Chicago 2016 and World Sport Chicago (WSC) are showcasing Olympic and Paralympic sport at the Taste of Chicago where visitors of all ages can take part in interactive demonstrations and clinics led by elite athletes, Olympians and Paralympians.
Although the event is in its 29th year, Chicago 2016 says it’s the third consecutive year the bid has been promoted there where visitors from around the world can select food from more than 200 menu items at more than 50 restaurants, highlighting Chicago’s diverse culinary community.
Patrick Ryan, chairman and CEO of Chicago 2016 said in a press release, “the Taste of Chicago is not only a celebration of food, but also a celebration of the city. Chicago welcomes millions of visitors and residents over the course of the ten-day event, showcasing the beauty of the lakefront and downtown area, as well as the diversity of its communities. Just as food brings people together, so does sport. Chicago 2016 is proud to share the values of the Olympic Movement with the world and invites people to become part of the city’s bid”.
Visitors to the event can push a button that records the number of people supporting the bid. Those wanting more information on the bid can visit an information booth featuring details about its venue plan and there are bid videos created to educate members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) during various presentations.
Visitors can also pick up a Chicago 2016 wristband as well as information brochures and information about volunteering with Chicago 2016. About 500 volunteers will be there promoting the bid and cheering on those who participate in the interactive sports area.
The interactive sports area will highlight Olympic and Paralympic sports such as track, gymnastics, fending, archery, judo, team handball, sit volleyball, etc.
The Chicago 2016 and WSC booth will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with interactive activities taking place throughout the day. There will be special athlete meet-and-greets from 1-2 p.m.
Meanwhile the City of Chicago recently closed on the purchase of a prime 37-acre site for the proposed Olympic Village.
The city is buying the village site for $86 million. A Chicago 2016 press release says that because the seller of the property is financing the sale, the city is not required to make any payments to the seller for five years or pay the full purchase price for 15 years. The city plans to sell the property to private developers who will proceed with construction of the village.
If Chicago hosts the 2016 Games, the village will be home to 10,500 athletes and 6,000 team officials.