A Chicago Bid Means a Midwest Bid

By: Alana Greenfogel Email
By: Alana Greenfogel Email

"I hope it happens."

Pam Forsey would love to travel about two hours to watch an Olympic event. That's something many people never thought would be possible.

"It would be wonderful to have a chance to see events," Becky Hildreth says. "I haven't had any times to travel when it was held here in the United States, so being here close by would be nice to go see some of the events."

But before we get too excited--this is just step one.

Chicago beat out Los Angeles for the United States' nomination. Now the windy city will compete against other places in the world, like Prague, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro (the list goes on).

The 2016 Summer Olympic bid will be announced in 2009.

So we now have two years to talk about "what ifs."

"Our basic goal right now is to help Chicago win its bid," says Greg Ayers, the Executive Director of the South Bend/Mishawaka Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Ayers says our proximity to Chicago could potentially draw thousands of people from around the world to our restaurants, museums, theaters, and other attractions.

Ayers says while Chicago has a lot to offer itself, "we think people are going to want to experience other parts of the Midwest."

If Chicago gets the bid, it would be a first for the Midwest.

Some dream of being IN the Olympics.

Others dream of WATCHING them.

And that could be you.

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