Chicago in 1982 was the successful Worldcon bid that became Chicon IV. The co-chairmen were Ross Pavlac and Larry Propp. In balloting at Noreascon 2, Chicago defeated the rival Detroit in '82 bid by a margin of 1,108 to 410 (with 121 other votes of various kinds). See 1982 Site Selection results for full details. (St. Ghu in '82 also ran.)
The highlight of the campaign was the legendary "balloon hit", in which Chicagoans sneaked into the hotel room of Detroit bid chairman Rusty Hevelin before the vote and filled it wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling with inflated balloons.
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