The International Olympic Committee dropped Chicago from its list of 2016 contenders on Friday while the public looked on in shock.
Many locals could not believe that Chicago was shunned so soon in the first round of eliminations. Chicago's hopes were bolstered by President Obama's visit to Copenhagen, headquarters of the IOC, to rally for Chicago's selection. Michelle Obama spent much of the week there as well, personally lobbying to IOC members, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Michael Jordan told CNN, "I'm totally stunned. I thought we had a great opportunity." The Chicago sports legend said that Chicago would have been "perfect for the world to explore."
However, many Chicago residents were pleased to hear the games weren't coming to their city, given the stress the games puts on its host city.
While the games will only last 17 days, a local bar manager, Brian Fadden said "who knows what we would have had to deal with after that? I mean, taxpayers are probably going to end up paying for this." David Hoffmann, CEO of Arts and Artisans gallery on Chicago's North Michigan Avenue said that one month's worth of increased sales was not worth the other sacrifices the would have to endure, according to CNN.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Chicago's push for the 2016 bid cost $48 million.
The eventual winner of the IOC's decision to host the 2016 summer games was Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This will be the first time the Olympics will be held in South America.