The Chicago Bears have been playing professional football since before the 1920—when the NFL was named the American Professional Football Association. Chicago had immediate success in the pros, posting winning seasons in all but two years through 1951, including NFL titles in 1921, 1932, 1933, 1940, 1941, 1943, and 1946. After success in the 1950s and another title in 1963, the Bears experienced their first struggles, failing to make the playoffs for 14 straight years. Chicago started another long string of success in the 1980s when former Bears tight end Mike Ditka became the head coach. Ditka’s Bears, with star running back Walter Payton leading the way, won five straight division titles as well as Super Bowl XX. Before Ditka moved on after the 1992 season, he led the Bears to a total of seven playoff appearances in 11 years. Since Ditka’s departure, Chicago has won three more division championships and reached one more Super Bowl. The Bears have retired 13 numbers and plan to retire Ditka’s No. 89 in 2013. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Chicago Bears tickets.
2016 Chicago Bears Season Preview
The Chicago Bears find themselves at a crossroads in 2015. The 2014 season was supposed to be the year Jay Cutler, Matt Forte, and the Bears offense finally put it all together. But the team floundered offensively, losing their final 5 games, to finish 5-11. In the offseason the Bears said goodbye to longtime star receiver Brandon Marshall, but brought in ultra-talented first round pick Kevin White to try and pick up the slack. Jay Cutler is expected to start the 2015 season as the Bears starting quarterback, but there is big questions around whether Cutler will finish the season under center. If the Chicago Bears offensive line can protect Cutler better than last season, the Bears offense has a chance to live up to its potential and return as one of the most dangerous units in the game. If they can’t? It is likely that the Chicago Bears will be looking up from the NFC North basement once again.
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Chicago Bears Football at Soldier Field Address: 1410 Museum Campus Drive, Chicago, Illinois, 60605
The Bears play their home games at Soldier Field,located in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago has been playing its home games at Soldier Field since 1971, but in 2003 renovated the historic stadium to improve the venue for its fans. Soldier Field holds 61.5 thousand screaming fans when filled to capacity. With one of the closest front row seats in all of the NFL, Soldier Field provides fans with the lure of an historic stadium as well as the amenities expected of a state-of-the-art NFL facility. Chicago Bears home bench is on the Soldier Field sideline with sections 130-144, so look for Chicago Bears tickets near these sections. Soldier Field parking information is covered in our Bears event guide.
These two historic franchises have established an historic rivalry. The rivalry may be heated, but there is also mutual respect that has come from matching up against each other over 185 times. With 20+ NFL Championships, these two franchises stand near the top of NFL primacy.
With over 100 meetings between these two teams, this rivalry has been almost evenly matched throughout the years. As division foes, this matchup often has a lot on the line and the rivalry will only continue to get better as the years go on.
This rivalry began in 1930 and has over 165 meetings between the two teams. This matchup has always been about cheap shots and trash talk and that will only continue as these two teams face each other two times a year.
Bears in the Super Bowl, NFC Championship and NFL Playoffs
The Bears have established themselves as one of the premier NFL franchises since they began in 1920. With a Super Bowl title, multiple conference championships, and over 20 playoff appearances, the Bears will only add to their legacy. The Bears also hold the record of most players being elected to the Hall of Fame.
Chicago Bears Event Guide
Where is the best place to park at Soldier Field?
There are three major parking options at Soldier Field. To the south of the stadium, on the south side of Waldron Drive, is the Waldron Garage, which extends all the way to 18th Street. To the south of 18th Street is the South Lot, which is the largest open air parking option in the area. To the north of the stadium is the North Garage, which sits in-between Soldier Field and E McFetridge Drive. Outside of these three parking locations are a few smaller parking options. On the north side of E McFetridge Drive at the corner of Museum Campus Drive is a smaller parking lot. Another small lot is located on the east side of Burnham Harbor just south of Solidarity Drive. There are also a few L Stations in the area, which will allow you to forgo the hassle of driving and parking.
Can I buy Chicago Bears football season tickets?
Chicago Bears season tickets are available to buy until kickoff of their home opener. Check our listings above or call us if you would like to purchase Chicago Bears season tickets. Let us know if you want a particular section at Soldier Field.
What’s the best way to get to Solider Field?
Taking a CTA train to the Roosevelt Station is the best way to get there using public transportation. The station is about ½ a mile to the stadium.
Where can I find the 2016-2017 Chicago Bears football schedule?
The Bears 2016-2017 football schedule is listed as soon as it is announced by the NFL. The Bears plays in the NFC North, which means games against the Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers. Game times are announced by the NFL as soon as the TV schedule is set. Chicago Bears home opener is typically one of the most popular games. If you are looking for Bears news or scores, then visit our partners at CBS Sports. They are also a good source for the official Chicago Bears team roster.
Where are good places to eat before a Bears game?
Chicago has some of the best pizza of anywhere in the country. Of the numerous great places near Soldier Field, we like Flo & Santos, Homemade Pizza Company, and Toni’s Pizza & Organic Pasta. For great burgers try Urban Counter, The Gage, or Johnny’s Grill. If you are looking for a restaurant with vegetarian options visit Chicago Raw or Karyn’s On Green. For a more upscale dining experience try Henri, Grace Restaurant, or Tru. Rocky’s, Clover, and Old Fifth are three sports bars worth trying. If you enjoy Mexican food check out Spanglish Mexican Kitchen, Xoco, or Frontera Grill. Other good places in the area are Osteria Via Stato, Girl & The Goat, and Quartino.
What time do the gates open prior to a Bears game?
Gates open two hours prior to kickoff at Soldier Field.
How can I buy cheap Chicago Bears tickets?
TicketCity offers a big selection of Chicago Bears tickets which include some of the lowest priced seats on the market. Bears tickets fluctuate based on demand and opponent. Marquee NFC opponents, like the New York Giants, Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers, can drive up home game prices. While cheap tickets are more plentiful for, non-conference or non-divisional opponents. Those games may offer best opportunity to purchase Chicago Bears tickets near face value.
Does my child need a ticket to attend the game?
Children under 32 inches tall do not need a ticket for Bears home games. Ticketed adults will need to obtain a lap pass for their children at the Gate 10 ticket office and the child will need to sit on the adult’s lap during the game.