2016 or Bust

Chicago 2016 is a bust; here's what else is going on

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Shari Weiss

ChicagoNow's social media intern; owner and operator of TeenDramaWhore.com; editor of BreakingTweets.com/entertainment

There's a lot of news today that has nothing to do with the Olympics.  No, really.  There is. 

Keep reading for a run down of what you may have missed during this morning's craziness.

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Chicago's 2016 Olympic letdown

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Alicia Eler

I'm the Arts & Culture Content Manager at Chicago Now

Moments ago, Chicagoans felt the burn.

Our Windy City was eliminated after just the first round of votes. We're guessing Oprah and Barack aren't too happy about the 2016 outcome--well, perhaps that's an understatement.

So, tell us what you think about the decision. Depressed? Relieved? Indifferent? Didn't even hear the announcement? Whatever you think, we wanna know.
Chicago's elimination in the first round of the IOC vote was a complete shock to many in the Windy City, both supporters and detractors could perhaps not have guessed we would be eliminated in the first round and watched in silence as the fateful moment passed.

As the city weighs in on what happened, I have to admit we are a bit stunned. Was Obama not enough? Oprah? The $40 million campaign? Could voters have been convinced by polls indicating lukewarm support for the games?

The consequences of the failed bid are yet to be known. But one thing is for sure...the world will have to wait for Chicago to put our own spin on the games. Today, the Second City came in last.

Spectators at Daley Plaza react to the news that Chicago's bid to host the 2016 Olympics was eliminated in the first round.


 

Shocker: Chicago eliminated in first round

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Jimmy Greenfield

ChicagoNow Sports Community Manager

Chicago's elimination in the first round of the IOC vote was a complete shock to many in the Windy City, both supporters and detractors could perhaps not have guessed we would be eliminated in the first round and watched in silence as the fateful moment passed.

As the city weighs in on what happened, I have to admit we are a bit stunned. Was Obama not enough? Oprah? The $40 million campaign? Could voters have been convinced by polls indicating lukewarm support for the games?

The consequences of the failed bid are yet to be known. But one thing is for sure...the world will have to wait for Chicago to put our own spin on the games. Today, the Second City came in last.

Spectators at Daley Plaza react to the news that Chicago's bid to host the 2016 Olympics was eliminated in the first round.


 

Chicagoans for Rio exposed

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Fernando Diaz

ChicagoNow community manager for news and opinion

Chicagoans for Rio

"Chicagoans for Rio" may live in Lakeview

Thanks to Kiyoshi Martinez for the digital shoe-leather on this one and @CapitolFax for tipping me. In today's Tribune, James Janega tries to track down the folks behind the incredibly creative Chicagoans for Rio site. I tried with the same results last Friday but others on the Interwebs dug elsewhere to find a a Chicagoan, not a Brazilian as some had expected. A full "press conference" with questions and answers is provided via their blog, 15 ideas. Some excerpts here:

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