‘Bear down’ without going broke

We all know that paying for NFL tickets can quickly drain the family coffers, especially when you’ve got a full house of pigskin fans. But you can cheer yourself hoarse for the hometown Chicago Bears—without going broke—thanks to the Meijer Chicago Bears Family Fest.

If you go

Meijer Chicago Bears Family Fest

9 a.m. Aug. 6

and up

Soldier Field, 1410 S. Museum Campus Drive, Chicago



The Family Fest is an early look at the team we’re putting on the gridiron this year, and it all takes place right at Soldier Field.

Arrive early for the games, alumni autographs, live music and giveaways outside, then head inside the famous stadium for the chance to see Coach Fox, Jay Cutler and the rest of the team take to the field for an honest-to-goodness practice at 12:30 p.m. It’s also your opportunity to see the rookies in action—and decide if the young cubs have what it takes to run with, and tackle, the grizzlies.

So while you might not officially need to dig out your blue-and-orange clothes quite yet, the Family Fest is a great time to show a little team spirit before the Bears kick off against the Texans next month.

The monsters of the Midway will thank you—and your Bears-obsessed kids will too.

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