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The promotional video is a highlight reel of some of Chicago’s favorite places. It’s aimed at convincing the Democratic National Committee that it’s time to bring the convention back to the Windy City.
“Chicago is a manifestation of where this country is going with its diverse talents,” said Michael Fassnacht, CEO of World Business Chicago.
The convention not only brings visitors from every state in the nation, but also worldwide media attention. So it not only fills restaurants and hotels during the convention, but it’s also an opportunity to market the city for future tourism.
“You’re gonna see hotels benefit, restaurants, retail, museums,” said Michael Jacobson, Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association.
The last Democratic convention in Chicago was in 1996 and propelled President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore on to reelection. Before that, there was the tumultuous 1968 convention, which is often best remembered for anti-Vietnam protests and violence.
Much of Chicago’s current image around the country is focused on crime – and leaders say this would be an opportunity to change that.
“This is a really important economic development and branding tool for Chicago,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said.
“We have the right leadership, the right infrastructure,” said Senator Cristina Castro, a convention delegate. “The city of Chicago is the perfect location to host this.”
According to the Democratic National Committee, the city that hosts the convention will need to accommodate 50,000 visitors and 15,000 hotel rooms. That’s something that could be difficult for some cities, but something Chicago can handle easily.
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