Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.


10 Reasons Why Chicago will win the Olympics Over LA

Before you
Dear reader, we're asking you to help us keep local news available for all. Your financial support keeps our stories free to read, instead of hidden behind paywalls. We believe when reliable local reporting is widely available, the entire community benefits. Thank you for investing in your neighborhood.


As of this past Tuesday, it's official that LA will compete with Chicago for the US Olympic bid. We love LA and we only bring this list in hopes of getting things in motion. To have the 2016 Summer Olympics here and be host for the third time -- that triumphant return would be a dream come true. But there's a city on the third coast that has never had it and wants it bad. Here's why they'll outbid Los Angeles this time around (unless we get our butts in action):

1. The Mayor really really really really wants it. You see, Chicago doesn’t have term limits like LA does and the Daley family has presided over the Mayorship for almost 40 years! Are you thinking royalty? And while Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa is trying to get schools under his wing, it’s old habit in Chicago. So when school district takeovers are not an issue, you focus on the Olympics. Walking around the city this winter break, you can feel the vibe that Mayor Daley has his energies focused on this effort. There's even a website dedicated to getting support for the city's bid: Where's LA's site?

2. Two airports, complete with rail. Yes, both O’Hare and Midway Airports have CTA trains that run to them and back Downtown. Only if they would stop getting derailed and lighting on fire

Support for LAist comes from

3. O’Hare Airport actually looks nice and has WiFi. We're sorry, but LAX looks like crap on the inside and doesn't have WiFi.

4. Millennium Park. We have to say, it’s pretty damn nice.

5. Grant Park. Right next to Millennium is Grant park which hosts many festivals such as the Taste of Chicago, Blues Festival and more. And the Chicago Park District actually has a decent looking website compared to ours.

6. Cultural Hub. The Art Institute, Field Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, The Shedd Aquarium and the Planetarium are all right there in the same area. Don't forget the Chicago Cultural Center and Symphony Hall as well.

7. On the lake with a beach on extremely clean water, even if ecologically disatrous (thanks to the foreign zebra mussels). The aforementioned parks and the "cultural hub" all exist on Lake Michigan's lakefront.

8. Sorry, but Wrigley Field is much better than Dodger Stadium. You can even take the train right to it.

9. Chicago is known but unknown. The 3rd Coast city seems to surprise and excite many after their first visit. NYC and LA are part of everyday visual culture. Chicago is not. It's just a more interesting pick.

10. LA has had it and had it recently (1984). As much as it would be nice to repeat 32 years later (don't forget, we had it in 1932 as well), if another American city is ready, the Olympic committee might be feeling the need to spread the love.