Ten years ago Saturday, then-Mayor Richard M. Daley had backhoes dig giant X’s into the lone runway at Meigs Field in the middle of the night, setting the stage to turn the peninsula into a lakefront park.
Mayor Richard M. Daley has been leading the City of Chicago for 22 years, and a generation of Chicagoans has known no other mayor. Here is a quick look back at some of the highlights of his years in office.
Continuing his farewell tour, Mayor Daley points with pride to an airplane-free Northerly Island–once known as Meigs Field.
Supporters of the old Meigs Field–and they still exist–say the Chicago Park District’s framework plan for Northerly Island steals liberally from their vision of a reopened airport.
Officials now envision a wetland haven for migratory birds, with a huge lagoon where people can swim and kayak and canoe. The lagoon would be made safe by a chain of reefs just off shore.
Changes are coming again to Chicago’s lakefront, with additions planned for Northerly Island.