HitAnyKey42 wrote:I've flown Midway tons of times, and O'Hare enough as well. I've always preferred Midway. I remember in college (I went to Bradley, down in Peoria) a time when flying home my flight from Peoria to O'Hare got delayed do to the weather. Landed in O'Hare at the end of one terminal and I had to RUN down and around to the end of another terminal to catch my flight. I got there just as they were seconds from locking the door. I come running up to the counter, completely out of breath. They asked if I'm me, and all I could do was huff and puff and nod my head as they took my ticket and I boarded, and they said I was the only one who made the connecting flight cuz I was able to run fast enough.
alas, like most things in life, i think preference here is a matter of perspective. i live in the North Shore and, as wonderful as Midway may be, it adds 45 mins to my drive to / from home on a good day & 90+ mins w/ traffic relative to O'Hare. (that even though the two airports are a mere 14 miles apart as the crow flies - but, then again, i ain't no crow!) even after taking into account O'Hare's 4% cancellation rate (compared to Midway's 1%) & 30%+ delay rate (w/ average delays of 62 mins) (not sure about Midway's stats here) (both sets of stats for the first 11 months of 2007), i believe that i still have a shorter expected commute (ie adjusted to incl probability-weighted additional travel time resulting from cancellations & delays) to / from O'Hare than Midway, so for me the choice is pretty straightforward. incidentally, the math would favor Midway if i lived in the city or south of it, but i don't / that's that. so, like Imagine4vr said, we are lucky we have options.
btw, for our east-coast friends, other than O'Hare, DFW & Houston, 7 of the 10 airports w/ the worst average delays in the US are in the Eastern seaboard: Newark (68 mins), JFK (65), Dulles (64), Phila (63), Boston (59), LGA (57) & BWI (57).