Fallon Agrees to Bring “The Tonight Show” to Chicago

Reading of 2.7 million books by Chicago school kids meant late night host lost friendly wager with Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Jimmy Fallon is making good on his promise to bring "The Tonight Show" to Chicago after losing a bet with Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

The late night host made the announcement on his show Thursday, but wasn't sure when it will happen.

"You won the bet, we will be coming to Chicago, we've just got to figure out how to get everyone there, because we just started here, we have like 200-something people who need to come with us, so Rahm if you have room there in your house, we'll come and we'll hang with you, but in the meantime we'll look for a place and we'll have fun when we get there, so congratulations Chicago that's really cool," Fallon said.

Rahm responded via Twitter that he was excited to welcome the show, and tweeted, "Yes, Jimmy, you can stay at my house."

Fallon hesitantly agreed to the wager when the mayor was on the show in June, promising to bring the show back to Chicago if the city's children managed to read 2.4 million books over the summer.

The kids came through, reading a record-breaking 2.7 million books as part of the "Rahm's Readers Summer Learning Challenge."

"Congratulations Chicago, you've got some smart kids, that's a great thing that you did there," Fallon said.

Fallon was prompted to respond when Emanuel released a statement Sunday saying, "It’s time to pick a venue, Jimmy!"

The Chicago visit will be the first for "The Tonight Show" in more than a decade.

Emanuel's June appearance on the show followed a Twitter challenge that brought Fallon to Chicago to take a March dip into Lake Michigan to raise money for Special Olympics.

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