The Chicago Bears have been exploring the possibility of leaving Soldier Field and finding a new home in the region. Cook County Commissioner Monica Gordon, who represents the 5th District, including Flossmoor, issued a statement Tuesday, Oct. 24, urging the team to consider relocating to Country Club Hills.
This week the Chicago Bears (team) is celebrating its first win at Soldier Field in 392 days. Since football season began, we have heard very little about a new stadium for the Chicago Bears. The last word on the subject had the team’s president and CEO, Kevin Warren, last month announcing, “The Chicago Bears will not push for a state law granting the team a long-term property tax break for a new stadium this legislative session in Springfield.” Instead, they want to explore all opportunities for developing a world class stadium.
In September, I sent a letter to Chicago Bears’ matriarch, Virginia McCaskey, and Warren inviting them to consider a site in Country Club Hills in the South Suburbs. Country Club Hills’ strategic location near three major highways, the Metra Electric line and the Indiana border gives the Bears the opportunity to develop a world class stadium and experience that management purports to want for the team’s future growth.
Country Club Hills Mayor James Ford and I also are imploring the team to look at the South Suburbs as an opportunity to have a positive economic impact on a part of the Chicagoland area that is ignored all too often. We know the Bears chose Warren because of his success building U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. After 50 seasons at Soldier Field, we and other south suburban elected officials are asking Warren and McCaskey to look to Inglewood in Los Angeles as a roadmap for transforming a predominantly Black area into a thriving residential, business and entertainment district that will build generational wealth not only for the Bears, but families throughout the Chicago Southland.
While Bears fans are celebrating the team’s first win at home in more than a year, I want to remind the team that it has the power to score another touchdown outside the stadium at a new home in the South Suburbs.