Then and Now, 63rd-Cicero

1946--63rd Street @ Cicero, view west

1946–63rd Street @ Cicero Avenue, view west

2013--the same location

2013–the same location

Municipal Airport opened at 63rd and Cicero in 1927. The name was changed to Midway in 1949, to commemorate one of World War II’s decisive battles. Though there was once talk about converting the property into an industrial park, the airport continues to operate.

The streetcar line on 63rd Street actually arrived before the airport, in 1902. Buses replaced streetcars in 1953.

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4 Responses to “Then and Now, 63rd-Cicero”


  1. 1 SWSIDEFAN September 5, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    In the 1970s while in grammar school, friends who lived closer to Midway than I did would be able to get into the terminal and skateboard and ride their bikes down the concourses when it was all but boarded up. For a while there were only private and cargo flights after O’Hare all but put it out of business as you refer to, John. Once deregulation kicked in and the smaller regional airlines like the old Midway Airlines could compete, Midway had a rebirth. It’s a very nice airport now, but I do miss the days when one could park in the lot right outside the terminal and walk right in to one’s flight. Progress!

    • 2 J.R. Schmidt September 5, 2013 at 10:20 pm

      According to a 1966 Tribune article I ran across, one of the problems at O’Hare was motorists driving their cars onto runways by mistake. Yes, airport security was definitely a lot looser then.
      –JRS

    • 3 Alzo September 6, 2013 at 12:53 pm

      There was a restaurant- Shipwreck Kelly’s- that was the only (barely) sign of life in the terminal. You couldn’t even get a cab at Midway.

  2. 4 SWSIDEFAN September 6, 2013 at 10:36 am

    In Ashburn, it wasn’t unusual to hear our more sheltered older neighbors refer to anything north of 63rd Street as “up north”!


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