Blue Chicago

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While the travel industry and the traveling public ostensibly share many of the same goals -- both sides want to see people get where they're going, set a spell, and then move on -- it is the differences between the two groups that make this business fun.

Atlanta's Hartsfield International has bested perennial winner O'Hare in the who-has-the-busiest-airport contest. Talk about your double-edged swords. While the tourism community may see this as an indicator of the Atlanta area's healthy economy, to travelers it's tantamount to McDonalds bragging about having longer lines than Burger King.

Even more ludicrous, people are actually feeling sorry for Chicago over the loss. Hurried conversations conducted in hushed tones decry Chicago's loss of status and express no small doubt that the City of the Big Shoulders has indeed slumped.

There is some hope left, though, for that windy town. O'Hare still leads the pack in terms of takeoffs and landings. So cheer up, Chicago. Your airport may have shorter lines, but your airspace is way more crowded than anybody else's. I wonder if there's a greeting card for that.

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