This Saturday the U.S. Olympic Committee will make the difficult choice between Chicago and Los Angeles to be the U.S. entry in the global competition to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. That decision for the host city will be made in 2009.
This week the Chicago Sun Times did a comparison of key facts in Chicago and L.A. These facts included population, landmarks, famous Chicagoans and signature foods. L.A. is best known for California style sushi, tofu. guacamole, fish tacos, chili dogs and chili-cheese burgers while Chicago is best known for deep dish pizza, Chicago-style hot dogs, beef sandwiches, Cheezborger, Cheezborger and, happily, Eli’s Cheesecake.
We were delighted to provide a signature Eli’s dessert for the Olympic Gala in Chicago and look forward to the City’s bid being victorious on Saturday in Washington D.C. when the votes are cast.
Key facts: Chicago and.A.
April 11, 2007
LANDMARKS: Lake Michigan, Navy Pier, Sears Tower (tallest building in North America), 3rd, 4th, 8th, 10th tallest buildings in North America, Soldier Field, Merchandise Mart, Wrigley Field, Lincoln Park, Millennium Park, McCormick Place, Museum of Science and Industry, The Second City, Magnificent Mile.
SIGNIFICANT HOSTING DUTIES:More presidential conventions than any other U.S. city, including the Republican National
Conventions of 1860 that nominated Abraham Lincoln and the riotous Democratic National Convention of 1968; 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition; World’s Fair, 1933; Kennedy-Nixon Debate, 1960; Major League Baseball’s first All-Star game, 1933; Black Sox Trial; Chicago Blues Festival.
FAMOUS CHICAGOANS:Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan, Studs Terkel, Scott Turow, Barack Obama, Buddy Guy, Jesse Jackson (Sr. and Jr.), Roger Ebert, Common, Mike Ditka, Sara Paretsky, Kanye West, Richard M. Daley, John and Joan Cusack, Jeremy Piven, Vince Vaughn.
SIGNATURE FOODS:Deep dish pizza, Chicago-style hot dogs, beef sandwich, Cheezborger, Cheezborger, Eli’s Cheesecake.
SIGNATURE SONGS:“My Kind of Town (Chicago Is),” “Chicago (That Toddling Town),” “Sweet Home Chicago.”
NICKNAMES:City Of The Big Shoulders, Hog Butcher For The World, The City That Works, Windy City, Second City, City On The Make.
HIGHLIGHTS OF OLYMPIC BID:Athletes would compete at 25 venues in a games that would be situated mostly around the downtown lakefront and in nearby parks. The compactness of the games has organizers bragging that nearly 90 percent of athletes would be within 15 minutes of their competition venues.
Athletes would live in a $1.1 billion lakefront village that would be built above existing truck parking lots just south of downtown near the convention
center, which would host sports events.
An 80,000-seat, $366 million temporary Olympic stadium would be built in a historic South Side park.
Civic leaders have raised more than $32 million to help finance Chicago’s bid, and the City Council has backed a $500 million financial guarantee that
puts taxpayers on the hook if the games come to the city and lose money.
POPULATION:3.8 million; second-largest U.S. city.
LANDMARKS:Pacific Ocean, Hollywood, Santa Monica Pier, Malibu, Venice Beach, Disneyland, Hollywood Bowl, freeways, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (built for the 1932 Olympics), Union Bank building (tallest building west of the Mississippi River).
SIGNIFICANT HOSTING DUTIES:1932 and 1984 Summer Olympics; 1960 and 2000 Democratic National Conventions; Pope John Paul II’s 1987 visit; annual Academy Awards; annual New Year’s Day Rose Bowl Game and Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena; 1968, 1973, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1987 and 1993 Super Bowls.
CELEBRITY RESIDENTS:Britney Spears, Kobe Bryant, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Paul Rodriguez, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Jennifer Aniston, Frank
Gehry, Pamela Anderson, Bob Dylan, Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Dustin Hoffman, Jack Nicholson, Hilary Duff, George Carlin, Ice Cube, Jay Leno, Ray Bradbury, Tom Cruise, and, any day now, David Beckham and his wife, Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham.
SIGNATURE FOODS:California-styled sushi, tofu, guacamole, fish tacos, chili dogs and chili-cheese burgers.
SIGNATURE SONG:“I Love L.A.” by Randy Newman.
CELEBRITY CHEF: Wolfgang Puck, who’ll put just about anything tasty on pizza.
SUMMARY OF OLYMPIC BID:The competitions would be at more than 30 venues. Opening and closing ceremonies would be at Memorial Coliseum, built for the 1932 Games and used for the same ceremonies at the 1984 Olympics. Other venues would be located in Long Beach, Anaheim and Pasadena, as well Las Vegas and San Francisco.
The Coliseum would be remodeled, adding 204 luxury boxes and other modern amenities at an estimated cost of $112 million. The Home Depot Center in Carson, proposed site of archery, cycling, soccer and tennis, would be expanded. A shooting range would be constructed at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds in Pomona.
Light rail lines would be extended to connect several Olympic venues. More than $1 billion is to be spent widening several key freeways.
The 1984 L.A. Olympics were the first to make a profit, and officials hope to duplicate that effort largely through corporate sponsorships as they did last
time. California has committed to subsidizing the games with as much as $250 million in taxpayer money if they fail to turn a profit.