Chicago–Midway (MDW)

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Aerial photo of Chicago–Midway (MDW), showing how the entire airfield fits into a one mile by one mile square city block.

Chicago Midway International Airport

Chicago, Illinois, United States

Airport #48 of 100 · First visited 6 December 2013

While I have no particularly strong opinions about the Chicago Midway terminal, I love the concept of Midway’s airfield. Chicago’s major streets near MDW generally form a one mile grid, and so MDW was squeezed into just about a single square mile (very slightly larger, since Cicero Avenue jogs just a bit to the east to make a little more room for the terminal).

Aerial photo of Chicago–Midway (MDW), showing how the entire airfield fits into a one mile by one mile square city block.

MDW in a one mile square.

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It’s a very recognizable airport from the air, and I can often see it out the window when I’m flying into O’Hare from the southeast.

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