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It’s Vegas, baby — at Union Station

Updated: June 20, 2014 11:14AM



William Harper clutched his Bible and looked on in disgust at the fleshy spectacle in the middle of Union Station Friday morning.

“It’s pathetic — why the hell would you want to punch your ticket to go to Sodom and Gomorrah?” said Harper, 58, of Hazel Crest.

For most commuters, though, the 100 flash-mob “carolers” dressed in gold bikinis and white boxer shorts brought a welcome change from the ordinary — not thoughts of two Biblical cities synonymous with sin.

“Beautiful ladies in Chicago — in the train station — you don’t see that too often,” said Kenneth Shehi, 54, commuting in from Lisle.

The scantily clad singers are in town to promote the pleasures of Sin City in the summer time.

“Chicago residents have suffered through a long, difficult winter — the polar vortex,” explained Ron Rubin, a publicist working for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. “We’ve been out here. It’s been raining every day. It hardly ever rains in Las Vegas. Now is the best time to get out of Chicago and come travel to Las Vegas.”

The promotion — which also includes stops Friday at Buckingham Fountain and a Wayne Newton appearance at Wrigley Field Friday afternoon— prompted dozens of commuters to stop for at least part of the three-song set.

“The bodies are exceptional, but the voices and the number of participants are out of this world,” said Francisco Rodriguez, 66, from Berwyn.

The show had the desired effect.

“Heck yeah, that will make me go to Vegas!” Shehi said.

Every year, about 41 million people visit Las Vegas, according to the convention and visitors authority. But in the summer months, the hotel occupancy rate dips to about 86 percent from a 89 percent year-round average.

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