Chicago 2016 CEO Ryan Asks Chicagoans to Help Bid: Tell World “Why Chicago”

CHICAGOOnline Channel Provides New Opportunities for Chicagoans to Take Leading Role in Bringing Games to Chicago

CHICAGO,IL (RUSHPRNEWS) August 22, 2008–Today, Patrick G. Ryan, chairman and CEO of Chicago 2016, invited all Chicagoans to help tell the world “Why Chicago” is the best place to host the 2016 Olympic Games. Launched today, the new online channel will feature stories about Chicago told through the eyes of its people-giving Chicagoans new opportunities to take a leading role in bringing the Games to Chicago.

“As a city renowned for our passion, civic pride, love of sports and great sense of humor we know that no one can tell our story better than our own people,” said Chicago 2016 Chairman and CEO Patrick G. Ryan. “We are asking all of those who believe in bringing the world to Chicago for the 2016 Olympic Games to tell their own story of “Why Chicago” by creating videos to be shared with the world.”

Supporters of bringing the Olympic Games to Chicago in 2016 are being invited to the newly unveiled Chicago 2016 Channel (accessible via the Chicago 2016 Web site ( to post their own videos about “Why Chicago” is the best city as well as give the world a little taste of what Chicago can bring to the Games. The best videos, as chosen by the public, will be highlighted for special recognition.

“Chicago 2016 is truly a community-wide effort and nothing will speak louder to the world than passionate Chicagoans telling their own Chicago 2016 story,” added Ryan “Through the Chicago 2016 Channel, the people of Chicago are inviting the world to our city in 2016. We believe that no one can tell the Chicago story more authentically and persuasively than our people.”

Chicagoans are encouraged to visit the online channel regularly to check out their favorite “Why Chicago” videos and share their stories with one another and the world.

While there is more to come, the Chicago 2016 Channel will also be home to fun videos created by a cross-section of rising stars from the Chicago improv community. Participants, including performers, songwriters, artists, or anyone with a video camera or web cam, are encouraged to make their videos fun, unique and loaded with Chicago flavor.

For more information, please contact:
Jaclyn Valrose
+1.312.861.4826 (Chicago 2016 news desk)
About Chicago 2016
Chicago 2016 is a 501(c)(3) corporation whose mission is to seek the privilege of hosting the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Chicago. The committee’s board consists of business, civic, athletic, cultural and academic leaders representing Chicago and the surrounding Midwest region. Patrick Ryan serves as the organization’s chairman and CEO.
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