For the past five years, Meigs Field (CGX), the closest airport to downtown Chicago, has been on the brink of extinction. The city's mayor, Richard M. Daley, has long sought to convert the 53-year-old lakefront landing facility into a bird sanctuary. It appeared as if he would get his way when the city closed the municipal airport in October 1996. Only legal action by airport advocates saved the airport's single, 3,900-foot-long runway from being demolished. Meanwhile, aviation industry ...


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