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Bear Down, Chicago Bears

Who will be joining the Bears this year? With only six selections in this year’s NFL Draft, they’ll have to choose wisely today with their two second-round picks. Whoever the Bears select, those players will become part of a storied history going back a century.

Coach Mike Ditka in the Super Bowl victory parade, January 27, 1986. ST-50004327-0009, Chicago Sun-Times collection, CHM

Take a look back at 100 years of the Bears, from their early days as the Decatur Staleys to their move from Wrigley Field to Soldier Field, from mid-century struggles to drafting Walter Payton in 1975 and their 1985 Super Bowl victory during the Ditka decade. See more.

George Halas at a sporting goods store opening in Chicago, December 10, 1947. CHM, ICHi-065126
Super Bowl Shuffle record. CHM, ICHi-075999

The Museum’s blog is a space where we give you a look behind-the-scenes, highlight items in our collection, and share Chicago stories that you won’t see elsewhere. Assistant curator Julius L. Jones compiled these highlights from the Bears’ first century using artifacts and images in CHM’s collection. Learn more.

Chicago History Museum Sharing Chicago Stories