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Ryder Cup to Bring Local Economic Boost

The golf tournament will take place in Medinah Country Club in the Northwest suburbs

By Sandra Torres
|  Monday, May 21, 2012  |  Updated 9:52 AM CDT
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Experts say the international exposure Chicago received because of the NATO Summit is a preview of what will come when the Ryder Cup comes to the northwest suburbs, but with less controversy.

The Ryder Cup takes place at the Medinah Country Club near Bloomingdale on Sept. 25-30. Crain's Chicago Business reports the golf tournament will bring in $135 million in revenue, compared to the $128 million brought in from the Summit.

About 40,000 spectators are expected to attend the tournament. The DuPage County Convention tells Crain's the majority of the economic boost will come from those visiting, as they spend money on area hotels, restaurants, golf courses and tourist hot spots.

Itasca is spending $18,000 on extra police for security measures, which is a minimal cost compared to the millions Chicago is spending on the summit, according to Crain's.

The last Ryder Cup held in the U.S. was in 2008 in in Louisville, KY. The tournament generated an estimated $120 million.

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