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Meigs Field

Artistic rendering of the Northerly Island nature preserve once construction is completed on the project. (Credit: Chicago Park District)

Feds Tout Progress On Northerly Island Transformation

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy had high praise for Mayor Rahm Emanuel as she walked along the hills and wetlands areas being created on the manmade peninsula that was once the Meigs Field airport.

06/17/2014

Planes sit on the tarmac at Meigs Field on March 31, 2003, the morning after then-Mayor Richard M. Daley had excavation crews dig giant Xs in the runway, closing the airport in the middle of the night, to make way for a lakefront park. Sixteen planes were stranded for several days. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Ten Years Later: Daley’s Midnight Raid Shuts Down Meigs Field

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.

WBBM Newsradio–03/29/2013

President Obama speaks to Mayor Richard Daley as they attend the Chicago 2016 presentation on October 2, 2009 at the Bella Centre in Copenhagen, Denmark. The 121st session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) rejected Chicago's bid for the 2016 Olympic Games.  (Credit: John Gichigi/Getty Images)

10 Memorable Moments Of Mayor Daley’s Reign

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.

CBS Chicago–05/13/2011

Northerly Island Park

Daley Calls Airplane-Free Northerly Island ‘Fabulous’

Continuing his farewell tour, Mayor Daley points with pride to an airplane-free Northerly Island–once known as Meigs Field.

CBS Chicago–04/29/2011

Northerly Island Plan

Meigs Supporters Say Northerly Island Plan Looks Familiar

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.

WBBM Newsradio–12/06/2010

Northerly Island Plan

Park District Unveils Northerly Island Revamp At Meeting

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.

12/02/2010

Northerly Island Plan

Upgrades Planned For Northerly Island

Changes are coming again to Chicago’s lakefront, with additions planned for Northerly Island.

CBS Chicago–12/02/2010