Carrying on the family football tradition in Chicago

When I hear the words “Sunday,” “Football” and “Chicago Bears,” I’m reminded of Sunday afternoons with my dad, huddled on the couch with snacks, yelling at the television during the game. Any game. He loved football, and especially loved feeling like he was a part of the game by sharing his opinions on the official’s calls.

As the years went on, the television sets in our home got bigger and bigger. Usually this “upgrade” in TV size came within a week or two of the start of the football season. It wasn’t every year this happened; but when it did it was always right before that first Sunday in the fall.

One of my favorite memories was a time that I was paged from my teen bedroom to help him rearrange the living room ASAP because it was 11 a.m. on Sunday and the new big screen television that he just purchased was being delivered in time to watch the game. The only way he agreed to buy the floor model was if they could get it to our house in time for the Bears game at noon.

Keep in mind, this was 1989 and this 48” television was in a cabinet the size of a couch.

Most girls have a fancy, Sweet 16 party complete with things that are pink and frilly. Me? I had a Monday Night Football party when the Bears played the Vikings.

I am my father’s daughter.

In our home today, Sundays are much the same way as they were during my childhood.

Laughter, family, food, football and a gigantic television that I just purchased for my new home are in keeping with the traditions of my childhood. I love that I am sharing my love of football with my family!

Given this history with the game, you can only imagine how excited we are to participate in the 2014 Chicago Bears Meijer Family Fest presented by Chase!

Join us on Saturday, August 2 at Soldier Field to see the 2014 Bears gear up for the very first time under the lights on their home field. Festivities kick off at 3 p.m. outside Soldier Field with gates opening at 5 p.m., followed by a live Bears practice at 6:45 p.m.

Tickets start at just $8! You and your family can enjoy…

– A first look at the 2014 Chicago Bears with new players Jared Allen, Lamarr Houston, and more.

– Kid-friendly activities, live music, and a great fireworks show.

– Opportunities to win cool Bears prizes.

– Shopping for new gear at the Bears Pro Shop.

– PLUS, the first 30,000 fans will receive a scratch-off card for the opportunity to win a Bears practice jersey, discounts on merchandise, other cool Bears prizes, or a chance to head down to the field after practice, meet a player and receive an autograph.

You can purchased tickets at the Family Fest page HERE. Group discounted tickets (20 or more) can be purchased by calling the Chicago Bears Ticket Sales and Service Team at (847) 615-BEAR (2327).

My family is super excited to attend #BearsFamFest and hopefully we will see you there!!

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