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Chicago Bears
Current season
Established 1919[1]
Play in Soldier Field
Chicago, Illinois
Headquartered in Halas Hall, Lake Forest, Illinois
Chicago Bears logo
League/conference affiliations

Independent (1919)[1]
National Football League (1920–present)

Western Division (1933–1949)
National Conference (1950–1952)
Western Conference (1953–1969)
Central Division (1967–1969)
National Football Conference (1970–present)
Central Division (1970–2001)
North Division (2002–present)

Current uniform
Team colors Navy Blue, Burnt Orange, White[2]

Fight song "Bear Down, Chicago Bears"
Mascot Staley Da Bear
Owner(s) Virginia Halas McCaskey
Chairman George McCaskey
President Ted Phillips
General manager Phil Emery
Head coach Lovie Smith
Team history

Decatur Staleys (1919–1920)
Chicago Staleys (1921)
Chicago Bears (1922–present)

Team nicknames

Da Bears
The Monsters of the Midway

League championships (9)

NFL Championships (8)
1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1932, 1933, 1940, 1941, 1943, 1946, 1963

Super Bowl Championships (1)
1985 (XX)

Conference championships (4)

NFL Western: 1956, 1963
NFC: 1985, 2006

Division championships (18)

NFL Western: 1933, 1934, 1937, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1946 NFC Central: 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 2001
NFC North: 2005, 2006, 2010

Playoff appearances (26)

NFL: 1932, 1933, 1934, 1937, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1946, 1950, 1956, 1963, 1977, 1979, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1994, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2010

Home fields

Staley Field (1919–1920)
Wrigley Field (1921–1970)
Soldier Field (I) (1971–2001)
Memorial Stadium (Champaign) (2002)
Soldier Field (II) (2003–present)

Team owner(s)

A.E. Staley Company (1919–1921)

George Halas and Dutch Sternaman (1921–1932)
George Halas (1932–1983)
Virginia Halas McCaskey (1983–present)

Team president(s)

George Halas (1921–1953)

George Halas, Jr. (1963–1979)[3]
Mike McCaskey (1983–1999)
Ted Phillips (1999–present)

The Chicago Bears are a professional American football team based in Chicago, Illinois. They are members of the North Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The Bears have won nine (9) NFL Championships (eight pre-merger, and one Super Bowl). The Bears hold the NFL record for the most enshrinees in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, with 27 members, and the most retired jersey numbers (13). The Bears have also recorded more regular season and overall victories than any other NFL franchise. The franchise recorded its 700th win on November 18, 2010.[4][5][6]

The franchise was founded in Decatur, Illinois, in 1919,[1] and moved to Chicago in 1921. Along with the Arizona Cardinals (originally from Chicago), it is one of only two remaining franchises from the NFL's founding. The team played home games at Wrigley Field on Chicago's North Side through the 1970 season. With the exception of the 2002 season, they have played their home games at Chicago's Soldier Field every year since 1971. The stadium is located next to Lake Michigan, and was recently remodeled in a modernization intended to update stadium amenities while preserving a historic Chicago structure. The team has a storied, long-standing rivalry with the Green Bay Packers, whom they have played 185 times. The Bears currently hold the edge in head-to-head matchups with a record of 92–87–6. The two teams have only met each other twice in the postseason. The Bears won in 1941 and the Packers won in 2011.[7]

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