Chicago’s lakefront seems built for competitive sailing. Deep water near a series of scenic harbors and an active pier sit in the shadow of an iconic skyline, all in a city famous for its wind.
It is not surprising then that the world’s premier sailing competition, the America’s Cup, chose the city and Lake Michigan as the first ever fresh water venue to host a Cup race in the event’s 165-year history.
What convinced America’s Cup officials to finally consider Chicago, a city with a sailing history that goes back nearly as far as the Cup itself, is a combination of an enhanced competitive sailing scene, technological innovation and 21st century marketing needs. And it’s largely the work of Chicago futures trader Don WilsonDon Wilson.
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