Meigs was a PERFECT use of the land it was on. There are hundreds of business, many major international multi-million dollar industries, either based in Chicago or having a major presence in the city. The location of Meigs made it very convenient for business jets, which was it's main use. Daley closed the airport because one of the landing paths flew next to his lakefront condo, and his wife complained about the noise (no, I'm not making this up). So, simply put, Mrs. Daley's arrogance led Mr. Daley to use federal funds meant to improve ORD
(and therefore the air traffic flow of the world) to destroy a Chicago landmark loved by many. As Pilotaydin said, Microsoft chose Meigs as the default airport in flight simulator, leading it to become the most widely recognized "small" airport in the world.
While I know this is a touchy subject, as someone who probably knows enough about aviation to make sense out of this situation, the third airport idea just won't work. It is a two hour drive from the northwest suburbs to Peotone, on a Saturday. This lack of a major market (with MDW
drawing many pax away from EON) would probably lead most airlines to show little interest in serving it. Airlines currently have trouble serving both ORD
, so the probability of them moving ops down to EON is unlikely, if even existent. Furthermore, ORD
is the best option for the majority of the population of Chicago and its suburbs. It is also the cause of many nationwide and worldwide flow problems. If ORD
stops working, the entire air traffic system falls to chaos. ORD
needs to be expanded sooner or later, IT IS