Midway, originally called Chicago Municipal Airport, was built on land leased by the school board, and for 20 years, had a grammar school in between two of its runways.

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City officials worried that flying would be a passing fad, and "insisted on 10-year, early-out clauses". This is apparently why they had no issues sharing land with Nathan Hale School, a grammar school, which was located between two runways.

The noise was so bad that they closed down the two runways during school hours (rather than moving the school).