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Examining Chicago’s odds of snaring the 2016 Olympics, factoring in thongs, apathy, and Coolio

In June, the International Olympic Committee announces its short list of potential host cities for the 2016 Summer Games. While most Chicagoans don’t know whether to be excited or scared about the prospect, Chicago2016.org is so gung ho for the bid that it’s sold us out to the metric system, advertising our “3,000 hectares of city parks.” You’ve heard the many pros and cons of Chicago hosting the games; now get acquainted with the other finalists—and watch me handicap the race. FYI: I’ve got Chicago at 3-to-1 odds. Any takers? Roll over the cities to view info.

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