In June of 2016, thousands of fans from across the U.S. and all corners of the globe descended upon Chicago's lakefront, with the historic Navy Pier at it's epicenter. The event's positive impact for the community was undeniable, bringing millions of dollars into the local economy and, ultimately, establishing Chicago as one of the premier stadium sailing destinations in North America.
Chicago is a world-class city, and Navy Pier's lakefront architecture creates the perfect sailing venue to showcase the excitement of the modern America's Cup.
CEO, America's Cup Event Authority
The Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Chicago competition was a true testament to the world-class sporting events our city can deliver when civic, private and corporate communities come together as one.
Director, Chicago Sports Commission
In 2016, historic Navy Pier celebrated its centennial with a year-long list of celebrations highlighted by the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series. By welcoming more than 195,000 guests to the pier and being on display to millions more worldwide, the first-of-its-kind sailing event delivered with the single largest reach in Navy Pier history.
CEO, Navy Pier
It was unreal here...let's hope this becomes a regular stop on the series. The race course is awesome, all weekend we saw the huge crowds and we all had great support. I hope we're coming back.
Skipper, Oracle Team USA
Chicago's been amazing. It blows me away how many boats and people have turned out to watch what we do. I can't see enough about how well this event has been promoted and how it has been taken up by the Public. It has been a great experience.
Skipper, SoftBank Team Japan
WERE SATISFIED WITH THEIR EXPERIENCE AT LVACWS CHICAGO
FELT IT WAS AN EXCELLENT EVENT FOR CHICAGO TO HOST AND HOPE TO SEE THE EVENT COME BACK IN THE FUTURE
It was spectacular, both from Navy Pier on Friday, the University Club on Saturday, and watching on TV on Sunday...Chicago should mount it's own annual event in these protected waters!
LVACWS Chicago Event Attendee
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The Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series was both a wonderful showcase for our city, but also a showcase for the sport of sailing in the heart of our country. Given the record-breaking turnout, including tourists who traveled to Chicago from across the globe, we eagerly anticipate the Cup's return.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel
THE NEW CHICAGO STADIUM
Within the heart of America's third-largest city and located just minutes away from the nation's top airports, hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues, Navy Pier and the shores of Lake Michigan deliver a natural stadium for thousands of sailing fans and world-class athletes.
Louis Vuitton Americas's Cup World Series Chicago