Chicago City Hall’s World Cup withdrawals


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Chicago City Hall’s World Cup withdrawals

Chicago’s recent World Cup decisions prove smarter than they first appeared, by Marcus Gilmer

The World Cup quarterfinals get underway tomorrow, and though the U.S. is out, there’s already excitement about the country co-hosting the 2026 tournament with Canada and Mexico.

That includes Chicago, a soccer-mad city. U.S. Soccer is based here. And in 1994, the first time the World Cup came to the U.S., Chicago hosted the opening ceremonies (featuring Oprah!), the opening match and several additional matches.

But come 2026, the city will miss out on the action because, in 2018, then-Mayor Rahm Emanuel withdrew Chicago from the 2026 bid, citing taxpayer risk and demands from FIFA, soccer’s governing body.

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