More than 30 Olympians and Paralympians gathered in Chicago ©LA2024

More than 30 Olympians and Paralympians gathered in Chicago for the second Los Angeles 2024 Athlete Town Hall meeting.

The American bid for the Games in eight years' time will be holding events all over the country with the aim of promoting the Californian city's aspirations across the United States.

It is also hoped that athletes will be able to contribute to the bid and feel involved, with the first meeting held in Fort Lauderdale in Florida last month.

Janet Evans, the quadruple Olympic swimming champion who is LA 2024's director of athlete relations, was again on hand for leg two at Chicago's Illinois Center.

The United States Olympian and Paralympian Association's (USOPA) Midwest chapter reviewed proposed venues and helped to further develop the LA 2024 concept.

They also provided feedback on the bid with a brainstorming session held.

Los Angeles is keen to promote an athlete-centered Games
Los Angeles is keen to promote an athlete-centered Games ©LA2024

"On behalf of the entire LA 2024 team, I want to thank the Illinois Olympians and Paralympians who joined us at the Chicago Athlete Town Hall, and provided us with valuable insights that will help us in our bid to create the most personalised athlete experience in the history of the Games," said Evans.

"Athletes are at the heart of our bid, and that’s what makes these Athlete Town Halls so important - they ensure that athletes all over the country have a chance to voice their opinions and be heard.

"I feel energised and encouraged as we continue our Athlete Town Halls in cities across the United States in coming months.”

Carol Brown, a three-time Olympic rower who won a bronze medal in the women's eight at Montreal 1976, attended as vice president of USOPA.

"We are excited to have had the opportunity to learn more about and contribute to LA 2024's vision to create a New Games for a new era," she said.

"Like LA's innovative, creative community, athletes are always imagining what's next in training and techniques to compete at the highest levels.

"Working closely with all US and international athletes, as LA 2024 is doing, will be crucial to ensure an LA Games would offer athletes the best possible environment for peak performance."

Budapest, Paris and Rome are also bidding for the 2024 Olympics.

A host will be elected at the International Olympic Committee Session in Lima next year.