Hosting the Olympic Games is an honor that prompts cities and countries to spend millions of dollars on infrastructure and improvements. Hell, if the Chicago bid team had been successful, we might have added a 5th star to the flag.
The global media and social media have changed how host cities are judged and as someone that lived in Chicago during the 2016 bid process and London during the 2012 games, the newest criteria for a successful games is the legacy it leaves behind.
“The Olympic City,” an ongoing photography project by Jon Pack and Gary Hustwit, looks at the legacy of the Olympic Games in former host cities around the world. Taken between 2008 and 2013, the pop-up exhibit focuses on the legacy of the Olympic facilities and how local residents reuse those facilitates after the games are over.
The exhibit includes images from Rome, Beijing, Moscow, Helsinki, Lake Placid and several other cities. If you live or work near the Loop, make a visit to “The Olympic City.”
Photo credit: Gary Hustwit