WASHINGTON — Four cities have submitted bids to host the 2024 Democratic convention by Friday’s deadline, with Chicago’s frontrunner status challenged by the emergence of New York’s bid.
A Democratic National Committee official told the Chicago Sun-Times that offers have also been received from Atlanta and Houston.
Given the politics of Georgia and Texas — from voting rights to restricting abortion to their Republican governors — it seems highly unlikely that bids from Atlanta or Houston — where the National Rifle Association holds its convention this weekend – have a chance to win.
New York City — which until this week has not been mentioned as a possible bidder — is another matter and offers big city competition for Chicago.
Like Chicago, New York has an abundance of unionized hotel rooms and airports; celebrates its diversity; offers large arenas and other exhibition spaces; has museums, restaurants and cultural offerings; plus, there are baseball teams and water attractions.
Chicago and New York are run by Democrats, with state governors also being Democrats who advocate for abortion and other rights. The Big Apple and the Second City also have major contributors to the organizing committee who will raise millions of dollars to fund convention activities.
New York City has released details of their offer, with Madison Square Garden as the main venue with various convention-related events at the Jacob K. Javits Center.
Chicago is launching the United Center, McCormick Place and Wintrust Arena, among other venues, all close to the Loop — but not within walking distance.
New York City said in a statement that using the Garden and Javits center would allow “the entire convention – from venues and offices to hotels and media – to take place within a 20-minute walk. “.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams said in a statement, “This is the most diverse city in America, and one that reflects the face not just of the Democratic Party, but of the entire nation. There’s no better place for the DNC to host its convention than New York City, which is why we’re proud to submit our bid today for the 2024 convention.”
“New York City was the epicenter of the pandemic, and now we are leading the recovery. And the convention will inject hundreds of millions more dollars into our economy in a part of the city that has been among the hardest hit. New York City is the greatest stage in the world and we want to welcome the DNC here to celebrate democracy, freedom and progress,” he said.
New York’s bid, the city said, has the “support of leaders in government, business, hospitality, cultural institutions and labor, such as the New York Congressional delegation, the president of the New York State Assembly, Carl Heastie, the New York City Hospitality Alliance, the Broadway League and the Union of Retailers, Wholesalers and Department Stores.
Having an abundance of nearby hotel rooms is important to the DNC. New York said, “The city has already secured commitments from 86 hotels to provide nearly 14,500 hotel rooms for delegates and other convention visitors.”
New York Governor Kathy Hochul, like Adams, a Democrat, said in a statement, “New York is the nation’s hub of commerce and culture and home to the best event venues in the world, including the Jacob Javits World-class expanded center. The 2024 Democratic National Convention would play a pivotal role in helping New York rebuild better than ever after the COVID pandemic — attracting visitors, supporting small businesses and generating robust economic activity.
A spokesperson for Chicago convention organizers Tarrah Cooper Wright said in a statement, “Chicago is proud to be bidding to host the 2024 Democratic National Convention. Our city has the abundant infrastructure and resources to successfully host a major event and create an unforgettable experience for the tens of thousands of people it will attract.
“As a diverse city in the heart of the Midwest, Chicago exemplifies the best our country has to offer today and our aspirations for the future. We have a proven track record of hosting massive events like the NATO Summit and a visitor experience that delights the millions who visit our unique attractions each year like the Air & Water Show and Lollapalooza. More importantly, Chicago is a city showing what it looks like when Americans vote for policies that benefit American families. We look forward to welcoming the country to Chicago in 2024.”