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Could this be the home of a future Super Bowl?
The possibility of Chicago hosting an NFL Super Bowl is back on the agenda.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's spokesman Tom Alexander confirms that the mayor spoke recently with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell about the possibility of bringing the big game to Chicago, along with a number of other ways the league and the city could partner.
"What we've said in the past is that Chicago is a wonderful place for large scale events of all sorts, so we're looking at that and a number of other things that could make sense for the city," Alexander said.
It's not the first time Emanuel has floated the idea of hosting a Super Bowl. He first met with Goodell privately a year ago on the heels of the NATO summit to discuss the possibility.
Goodell has confirmed that he's open to considering hosting more Super Bowls in cold-weather cities inside open-air stadiums, but a lot depends on how the New York championship game goes in 2014.
Northern cities such as Indianapolis and Detroit have hosted recent Super Bowls, but the games were played in domed stadiums.
The earliest Chicago could be in consideration for a Super Bowl would be 2018 with Tampa, Houston and San Francisco scheduled to host the games after New York.