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Chicago's Newest Heliport

Posted: Jun. 4th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse

Good news for those who wish to fly into downtown Chicago in style. A heliport is being opened which should allow up to 60 helicopters to operate at once, including VTOL aircraft. It is slated to open early next year, housing a 15,000-square-foot terminal and a 30,000-square-foot hangar, which should invigorate downtown air traffic since the closing of Meigs Field 10 years ago.

Ten years after the destruction of Meigs Field in downtown Chicago, a new heliport is about to open. The facility is being billed as a “vertiport” since it is designed to accommodate VTOL aircraft such as the Agusta AW609 tiltrotor.

Plans are for the facility to open early next year on a 10-acre piece of land near 14th Street and Ashland Avenue owned by the Illinois Medical District Commission. The facility will include a 15,000-square-foot terminal and a 30,000-square-foot hangar, with the ability to accommodate 60 helicopters simultaneously.

According to an article in Crain’s Chicago Business, the funding for the $13 million project was arranged by real estate investor Stephen Quazzo.

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