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(WTTW News)

With O’Hare and Midway airports deserted amid the coronavirus pandemic, stores, restaurants and rental car companies are set to get a two-month break on most of the rent they owe to the city under a proposal that cleared a key city panel Friday.

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A passenger at O’Hare International Airport on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. (WTTW News)

O’Hare International Airport is one of the engines of Chicago’s economy. But what happens when that engine is operating at about 5%? We check out the scene at one of the world’s busiest airports.

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Midway Airport (WTTW News)

Traffic at Midway Airport dropped last year to its lowest level in two decades—and the decline is likely to continue as long as the Boeing 737 Max is grounded.

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A woman clears off a Divvy bike as a winter weather advisory is issued for the Chicago area on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, in Chicago. (Rich Hein / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

An arctic air mass that brought snow and ice to an area stretching from the Rocky Mountains to northern New England on Monday was poised to give way to record-breaking cold temperatures.

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A plane lands at Meigs Field (Courtesy of Chicago History Museum)

What if instead of hailing a cab or a private car to get to O’Hare or Midway from downtown Chicago, you could hail an airplane? Geoffrey Baer is here with the story of a company that once offered that very service. 

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Joel Weisman and his panel discuss the week's news, including the agonizingly slow TSA screening lines at O'Hare and Midway which have prompted calls to wrest airport control from Mayor Rahm Emanuel and create an elected airport authority.

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Should O'Hare and Midway do away with the TSA altogether? Some aldermen are calling for the privatization of security screening at Chicago's airports.

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New rules that will allow rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft to start making pickups from O'Hare and Midway airports could be in place as early as Nov. 18. How will these changes impact taxi drivers and others who drive for a living? We speak with Peter Ali Enger of the United Taxi Drivers’ Community Council.