As a skater from the Chicagoland area, I always have to travel elsewhere for competitions. I would love it if we could host one out here. I think people from all over the country would be happy to attend an event in Chicago as it would be a refreshingly new place to host an event. Let's get some skating events out here!
They hosted Regionals a few years back. But no LOC (of which there are just two here: DuPage, and then all the other clubs which when combined make up the Skating Council of IL and host big events as a group) has bid on Nationals in forever. We do certainly have plenty of ice and hotels.
Chicago area skating fans could try contacting these 2 clubs/organizations to let them know of their keen interest in having a major skating competition in the area and offering help as volunteers:
"Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isn’t every four years, it’s every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden