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A New Twist Arrived In Chicago Bears Stadium Saga

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After a flurry of activity a few months ago, the Chicago Bears’ pursuit of a new stadium seems to have fallen silent. The information available was straightforward. Property tax issues led to a standoff on the Arlington Heights plan. As a result, team president Kevin Warren decided to pivot. He began accepting meetings with several interested suitors for hosting a new Bears stadium. It spans from Naperville to Waukega, Aurora, and Rockford. Perhaps the most interesting one was when Warren struck up a dialogue with Chicago mayor Brandon Johnson.



That was the first indication the Bears might be considering an effort to stay in downtown Chicago. Nothing was promised, but it was evident the two sides were having a serious dialogue on the subject. Now another layer has been added to the intrigue. According to Parkins & Spiegel of 670 The Score, the Bears have hired a land survey company to evaluate the potential viability of the South Lot near Soldier Field. While not a massive strip of land, it would be familiar territory and a way out from under the thumb of the Chicago Park District.

The Chicago Bears wouldn’t be the first team to do this.

There are several examples of organizations building new stadiums right next to old ones. The Houston Texans built NRG Stadium in 2002, barely a half mile away from the old Houston Astrodome. It would be the same idea for the Bears. Fans would be able to travel the same ways to downtown. Only this time they’d be going to a new stadium instead of Soldier Field. This would be a great way to keep people happy. They won’t have to adjust their travel plans and the team would stay downtown.

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The challenge will be dealing with the notorious Cook County politics. It’s the same people that are giving them problems in Arlington Heights. The difference here would be the Chicago Bears have a potential ally in Mayor Johnson. He knows it would be a major political victory if he managed to keep them in the city, cleaning up the mess left by Lori Lightfoot. Warren is well-versed in these dealings. He will likely keep searching until he finds a deal most favorable to his owners.

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Ruru
Ruru
Dec 7, 2023 2:24 pm

Friends of the Park will never allow this 🚫. Just as they blocked the building of the Lucas Museum, they would for a privately owned stadium.
Now Guaranteed Rate… if the Sox 🧦 move to Nashville. That could work.

jmscooby
Dec 7, 2023 12:57 pm

I must go check on the 4 hydroponic lettuce plants in my basement~

jmscooby
Dec 7, 2023 12:55 pm

-Thanks for the heads up, my fellow Scotsman! I hope your daughter is feeling better.

barry_mccockiner
Dec 7, 2023 12:46 pm

Unfortunately the state legalized cannabis, the devil’s lettuce, so watch out for all of the used marijuana syringes when you come back. My five-year-old daughter stepped on one just last week and she’s still vomiting from the affect.

barry_mccockiner
Dec 7, 2023 12:43 pm

In talking with media, Caleb Williams has been very clear that he will not play in the suburbs. Not Rockford, not Arlington Heights, and, in his words, “definitely not Joliet.” He wants to play and live in a city and he expects to own equity in whatever franchise has the privilege of drafting him.

How this affects Poles’ plans for the draft remains to be seen but you can believe that Kevin Warren will be involved.

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