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United Airlines advertisement, October 1960

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United Airlines advertisement, October 1960
NMAH, Archives Center

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Transportation Infrastructure Videos — Transportation infrastructure

City and Suburb: Chicago and Park Forest, Illinois, 1950s
City and Suburb: Chicago and Park Forest, Illinois, 1950s — O’Hare International Airport


United Airlines ad
Currently on display
From the Smithsonian Collection
This United Airlines advertisement heralds the opening of the new Northwest Expressway in 1960, linking downtown Chicago to O'Hare airport.
Physical Description
Advertisement.
Details
Date Made:
1960
Locations:
Illinois
Note:
Chicago
Credit:

Courtesy of N.W. Ayer Collection, National Museum of American History, Archives Center

History

O'Hare International Airport opened to commercial air traffic in 1955 and modernized and expanded in 1959. It was developed on an old airfield in a quiet community far northwest of Chicago. The city annexed the land and built the Northwest Expressway into the airport in 1960. By 1961, O'Hare was the world's busiest airport, and many businesses had sprouted up around the site. By the end of the 1960s, industrial parks, manufacturing plants, office complexes, parking lots, and hotels dominated the surrounding countryside.

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Place of Use
Chicago, Illinois


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