09/29/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Oprah Opening New Season With Phelps In Chicago

Oprah is trucking more than 150 U.S. Olympians to Chicago for the season premiere of "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

On Wednesday, Beijing superstars Michael Phelps, Nastia Lukin, Dara Torres and Redeem Teamers Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony will tape the show in Millennium Park.

The show is being billed as a "welcome home party" for American Olympians, as well as a showcase for Chicago's 2016 Olympics bid.

The taping will be held in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Tickets are available there beginning at noon Saturday. The lawn will be open to the public, beginning at 6 a.m. Wednesday.