Chicago's Olympic Dreams

Dreams of Olympic glory along Lake Michigan face protest and fierce competition. Can Michelle Obama save the day? Looking to 2016, the Windy City holds its breath

Chicago 2016

Chicago's plans would turn Lake Michigan into a sprawling sports complex.

Update Appended: Sept. 28, 2009

Whether you're one of those Windy City residents who favor Chicago's bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics or you believe the whole project is just ripe for Capone-style corruption, know this: when you're standing on the shores of Lake Michigan, it's easy to imagine an idyllic Olympic experience. With Grant Park and the tip of the Willis (né Sears) Tower at your back, gaze out at the site of the planned rowing venue. Instead of the geese you hear honking, imagine coxswains barking at their boat mates. A comfortable breeze blows in your face on...

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