By Erin Greene on 05/06/14 at 11:42 am
With just three weeks away from the debut of the World Triathlon Chicago, race slots are nearly sold out. On the fence about snatching one of the last entries to the Windy City race? Let us convince you of why you should make your move.
See the world’s fastest triathletes take over the city. Chicago marks the start of the second half of the season, meaning the hunt for points to become the World Champion will be more fierce than ever. Watch the USA’s on Gwen Jorgensen and Sarah Groff kick up the pace a notch as they and their competitors collect important Olympic qualifying points. Now is your chance to see both current and future Olympic stars without travelling down to Rio.
Global attractions meet local charm
Chicago, the third-largest city in the United States, is located on the shoreline of beautiful Lake Michigan in northeastern Illinois. One of the top worldwide centers of commerce and trade, Chicago is also known for its legendary sports heritage and as a global tourism destination. Each year Chicago welcomes more than 50 million visitors, many of whom arrive via the city’s two international airports. One of which – O’Hare International Airport – is the second-busiest in the world. Among metropolitan areas, Chicago has the fourth-largest gross domestic product (GDP) in the world, just behind Tokyo, New York City and Los Angeles.
The best of both worlds, Chicago offers up unspoiled water front that backs up to vibrant downtown and historic districts. Chicago boasts 26 miles of lakefront with 15 miles of sandy beaches, an 18-mile bike path, and hundreds of beautiful parks like Millennium Park and Lincoln Park all nestled within a skyline of architectural wonders.
Through its two world-class international airports, the city receives more than 160 international non-stop flights every day. It boasts 100-plus hotels with multilingual staff and claims 28 sister cities around the globe. And 77 diverse ethnic communities call Chicago home.
• Navy Pier
• Museum Campus
• Art Institute of Chicago
• Grant Park
• The Magnificent Mile
• Broadway In Chicago
• Legendary blues and jazz clubs
And that’s just to name a few. Once you’re here, you’ll find world-class accommodations, renowned museums, nightlife and music for every style, theatre that’s home to world-premiere shows, and a dining scene that is in a ranking of its own. In fact, Alinea was named the No. 1 restaurant in North America. Try fine cuisine or dig into the famous deep-dish pizza, Chicago has something for every taste bud.
The city plays host to Major League Baseball’s Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox, the National Football League’s Chicago Bears, the National Basketball Association’s Chicago Bulls and the National Hockey League’s Chicago Blackhawks.
Chicago is also known as a hotbed for endurance sports, including the largest triathlon event in the nation, with more than 7,000 participants. Also, as one of just six World Marathon Majors, the Chicago Marathon has been held in Chicago since 1977. An IAAF Gold label Race, the marathon reaches its limit of 45,000 runners each year.
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