What Bears envision for $5 billion ‘magic’ makeover at Arlington Park

While the Bears kick off the season at noon Sunday at Soldier Field — the team’s home for more than a half-century — it could be another decade until their first snap at Arlington Park, amid the planning, regulatory approvals and financing needed to make the ambitious $5 billion project a reality. And while there’s … Read more

Fields flourishes as Bears complete perfect preseason with 21-20 win over Browns

Progress. That’s what we wanted to see out of Justin Fields and the Bears’ offense during the first half of Saturday’s preseason game at Cleveland on Saturday. And to say we saw some would be quite an understatement. Fields threw 3 touchdown passes on the first five drives, completing 14 of 16 passes for 156 … Read more

Bears linebacker Roquan Smith returns to practice, will play out contract

Negotiations are over. That appears to be the message Bears linebacker Roquan Smith received from the team’s front office in recent days. Smith returned to the practice field on Saturday at Halas Hall. Afterwards, he said he intends to play out the final year of his contract this season. The 25-year-old had been sitting out … Read more

One drive, but the Bears’ starters leave with the lead in Seattle

The Bears improved to 2-0 in preseason by rolling over Seattle 27-11 on Thursday. More importantly, they recorded a first-string victory: They beat Kansas City last weekend at Soldier Field, but were losing 14-0 when the starters were on the field. Granted, Justin Fields and most of the offensive regulars played just one drive Thursday … Read more

Bears come back in 2nd half, beat Chiefs 19-14 in preseason opener

Progress. Sound, fundamental football. And all-out hustle. That’s what we were looking for from the Bears during their preseason opener against the Kansas City Chiefs at Soldier Field on Sunday. For the most part, that’s exactly what we saw despite the fact that the Chiefs scored a touchdown on their first drive and took a … Read more

Luke Getsy believes Cole Kmet can be a ‘rock star’

LAKE FOREST — Cole Kmet had his hands on his knees. The third-year Bears tight end was winded Friday. “That was probably the hardest practice I’ve ever been a part of,” Kmet said after practice at Halas Hall. “That’s not a joke.” Bears head coach Matt Eberflus is keeping his word. The Bears are running. … Read more

Kitchen auction begins Arlington Park’s liquidation

From Arlington Million Room china plates to a popcorn machine, more than 600 pieces of commercial kitchen and food service equipment are among the first items from the shuttered Arlington Park racecourse to go up for public auction. The online-only auction, which started this week and closes Tuesday, is the first in a series of … Read more

Bears stockpile 8 picks on final day of draft

The Bears entered Saturday with only three picks remaining on the NFL draft’s final day. Through trades, they turned that into a stockpile of eight picks. The Bears made deals with the Chargers, Bills, Texans and Bengals. When the dust settled, the Bears held two fifth-round picks, three sixth-round picks and three seventh-round picks Saturday. … Read more

Hub Arkush’s NFL Draft preview: Defensive tackles

Georgia’s Jordan Davis could be a Top 10 to 15 pick, but also may be the only defensive tackle selected in the first round this year. While very thin at the top, this group of prospects could offer a number of eventual five- to eight-year starters in the third through fifth rounds with a lot … Read more