Having just seen a thread title about Boston hosting nationals in 2014, I started to wonder about the last time the Chicago area hosted a Skate America, nationals, or other big event. When was the last time it happened?
While Chicago may not have the prestige of Colorado for skating history, I do think it has some recent ties to big names. From what I understand, Oleg Vasiliev trained Totmianina/Marininin in Bensenville, a Chicago suburb; Evan Lysacek lived in Naperville, another suburb, until 2003; Gracie Gold trains in two area rinks; and so on.
Chicago has cold winters, is the third-biggest city in the U.S., and has hosted skating shows, so I'm a bit surprised that it hasn't seemed to host any prominent USFSA events for a long time. What gives? Does the USFSA have some grudge against it? Does it not like giving events to cities not on either coast? Does Chicago not have an available, appropriate venue?