• IdentificationPUBLIC "-//The Art Institute of Chicago::Ryerson and Burnham Archives//TEXT(US::ICA::2010.2::CHICAGO 2016 OLYMPIC BID, 2006-2009)//EN)" "ica201002.xml"
  • TitleChicago 2016 Olympic Bid Collection, 2006-2009
  • PublisherRyerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, The Art Institute of Chicago,
  • Language
    • English
    • English.
  • Date2006-2009
  • Physical Description
    • 1.5 linear feet(1 box) and 1 oversized portfolio
    • Printed papers, DVD, CD, photocopies, lapel pins.
  • RepositoryRyerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, The Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60603-6110 (312) 443-7292 rbarchives@artic.edu http://www.artic.edu/aic/libraries/rbarchives/rbarchives.html
  • AbstractBrochures, booklets, books, and ephemera produced by Chicago 2016 and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill for Chicago's failed 2016 Olympic bid.
  • OriginationChicago 2016 Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
  • LocationThe collection is housed in the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries' on-site stacks.

On July 26th, 2006 the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) selected Chicago as one of three United States Candidate City finalists for the 2016 Games. In the spring of 2007, the USOC made the decision to advance Chicago to the international competition. The final selection of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as the host city for the 2016 Games was made on October 2, 2009; Chicago's bid lost in the first round of voting.

Chairman and CEO Pat Ryan led the official bid committee, Chicago 2016, in cooperation with the City of Chicago and Chicago's Mayor Richard Daley. Chicago 2016's plan called for the 2016 games to be held from July 22 to August 7, with the Paralympics held between August 12 and August 28, and emphasized the use of Chicago Park District parks and existing facilities in and around the downtown area, such as McCormick Place and Soldier Field.

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill developed the physical plan for Chicago's bid, under the direction of the City of Chicago and Chicago 2016, with the guiding principals of compactness, accessibility to transit, and integration into both downtown and the lakefront. Following these principals, the plan called for a high concentration of event locations and training facilities to be placed in close proximity to each other, with the majority of event sites clustered together near downtown Chicago and/or the lakefront. This clustering placed the majority of athletes with the direct vicinity of their competition sites. Additionally, venue locations were easily accessible via Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) train and bus lines.

SOM located the Olympic Village at the center of the plan, just south of downtown in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood. SOM's award winning design imagined a facility that would provide for all the needs of the athletes and, post-Olympics, could be transformed into a mixed-use mixed-income community designed to revitalize the area.

This collection documents the city of Chicago's failed bid to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Included in the collection are promotional materials generated by Chicago 2016; drafts of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill's plans for the Olympic Village and report on Chicago's committment to a green games; ephemera; copies of the complete candidate file; and audio/video materials generated by Chicago 2016. The materials are arranged into four series:

Series I, Promotional materials, consists of pamphlets and brochures promoting the activities of Chicago 2016 in the months leading up to the Evaluation Commission visit and materials presented to the Evaluation Committee members.

Series II, Architecture and planning, consists of materials relating to the proposed Olympic Village, venue locations, and environmental master plan for the games.

Series III, Candidate file and reports, consists of the final presentation documents and reports submitted to the International Olympic Committee by the Chicago 2016 organization.

Series IV, Audio-Visual Materials, consists of DVDs and CDs generated by Chicago 2016 in preparation for the bid.

SERIES I: PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS. Arranged alphabetically by title of work.

SERIES II: ARCHITECTURE AND PLANNING. Arranged alphabetically by title of work.

SERIES III: CANDIDATE FILE AND REPORTS. Arranged alphabetically by title of work.

SERIES IV: AUDIO-VISUAL MATERIALS. Arranged alphabetically by title of work.

  • Subject
    • Olympic host city selection--2016
    • City planning--Illinois--Chicago
    • Olympics
    • Hosting of sporting events--Illinois--Chicago








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Chicago 2016 Olympic Bid collection, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.

This collection was donated by an anonymous donor and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in 2010.

This collection was originally processed by Heather Tennison in 2014.