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June 2016

Race Course

Chicago, the third-largest city in the U.S., is a city built on the shores of greatness. Located in Illinois on the shoreline of beautiful Lake Michigan, the 5th largest body of fresh water in the world at over 100 miles wide and 300 miles long, Chicago is the ideal city-front racecourse for America’s Cup. Chicago’s expansive shoreline is on display in its full glory from the Lakefront Trail, an impressive 26-miles of uninterrupted lakefront, including 18.5 miles of lakefront path and 15 miles of beaches.

Framed by Navy Pier to the north and the Museum Campus to the south, Chicago's picturesque lakefront will create a massive stadium within which will sit the race course, race village, and spectator zone.

Public viewing will be available along the shoreline of Monroe Harbor with the breakwall along the Shedd Aquarium and the Planetarium naturally forming tiered viewing areas.  The race course will be located within the outer harbor breakwater with designated spectator areas for boaters eager to get up close to the action on the water.  Behind all of this, the dramatic skyline of Chicago will stand as an iconic backdrop to the world-class racing.