tower. It stopped being funny after 9/11.

Of course, had Mayor Daley not ripped up Meigs Field under cover of darkness, he would have had a legitimate place to land.


I'm neither a pilot, nor from Chicago, so what's that all about?
2013-09-22 03:27:43 PM  
1 votes:
When flight sim came out it was funny to fly the plane into the Sears tower. It stopped being funny after 9/11.

Of course, had Mayor Daley not ripped up Meigs Field under cover of darkness, he would have had a legitimate place to land.
2013-09-22 03:24:59 PM  
1 votes:

skinink: The plane was lucky it wasn't shot at.


From my trips, Lakeshore Dr. is a pretty decent area.  Mostly hotels, museums, and Soldier Field in that area, so unless he had a Green Bay Packers bumper sticker on the plane he'd probably be OK.

Now, a mile west of there, that's a different story altogether.
2013-09-22 03:06:11 PM  
1 votes:
I just learned to do this in GTAV last night.

/too bad that mission ended up being a giant cocktease...
 
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