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Bears tightening candidate list for head coach

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Bears tightening candidate list for head coach

The end of the divisional playoff round was expected to trigger phase two of the Bears search for a successor to Lovie Smith and it did just that, with three finalists due for second interviews with Bears, according to various reports.

The narrowing of the field raised the possibility that the Bears could have the 14th head coach in their history by next weekend.

Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who met with GM Phil Emery in Atlanta on Saturday prior to the Seahawks-Falcons divisional game, is on the short list, as first reported by ESPNs Chris Mortensen.

That Bevell was able to make such a strong impression with Emery despite a divisional playoff game the next day speaks to a strong ability to compartmentalize.

Marc Trestman spent eight hours meeting with Emery in their first interview, an indication of a connection that was borne out by Trestman being called back for meetings that will include Bears Chairman George McCaskey and President Ted Phillips, according to ESPN.

Trestman has been a successful head coach with the Montreal Alouettes, which won two Grey Cup championships under his stewardship.

Bruce Arians work with Ben Roethlisberger and Andrew Luck, plus a 9-3 stint as an interim coach with the Indianapolis Colts this season, helped convince the Bears that Arians might be the one to take Jay Cutler to an elite level. Arians also made the finalists cut.

Soldier Field to host drive-in movie screenings through July

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NBC Sports Chicago

Soldier Field to host drive-in movie screenings through July

You're probably not going to be able to watch the Bears at Soldier Field any time soon, but next week you'll be able to watch a movie there! That's kind of the same! 

That's because a program called 'Chi-Togther' "will provide Music Entertainment and Movie Screenings each night that will also include carpool-style concerts plus food and beverage options for all ages."

The event will be held in Soldier's South lot, and anyone who signs up will get a free popcorn! Honestly, it's worth it  just to get out of the house and grab yourself some free kernels. 

Movies being screened include Groundhog Day, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and Fast and Furious (hell yeah). Also Shrek. 

12 greatest Chicago Bears wins in Soldier Field history

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USA TODAY

12 greatest Chicago Bears wins in Soldier Field history

The Chicago Bears franchise celebrated 100 years of football last season but there are a few more notable anniversaries on the horizon.

Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of Bears football at Soldier Field. And the columned stadium itself, which opened in 1924, is nearing the century mark.

While the franchise played a vast majority of their home games at Wrigley Field in its early years, a smattering of contests took place at the lakefront facility. The first of which was a 10-0 win over the Chicago Cardinals on Nov. 11, 1926. 

The Bears moved away from Wrigley Field after the 1970 campaign, landing at the AstroTurfed Soldier Field the following season. The team’s first game there — as official tenants — gave the franchise a positive jolt. A late Kent Nix touchdown pass gave the Bears a 17-15 victory over coach Chuck Noll’s Pittsburgh Steelers in front of a capacity crowd. The win was one of the bright spots in an otherwise pedestrian 6-8 season.

Alas, there were better days ahead.

Let’s take a look back at the 12 greatest Bears wins at Soldier Field:

12 greatest Bears wins in Soldier Field history