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Suburbs, O'Hare mark 50-year milestone

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It's been 50 years since O'Hare was formally dedicated by President John F. Kennedy.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

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President John F. Kennedy formally dedicates what we now know as O'Hare International Airport in 1963.

Photo courtesy of the Chicago Department of Aviati

Kathleen and Everett Ryan of Hawthorn Woods prepare to travel to Los Angeles from Terminal 1 as O'Hare celebrates a 50-year milestone.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Terminal 1 is home to United Airlines, which has partnered with O'Hare since its beginnings.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Passengers check in at O'Hare's Terminal 1 in 1962, a year before the airport was formally dedicated.

Photo courtesy of the Chicago Department of Aviati

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It's O'Hare's 50th anniversary. And although it's considered a Chicago institution, the mighty airport is interconnected with the suburbs as a source of pride and irritation; of economic growth and of encroachment on surrounding towns. Airport Commissioner Rosie Andolino and local leaders talk about what's next for this transportation icon.
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    • It’s been 50 years since O’Hare was formally dedicated by President John F. Kennedy.
    • President John F. Kennedy formally dedicates what we now know as O’Hare International Airport in 1963.
    • Kathleen and Everett Ryan of Hawthorn Woods prepare to travel to Los Angeles from Terminal 1 as O’Hare celebrates a 50-year milestone.
    • Terminal 1 is home to United Airlines, which has partnered with O’Hare since its beginnings.
    • Passengers check in at O’Hare’s Terminal 1 in 1962, a year before the airport was formally dedicated.
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