A New Site For A Chicago Bears Stadium Has Emerged

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Bears ownership is checking out one of Soldier Field’s parking lots as a stadium site.

Is the ownership of the National Football League’s Chicago Bears franchise back to where it started from in the stadium game? Taking a close look at building a stadium which would be next door to its present location, Chicago’s Soldier Field? There was a report that Bears ownership is kicking the tires at the stadium’s south parking lot. There are municipalities in northern Illinois that want the McCaskey business. Political and business leaders from Country Club Hills, Illinois, which is about 25 miles south of downtown Chicago, sent a letter to team president and CEO Kevin Warren, and the principal Bears’ franchise owner 100-year-old  Virginia McCaskey to take a look at the town.

Politicians in Arlington Heights, Aurora, Chicago, Naperville, Richton Park and Waukegan want a chance at building the Bears’ planned stadium-village complex. The McCaskey family purchased a 326-acre piece of property in Arlington Heights that could house a stadium-village. At one point, months ago, the McCaskeys were dedicated to the Arlington Heights site and planned to move the team to the Chicago suburb but then the McCaskeys received the tax bill on the property and they didn’t like what they saw. The property tax was higher than anticipated and that caused the McCaskeys to do a double take. The McCaskey family is not making any decisions in 2023 about the business’s future home and may take up to a year to figure out what area works the best. The answer to what works best is simple. Where can ownership make the most money possible. The McCaskey family is contractually obligated to use Soldier Field for Bears’ games until 2033 but the lease can be terminated early if the McCaskey’s pay a lease breaking penalty. The McCaskeys are in the catbird seat in the stadium game.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) beats Chicago Bears defensive back Jaylon Johnson (33) on a touchdown pass from quarterback Tom Brady during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)