Mayor Daley and other movers and shakers in Chicago are really going all out to host the Summer Olympics in 2016. They've got all sorts of plans, have been talking to all sorts of influential people, and today they even unveiled a logo.
I think the logo looks great. The subtle changes in blue to green in the handle reflect Lake Michigan and the huge Chicago park system (or Chicago River - ha!). The flame is obviously a stylized representation of the wonderful Chicago skyline - one of the prettiest skylines in the world, in my humble opinion. Plus, by representing the city with the flame, there's a small nod to the Great Chicago Fire.
But great logo aside, I honestly think Chicago is a long shot at getting selected as the official U.S. candidate, let alone getting picked to host by the Olympic Committee. I just don't see how all the events could be logistically hosted in Chicago. Some sports would have to end up in Southern Wisconsin or Northwest Indiana, at which point the venues are all over the place and hard for visitors to get to. That has to play heavily against Chicago.
It is a great logo though.