Joliet mayor would like Chicago Bears to play at repurposed Chicagoland Speedway

The Chicago Bears have made it clear they are considering leaving Soldier Field and moving to Arlington Heights as their future home stadium. But if talks between the Bears and Arlington Heights hit a snag, Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk wants the NFL franchise to consider moving to Joliet, the seat of Will County.

Besides, Joliet already has a massive parcel of land ready to entertain tens of thousands of Chicago Bears fans. In recent weeks, O’Dekirk reached out to Chicago Bears Chairman George McCaskey suggesting the Bears consider Joliet as their future home.

“Joliet would like to enthusiastically express their interest in becoming the new home of the Chicago Bears by way of repurposing the Chicagoland Speedway,” O’Dekirk wrote McCaskey.