The Chicago Bears were established in 1920 south of Chicago in Decatur, Illinois. Originally based out of Southern Illinois and first known as the Decatur Staleys, the franchise moved to the Windy City in 1921, changing their name the following year.
The Chicago Bears are members of the NFC North and play home games at the historic Soldier Field. Before “The Monsters of the Midway” called Soldier Field home, the team shared Wrigley Field with MLB’s Chicago Cubs. Following 50 years of play at Wrigley, the Bears moved to Solider Field. In the early 2000’s as a part of the Lakefront Improvement Plan led by Bears President and CEO Ted Phillips, a new Soldier Field was constructed within the confines of the historic stadium. The new Soldier Field has over 60% sideline seating and improved site lines making the stadium the perfect location to watch football on Bears game days.
On the field, the Chicago Bears franchise holds several NFL records to their name. In the 2010s these included the most players inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the highest number of retired jersey numbers, and the most regular season wins. Victory is no stranger to the team with their multitude of conference and division titles coupled with several world championships and one of the most historic Super Bowl teams in league history.
The 1985 Bears dominated the NFL en route to a 15-1 regular season record and continued to show off their strength in the playoffs capped off with a victory in Super Bowl XX against the New England Patriots. Led by coach Mike Ditka, the Bears embodied what the city of
Chicago is all about: hardworking, tough, tenacious and gritty. The Bears continue to hold those values today and the spirit of Chicago lives inside every player and fan.
Since the turn of the century, the Bears have won multiple division titles, including a 2006 team that won the NFC Championship at Soldier Field with a 39-14 victory over the New Orleans Saints. returning to the Super Bowl for the first time in 21 years.
In 2004, Lovie Smith joined the Chicago Bears as head coach. The following year, the rookie coach led the Bears to win their division and the playoffs for the first time in four years. The next season they clinched their second consecutive NFC North title, winning their first playoffs game since 1995. The 2007 Bears earned a trip to the Super Bowl.
The Bears hired General Manager Phil Emery in 2012 and Head Coach Marc Trestman in 2013 to help the franchise with their primary mission: bringing multiple championships to the city of Chicago and its dedicated fan base.
In Trestman’s first year the franchise’s offense hit many highs including a team best in net yards. The passing offense set single-season records in gross and net passing yards, completion percentage, passing touchdowns and passer rating. The offense also set a franchise benchmark of first downs and finished second in team history with just shy of 450 points with 445.
2014 saw the Bears return all of their primary players on the historic offense while revamping the defense with acquisitions such as Pro Bowl defensive end Jared Allen, defensive lineman Lamarr Houston, end Willie Young and safety Ryan Mundy.