Much like Los Angeles, or any major city for
that matter, a pilot of the register citing Chcago as a homebase
or destination could have meant any number of local airfields.
Field was located at 83rd Street and Cicero Avenue. The
link will give you some background and early photos of the
field. During the Golden Age, it was the site of the E. M.
Laird Airplane Co. at 4500 W. 83 St.
The image above, from Streets and Trips, shows the approximate
location of Ashburn Field on West 83rd St. during the period
of the Davis-Monthan register. According to descriptions,
the property extended west to the corner of 83rd and Cicero
Today, the southwest Chicago neighborhood has taken over,
and the former field is just a few hundred yards east of the
local Panda Hut restaurant. The Ashburn name remains in the
neighborhood, however, as Ashburn Park on 83rd St. about 1.5
miles east of the old airfield site.
I'm accepting information on Ashburn Field and other Golden
Age Chicago airports. If you have information, especially
photographs, please use this FORM