Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Chicago 2016:
Scenes Around Navy Pier


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Chicago 2016: Preview Days Wednesday and Thursday

June 8-9, 2016


Navy Pier was dressing ship on Wednesday, decked out for the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Chicago this weekend. Photo:©2016 CupInfo.com
Navy Pier was dressing ship on Wednesday, decked out for the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Chicago this weekend.  The entire end of the 3300-foot-long pier serves as the America's Cup Race Village.  The third-story rooftop deck at left is home to multiple VIP areas, while the extra-height second story hosts yet more VIP hospitality, all overlooking the race course located to the south (righthand side of the photo).  The ballroom, located under the arched roof, will be the scene of prize-giving and entertainment for the visitors.  The grandstand is located on the far side of the ballroom.
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Visitors to Navy Pier will  enjoy refreshing beverages under the friendly gaze of the America's Cup skippers. Photo:©2016 CupInfo.com
Visitors to Navy Pier will  enjoy refreshing beverages under the friendly gaze of the America's Cup skippers.
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The sizable grandstand on the end of Navy Pier neared completion on Wednesday, as seen in this panoramic image shot from the rooftop level.  Photo:©2016 CupInfo.com
The sizable grandstand on the end of Navy Pier neared completion on Wednesday, as seen in this panoramic image shot from the rooftop level.  The race course is one the righthand side of the image.  The finish line will be set as close to the end of the pier as feasible.
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Thursday morning saw a quiet sunrise over the pier, but predictions for strong thunderstorms late Thursday night kept the AC45 yachts from being launched for an open practice. Photo:©2016 CupInfo.com
Thursday morning saw a quiet sunrise over the pier, but predictions for strong thunderstorms late Thursday night kept the AC45 yachts from being launched for an open practice.  The boat are scheduled to be in the water Friday for practice racing.
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Skyscraper vs. Skyscraper: Oracle Team USA measuring themselves against the 100-story John Hancock Tower.  Photo:©2016 CupInfo.com
Skyscraper vs. Skyscraper: Oracle Team USA measuring themselves against the 100-story John Hancock Tower.  The building is 1,127 feet (343m) to the roof/1,509 feet (459m) to the tip of the antenna.  The restaurant on the 95th floor offers a good view of the race course.  The building at far left is Lake Point Tower, a 70-story residential building also with a well-situated top floor restaurant for viewing the race course. 
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The AC Endeavour program gave local school children the chance to sail in Hobie Wave catamarans.  In a nod to the city, each boat received a sail decorated with the colors and logos of Chicago sports teams. Photo:©2016 CupInfo.com
The AC Endeavour program gave local school children the chance to sail in Hobie Wave catamarans.  In a nod to the city, each boat received a sail decorated with the colors and logos of Chicago sports teams.
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The students braved rainy conditions to venture out to the Chicago Lighthouse.Photo:©2016 CupInfo.com
The students braved rainy conditions to venture out to the Chicago Lighthouse.
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