Monday, December 22, 2014

Gallery: Chicago 2016 Olympic Bid

A process started three years ago reaches its climax as the city prepares to learn which of four bidders - Chicago, Rio, Madrid, Tokyo - will be selected by the International Olympic Committee to host the 2016 summer games.

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A pedestrian walks along the lower level of the Michigan Avenue Bridge on Oct. 2, the day Chicago learned it would not be selected to host the 2016 games.

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Restaurateur Grant DePorter helps prepare Harry Caray's restaurant, one of many places that hosted parties in downtown Chicago to watch live television coverage of the Olympics voting in Copenhagen.

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Marketing manager Sonja Leskinen, left, and marketing associate Kristen Nerae of Harry Caray's prepare the restaurant before the kickoff of live television coverage of the Olympics voting in Copenhagen.

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Deloitte employees make their way to Daley Plaza to show their support for Chicago's bid for the 2016 Olympics.

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Olympics hopefuls fill Daley Plaza as the voting begins. Chicago was eliminated in the first round. Rio de Janeiro won.

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Miho Ozaki of Chicago says a prayer while waiting for the Olympics bid announcement at Daley Plaza. Though Ms. Ozaki is originally from Japan, she said she was hopeful Chicago would beat Toyko, Madrid and Rio for the games. Chicago was knocked out in the first round of voting.

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Cathleen Domanico, director of tourism at the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau, was among a group from the tourism and hospitality industry watching live coverage of the voting at the Wit Hotel in downtown Chicago.

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Spectators at Daley Plaza were stunned when Chicago was the first city eliminated from competition to host the 2016 games.

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In Daley Plaza, Sara Simmons of Chicago reacts to the news that the city had lost its bid to host the games. "I am speechless," she said. "I am utterly shocked considering the way the city came together."

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Stunned spectators at Daley Plaza react to news of the city's loss.

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"I'm disappointed because I know the Chicago team worked so hard. There were so many people who worked day in and day out. We still have to be excited and proud of the city," said Ms. Domanico after Chicago was eliminated.

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Denise Plambeck of the National Assn. of Realtors, Patty Stevens of Hilton, Michael Lyman of the Wit Hotel and Joan Phillips of Hilton try to make sense of Chicago's failure. Asked whether she thought Chicago should bid again, Ms. Stevens said, "We'll have to wait and see on that."

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"In terms of tourism, Chicago will always be a destination city. It will still entice people to come here," said Randy Romero, director of brand management with Hilton, after Chicago lost it's bid to host the 2016 Olympics. Mr. Romero was among a group of convention and tourism professionals assembled in the screening room of the Wit Hotel to view live coverage of the vote from Copenhagen.

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Spectators gather outside the ABC studio on State Street to watch the aftermath of the vote.

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