Chicago’s Olympic Escape

The city should be grateful that it didn’t get the 2016 summer games.

When Chicago bid in 2009 to host this year’s summer Olympics, President Obama supported the effort and dismissed critics. “I mean, who’s against the Olympics?” he asked. As it turned out, plenty of people were—including, ultimately, the International Olympic Committee—and nearly seven years later, Chicagoans should be glad about it. While the games that start this week in Rio de Janeiro are already turning out to be a financial and public relations calamity for the Brazilian city, Chicago’s own woes have multiplied since 2009. The Olympics would have been an unimaginable burden to the hard-pressed Windy City.