by Midway Historians
Traveling To And From Chicago By Air - 90 Years Of Flight by Neal Samors and Christopher
"Now Arriving" debuts many rare,
unseen photos. One chapter of the book also includes lost negatives from Midway's
resident photographer, Mike Rotunno, recently discovered after 80 years in the
attic of his former home in Berwyn, IL.
"Now Arriving" also includes a collection of
rare autographed photos of famous people traveling through Midway Airport - from Amelia
Earhart to J. Edgar Hoover and from Will Rogers and Cary Grant to the Three
Stooges. These signatures were collected by Johnny Latozza, who sold newspapers at the
airport in the 1930s, and whose charm and persistence always got the stars to sign his
book. Fellow Midway Historians Shirley and Gene Deutsch shared these amazing pieces of
Midway's history for this book.
Also, "Now Arriving" includes stunning
photographs provided to the authors by United Airlines which document the construction of
O'Hare, the early years of the airport, as well as the opening of the modern
This book documents how Chicago developed
into the crossroads and transportation hub of America and the world. Order
our copy from Amazon Prime or purchase it
from your favorite bookseller.
Also available from:
Midway Jewelers, 5635 W. 63rd Street, Chicago, IL 60638 (Just West
of Midway Airport.) Telephone: (773) 767-1633. Ask for Dianne.
Aviation Universe in Bensenville (see ad below).
Terminal Town: An
Illustrated Guide to Chicago's Airports, Bus Depots, Train Stations, and Steamship Landings, 1939 -
Whether it's by road, rail, water, or sky, people come to Chicago. In
droves. In waves of migration and immigration. For work and for play. But how do they
get to Chicago? Terminal
Town answers this question with a fast-moving
history of Chicago’s many passenger transportation terminals. These have, for generations,
served as defining features of the city’s cosmopolitan character. Showcasing great icons of
transportation, including Chicago’s Union Station, Dearborn Station, and Midway and O’Hare airports, as well as lesser-known and long-gone terminals
throughout the metropolitan region, such as the downtown Greyhound and Trailways depots,
Englewood Union Station, Meigs Field, and Winnetka Heliport, this book illustrates why the
Windy City so richly deserves its reputation as America’s premier travel
Featuring 48 stations and terminals through short
narratives, 215 color photographs, and 20 custom maps, Terminal Town provides a
fascinating portrait of the city’s famously complex and constantly changing transportation
system. The final chapter looks ahead to seven possible “Terminals of the Future”,
including the proposed airport at Peotone, high-speed rail terminal at O’Hare, and major
modifications to Chicago Union Station, that could one day reshape travel in the
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Beyond Burnham: An Illustrated History
Planning for the Chicago
by Joseph J. Schwieterman and
Alan P. Mammoser
Joe's first book,
Beyond Burnham, provides a fascinating account of a century of visionary planning for
metropolitan Chicago. From Daniel Burnham and Edward Bennett's famed 1909 "Plan of Chicago" to
the push for superhighways and airports to battles over urban sprawl, the book showcases an
illustrated portrait of the big personalities and the 'big plans' they espoused. The human
face of planning appears in the interplay between public officials and citizen advocates.
Powerful institutions - the Chicago Plan Commission and Regional Transportation Authority,
among others - emerge to promote metropolitan goals. Some efforts succeed while others fail,
but the work of planners lives on in efforts to shape new visions for the region's
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W. W. "Will" Martin's incredible new book, So I Bought an Air Force, is
a must-read for every
Midway enthusiast and lover of warbirds. Answering an ad in Trade-A-Plane, Will
literally purchased the piston fleet of Nicaraguan
strongman General Anastasio Somoza, in late-1965!
But that's only the beginning. Will takes you on a journey from his youth to high advenure and harrowing
exploits in Central America
— that sounds for all the world like a 1940s aviation adventure straight out of Hollywood.
But every word is true, and you can't put this book down!
Indeed, Warbirds of America's own Rick Siegfried says that
Will's book is, "A true adventure most can only dream of."
To get your copy, log onto http://soiboughtanairforce.com
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or from your favorite aviation book
Kent's Images of Aviation: Midway Airport
In 1903, Chicago fell in love with flying. Enterprising people opened airfields, designed and built
aircraft and won big money at air meets.
After World War I, aviation was a serious matter with explosive commercial potential. A
transcontinental airmail service was established; then came the first airlines. Aspiring to be
first in aviation, the City of Chicago considered which of its
existing airfields to develop into its new, modern municipal airport. It chose none of them and
instead decided on a square mile of property 10 miles southwest of the city as the location for
what would soon become the “World’s Busiest Airport.”
Midway Airport captures the ethos and thrill of the
Midway experience during a time when people dressed up for air travel or to just visit the airport,
dine at the Cloud Room, and gaze from Midway’s observation platforms at the incredible aerial
ballet before them. It was a magical time, when flying off into the clouds in beautiful silver
airliners meant traveling in style and following aviation’s romantic call.
For a personally autographed copy to be mailed immediately to
you, log onto: www.midwayairportbook.com and place
an order via PayPal, credit card of check.
Also available at Midway
Jewelers, 5635 W. 63rd Street, Chicago, IL 60638 (Just West of Midway Airport.) Telephone:
(773) 767-1633. Ask for Dianne.
Also available from Arcadia Publishing/The History
Press at: http://www.arcadiapublishing.com/9780738598505/Midway-Airport
You can also find it on Amazon.com or order it
from your favorite bookstore.
Robert M. "Moose"
Hill's A Little Known Story of the Land
Called Clearing, Second
This is a 2013 republication of the fascinating and thorough 1983
look into the Clearing area, which included the magnificent airport that grew up in her midst, and
became known as Midway. Carefully and painstakingly updated and containing dozens of
historical photos along with literally hundreds of stories, this is a veritable history textbook
written by one of Clearing's own sons, Bob "Moose" Hill. And you should own your own
Available from the Clear-Ridge Historical Society.
For details, contact Mr. Rob Bitunjac, Clearing Library,
Also available at Midway
Jewelers, 5635 W. 63rd Street, Chicago, IL 60638 (Just West of Midway Airport.)
Telephone: (773) 767-1633. Ask for Dianne.
Also available from Amazon.com or your favorite
Michael Branigan's A
History of Chicago's O'Hare International Airport
In 1942, a stretch of Illinois
prairie that had served as a battleground and a railroad depot became the site of a major
manufacturing plant, producing Douglas C-54 Skymasters for World War II. Less than twenty years
later, that plot of land boasted the biggest and busiest airport in the world. Many of the millions
who have since passed through it have likely only regarded it as a place between cities. People
like Michael Branigan, who spent years on its tarmac, know that O'Hare is a veritale city
unto itself, with a fascinating history of gangsters and heroes, mayors, presidents and
pilots. The late, great Michael "Mike O'Hare" Branigan has captured the essence of O'Hare's
unique, colorful and multifaceted history in his five-star book.
For more details or to purchase a copy, log on
David M. Young's
Chicago Aviation: An Illustrated
Check availability of this book and the other
three volumes in its
4-volume series on Amazon.com or order from your favorite