Old 04-27-2011, 11:45 AM
Kolak of Twilo Kolak of Twilo is offline
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Presidential visits

I live on the lakefront in one of the highrises along Sheridan Road. On several occasions when I knew the President was coming to town I have noticed several large, military looking helicopters flying over the lake heading downtown. They seem to move out over the lake somewhere north of Devon as if they are coming from O'Hare. I've seen them come from downtown and then turn west over Rodgers Park on a couple of occasions. My assumption has always been this is how he is able to get quickly from O'Hare into the city.

This morning I know the President is going to tape a show with Oprah and shortly after 11AM I saw two large helicopters flying south over the lake with a much larger helicopter with tandem propellers (a Chinook?) further out over the lake moving in the same direction.

My question is, where is there a heliport anywhere downtown or at least on the near South Side for something this large to land? I tried to do some Googling for helipads in the city. All I saw were several hospitals, WGN and a helipad on top of the Hilton Towers Hotel. Assuming the President was in the Chinook, would any of those helipads be able to accomodate something that big?

Last edited by Kolak of Twilo; 04-27-2011 at 11:49 AM. Reason: re: grammer
Old 04-27-2011, 02:39 PM
Tom in Chicago Tom in Chicago is offline
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I think they're using the parking area south of Soldier Field. . . people have told me that they've seen a large police presence there this morning. . .

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Old 04-27-2011, 06:00 PM
Kolak of Twilo Kolak of Twilo is offline
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That makes sense, thanks.
Old 04-28-2011, 04:05 PM
kenobi 65 kenobi 65 is offline
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Meigs Field had a helipad. Good thing we don't have *that* anymore.
Old 04-29-2011, 12:53 PM
Elendil's Heir Elendil's Heir is offline
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If you want to see a fictional Presidential visit to Chicago, check out the pretty good 1989 Gene Hackman thriller The Package.


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