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The 3rd Pan American Games were held in Chicago August 28 – September 7, 1959.
1959 Pan American Games Wikipedia
The games were originally awarded to Cleveland. Cleveland withdrew from hosting the games due to financial reasons. The original backup-host, Guatemala, withdrew even before Cleveland. São Paulo, Brazil and Chicago competed to replace Cleveland as the host of the Pan American Games. Chicago defeated São Paulo 13-6 in the Pan American Games Committee vote held August 3, 1957. São Paulo later would go on to host the following edition.
Once Chicago took over the game following Cleveland's withdrawal, there were 18 months left to organize the games. The games were held on-schedule nonetheless. The games were the first Pan American Games to be held in the Northern Hemisphere's summer. The previous two editions were held in March.
The games opened on August 27, 1959, in sunny 90 °F (32 °C) heat before 40,000 people in Chicago, Illinois, United States at Soldier Field.
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Note ^ The medal counts for the United States, Argentina, Mexico and Canada are disputed.Athletics at Soldier Field
Baseball at Wrigley Field and Comiskey Park
Basketball at Alumni Gymnasium (Men's) and Oak Park High School (Women's)
Cycling at Gately Stadium temporary venue (Track Cycling)
Diving at Portage Park
Gymnastics at Navy Pier
Modern Pentathlon at Waukegan Shooting Range (shooting), Great Lakes Naval Training Center (fencing), Independence Grove (equestrian show-jumping and cross-country running), and Portage Park (swimming)
Rowing in the Cal-Sag Channel
Sailing in Lake Michigan
Swimming at Portage Park
Tennis at Lincoln Park Tennis Club
Volleyball at Proviso High School
Wrestling at Reavis High School