Allow me to wade into the discussion over a potential new stadium for the Chicago Bears.
To be honest, I was rather hoping that Arlington Int'l Race Course would continue to be a venue for horse racing. I also recognize that perhaps that's not the future as the economics of horse racing has changed to the point where there is a question as far as whether or not they can compete with casinos in Illinois.
That said we knew for a while there was a possibility that Arlington will close in the future and perhaps one day demolished. One day the Bears might consider going up there to build a brand new football field. It would be very unreal since I've only known them to play at Soldier Field, they also formerly played at this baseball stadium up north that's named for a brand of chewing gum.
Either way in the off chance that someone with the Bears or anyone at the City of Chicago reads this (don't matter if they work for an alderman or the mayor) I would like to propose the old South Works on 87th and Lakefront. Its land waiting for a use with many proposals over the years to be developed.
The Bears could build their stadium & entertainment district and I do believe it will benefit the South Chicago/South Shore area of the city. The one thing that I could see becoming an issue is traffic for NFL games. We will have Bears fans coming from all over the area, and sometimes I forget about this we also do have a few fans of other teams who want to see their favorite team play the Bears.
I could suggest that in recent years Lake Shore drive has been extended through the former South Works area though I can see that if bringing a Bears football stadium to that area will necessitate a re-evaluation of the streets and roads there.
The next question is, can anyone in the city convince the Bears of this potential opportunity? I get the feeling there isn't a political will to this, but it's still an idea to be considered.
Perhaps someone out there sees some issue with my proposal that I've missed?