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Chicago 2016: Live From Daley Plaza

By Marcus Gilmer in News on Oct 2, 2009 2:50PM

Hello from downtown Chicago. The festivities have been kicking here for not quite a half an hour or so and the cool weather hasn't dampened the spirits of the large crowd gathered here at a sunny Daley Plaza. We're still a little under an hour away from the start of the IOC's voting. Barring a huge upset, Chicago is expected to make it to the final round of voting, most likely against Rio. That means we won't find out who gets the Games until the official IOC announcement at 11:30 a.m. In the meantime, be sure to keep checking back with this post as we add more pics and updates from the festivities and count down to the big reveal.

9:20 a.m. - Olympian Rowdy Gaines and Ald. Solis (25th) get the crowd warmed up and introduce a series of videos that were shown to the IOC during their April evaluation visit. Gaines says the first round of voting by the IOC starts at 10:10 a.m. Chicago time.

9:50 a.m. - We've seen appearances from Scottie Pippen and Ald. Preckwinkle. A mediocre cover band is on stage now. We await the first round of votes.

10:20 a.m.: Waiting on the first rond of voting.