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This Midway Airport Satellite View Shows How Close You Can Live To A Runway

By Ed Komenda | August 19, 2016 9:49am




MIDWAY — Exactly how close can you live to an airport runway?

Really, REALLY close.  

In this interactive photo, taken from a satellite almost 400 miles in the air, you'll see just how close the Garfield Ridge neighborhood sits around Midway International Airport.

Pockets of houses to the west and north are sandwiched between railroad tracks leading to a sprawling train yard a half mile south and the airport’s walls, each stretching a mile in all directions.

Seeing how close Garfield Ridge folks live to the onslaught of trains and plains suggest a high tolerance for noise.

Some seek out the sounds. Drive down Central Avenue 55th Street, west and north of the airport — and you’ll see visitors from all over the city pulling binoculars to their eyes in their cars for a glimpse of giant planes leaving Chicago or returning home.


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