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Chicago to host Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series

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Chicago to host Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series

Chicago has been selected to host the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series, officials announced on Tuesday.

The qualifying event for the 2017 Americas's Cup in Bermuda will take place from June 10-12, 2016 at Navy Pier. Next year's event on Lake Michigan marks the first time a freshwater venue will host an America's Cup in the event's 164-year history.

The Chicago-based CME Group will be first Foundation Partner of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Chicago event.

“Chicagoans continue to prove their affinity for all sports and now they have the opportunity to add America’s Cup sailing to the list," Choose Chicago chair Desiree Rogers said. "We have no doubt that our amazing city, its residents and beautiful Lake Michigan will deliver the ultimate experience for the international sailing community."

“We are looking forward to a historic year in 2016 at Navy Pier,” President and CEO, Navy Pier Inc. Marilynn Gardner said. “We will celebrate our centennial and an event like the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Chicago is a tremendous opportunity to welcome new and returning maritime enthusiasts and casual fans to the Pier. There is no better way to showcase our newly renovated and re-imagined public spaces to the world.”

Navy Pier will serve as the event headquarters, including a ticketed viewing area and entertainment and VIP hospitality areas.

For more information about the event, visit acws-chicago.americascup.com.

Sports Talk Live Podcast: Blackhawks are now tied for the final playoff spot in the West

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: Blackhawks are now tied for the final playoff spot in the West

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