A lineup of Southwest aircraft at Chicago Midway (Photo: Ken Lund from Reno, Nevada, USA [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons)

The Story of Southwest in The Windy City

With American Airlines and United fighting for control of Chicago O’Hare in the 1980s and 1990s, it made sense for carriers to look for other locations to start operations knowing that O’Hare operations were limited. However, Chicago Midway was a hub of its own with Midway Airlines operating at a majority of the gates. Despite the competition from various carriers, it would be Southwest’s story of survival that would land them their largest focus city to date. Southwest’s Chicago roots…