“Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die, but long after we are gone will be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistency. Remember that our sons and grandsons are going to do things that would stagger us. Let your watchword be order and your beacon beauty. Think big.”
-Daniel Burnham, Chicago architect. (1864-1912)

Chicago gets the nod over L.A. to represent the United States for the bid to win the 2016 summer games. Now we’re expected to go up against Rio de Janeiro, Madrid, Rome, Tokyo and Prague.

Applause for Mayor Daley, Patrick Ryan, and everyone who put in countless hours winning the bid. Daley adores big bold projects, and often gets what he wants (sometimes through totalitarian force), so it should be interesting to see what happens next.

More coverage from the Chicago Tribune and details at Wikipedia.