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Chicago selected as Candidate City

June 04, 2008, 1:06 p.m. (ET)

Today in Athens, Greece, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) selected Chicago as a finalist city in its bid to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Chicago is now officially a Candidate City and enters the international phase of the bid process. A special event is planned on Friday, June 6, at 11:30 AM in Daley Plaza.

This is a significant milestone for Chicago 2016 on a road that began in 2006. The United States Olympic Committee selected Chicago as the U.S. bid city in April 2007, and the bid submitted its Applicant File-an overview of its plan for the Games-in January of this year. The IOC will select a Host City on October 2, 2009, in Copenhagen.