The International Olympic Committee announced today that Chicago is one of the final four cities chosen for 2016 Olympics. The other cities on the short list are Tokyo, Madrid, and Rio de Janeiro.
A final decision won’t be made until 2009. Between now and then the Windy City will have to prove that it truly is the “city that works”. In the eleven categories, Chicago ranked last in four of them and wasn’t number one in any. It should come as no surprise that one of the concerns is with the public transportation. They’re also concerned that the construction estimates are too low (can you say Millennium Park?). What we do have going for us is the proximity of the events to one another, which is rare for the Olympics.
The next step is to submit the full proposal detailing how exactly it plans to pull this off. That’s not due until February.