Friday, October 2nd, 2009
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Olympics: Chicago Out Early

Tough yearOuch! Chicago has been eliminated in the first round of voting for the host city of the 2016 Olympics. Why does the world hate Barack Obama?

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johnpseudonym (#1,452)

Thank gods! I will sleep well tonight.

Rod T (#33)

I'm sure it has nothing to do with Chicago sucking.

Moff (#28)

Honestly. Y'know, we were there a couple weekends ago for a large-scale event at Soldier Field. Now, this was my first time in Chicago for an event in about a decade, and I foolishly assumed that, given the number of large-scale events that must take place in that part of the city, there would be some fucking place to eat nearby.

It was ridiculous and bizarre, how difficult it was to get food, how flummoxed the handful of eateries within walking distance of a 61,500-capacity venue were by the presence of so many people. I was forced to decide that Second City was probably a generous overstatement.

narnio (#38)

Honestly. Honestly?

You were at Soldier Field. You assumed wrong.

saythatscool (#101)

Why didn't you eat at Soldier Field?

#56 (#56)

two blocks east, South Michigan Ave is lined with fine eateries. no joke.

Moff (#28)

Clearly. But it was not a crazy assumption to make. In fact, I can't think of a single thing it would make more sense to have near a giant stadium than places to eat food.

Tyler Coates (#451)

I think the Olympics plan was just a ploy to get more eateries around the stadiums and to move the rest of the black people to Wisconsin. We've run out of Cabrini-Greens to tear down.

johnpseudonym (#1,452)

Dude, Soldier Field is on the lakefront, and Burnham's plan is for only museums/public venues there – no restaurants, et al. We know how to have some well-planned and well-manicured parks/public spaces here in Chi, unlike you East Coasters.

Abe Sauer (#148)

Moff: Yeah, you'd think. But having been to a lot of stadiums it is engineered so that the only place to eat/drink is the stadium. In the pantheon, Yankee stadium (old one anyway) was an anomaly.

Moff (#28)

@saythats: In retrospect, we should have done that. But I don't think anyone's first (or second, or third) instinct is to pay stadium concession prices two hours before you have to be at the stadium.

@56: I don't feel like "lined with" is totally accurate. You couldn't get into Grace O'Malley's without a reservation. The place we ended up going, Zapatista on Wabash, was terrifically understaffed and equally packed, and pricey.

Hey, I realize if we were natives or more familiar with the city, we wouldn't have had the problem. But we're not stupid — we were just hungry and not interested in tromping another mile down the street when we didn't know what was there, since just the walk from Michigan to the field is a good hike. I don't think it's unfair to imagine that the people descending on the city for the Olympics would have as much trouble as we did.

Moff (#28)

@john: The parks were very beautiful! Nevertheless, people cannot eat trees. I guess I'd probably have planned for more restaurants on Wabash.

@Abe: Yeah, it just seemed like I was half trapped in the city (traveling by car would have been awfully inconvenient, unlike, say, going to the Fargodome) and half trapped in the Midwest (few options within a walkable range).

I was surprised, people, is all!

zidaane (#373)

The lakefront is kinda sacred. It's a Burnham thing.

It's obvious now that they should have arrested Polanski after the Olympics voting.

saythatscool (#101)

Ha!

No it's all Dave's fault for ass-banging interns in the break room.

Steve (#1,777)

I blame that awful Weekend Update sketch last night (although Heder's Malkovich was pretty good).

saythatscool (#101)

We didn't have the dough. Plain and simple. I hope Rio gets is because Spain just did the Olympics.

#56 (#56)

We still have the Granta issue. so suck it haters!

atipofthehat (#797)

Obama can still help the Chicago economy by banning alcoholic beverages!

johnpseudonym (#1,452)

Illinois just raised taxes on alcohol – to complement Chicago 10.25 percent sales tax – so essentially alcoholic beverages have already been banned.

Abe Sauer (#148)

Look soon for the 140,000 liquor stores on the Wisconsin/Iowa borers.

johnpseudonym (#1,452)

Don't forget the Indiana border, though I don't like associating with those Hoosiers too much.

Matt (#26)

Chelsea on the Rocks sucks!

saythatscool (#101)

Really? I'm sad to hear that. What didn't you like about it? Because I was definitely planning on watching it.

Matt (#26)

No enough fart jokes. Waiting for the Blu-ray Disc box set.

brad (#1,678)

isn't that the guy who directed bad lieutenant?

does this movie feature harvey keitel's penis?

brent_cox (#40)

Can we riot yet, or is it a Chicago-only thing?

Matt (#26)

Since it's Obama's fault, we can riot in DC too. But only in and around Michelle's Farmers Market.

Morbo (#1,288)

The city is too depressed to riot. You had a group in Daley Plaza, disappointed, shocked, disenfranchised. Plenty of different retail outlets you could easily through a garbage can through. A GAP, a couple cell phone stores, a Borders just a block away. A TV news studio across the street to rampage. Instead, they all just milled away, dejected and sad.
If this city didn't riot because of the Great Free Gyro Shortage last month, they won't riot for this. We only riot for things to celebrate, like the Cubs winning a playoff series.

Mindpowered (#948)

Coming from a City which "Won" the Olympics you all don't know how lucky you are.

You've walked away from 8 years of corporate greed, massive transportation headaches, cultural rape(rape-rape if you must) and pillage, construction snals, cost overruns, ham-handed state crackdowns, general feeling that the whole exercise was a big fucking waste of resource, need to flee the city at all costs and massive decline in the quality of living.

All in the name of "sport".

ackack (#530)

Oh Daley and his vanity. This pretty much confirms the move to NOLA. No more jobs left around here. It's like NY or something…

I am considering moving to a town that destroyed by a hurricane because the cost of living corruption-ville, IL is too expensive. Crap – it's the midwest people, aren't we supposed to have values or something?? Fuck it – i'm going for decadence and David Simon.

Morbo (#1,288)

Well, considering that we here in Chicago have subjected this country to Jim Belushi all these years, as well as the "combo" sandwich (italian beef, italian sausage, all in one bun!), one could say culturally, we were not bringing much to the party.

BoHan (#29)

Yes, Rio officially has more money than Chicago. USA! USA!

belltolls (#184)

Get rid of the snow Chicago and we will talk. The Art Institute is God's real cathedral though.

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