The Bears have announced the schedule for their first training camp under head coach Matt Eberflus and fans will have 11 days to watch the team practice this summer.
The first of those open sessions will take place on July 28 at 10 am. The other 10 practices will get underway at the same time and of course, all of them will take place at the team's Halas Hall facilities in Lake Forest, Illinois.
Fans who attend must have mobile tickets, which are free and available starting Thursday at 10 a.m. at ChicagoBears.com/camp. Fans are limited to four tickets per day. While last season featured a ticket lottery, this year will be first-come, first-served. There will be free parking at Hawthorn Mall; ride-share companies like Uber and Lyft will not be allowed to drop off near the team facility at Halas Hall.
"We're excited to welcome Bears fans back to Halas Hall for Enjoy Illinois Chicago Bears Training Camp," said Bears President and CEO Ted Phillips. "This is a critical time of year in our preparation for the season, but it also offers unique access for our fanbase. No other club event, including game days, provides the proximity our fans will have to players and coaches as they train.
"We have improved the ticketing process for 2022, added new food and beverage options, and expanded on-site activities to create an even better fan experience. With the NFL's Covid-19 protocols behind us, we're looking forward to bringing back the tradition of player and fan interaction, which has been a staple of Bears training camp for decades."
"This is an incredible opportunity to drive economic development and tourism in the Lake County region to help support our small businesses, hotels and restaurants. We look forward to welcoming thousands of Bears fans from across the state and around the country to explore everything our great state has to offer."
Larry Mayer also reported that parking will not be available for fans at Halas Hall, within Conway Park or at neighbouring businesses. Free fan parking will be available at Hawthorn Mall in nearby Vernon Hills. Shuttle buses will run regularly. Fans will need to present a valid mobile training camp ticket prior to getting on shuttle buses. Ride-share or guest drop-off of any kind will not be permitted at Halas Hall or within Conway Park. Schedule magnets will be provided at gates while supplies last.