Six 44-foot catamarans carried in pieces by rail car to Chicago will be reassembled in Navy Pier's Festival Hall for the biggest sailing competition in Lake Michigan history.
The Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Chicago event that starts June 10 and runs three days is expected to draw tens of thousands of spectators to the lakefront. It's a qualifying run for the final next year in Bermuda, but it's the first freshwater race in the contest's 165 years.
The spectacle is largely the work of one Chicago man: trader, sailor and real estate magnate Don Wilson.
Read more at Crain's Chicago Business.
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