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Arlington Park Arlington Heights IL sale to Chicago Bears Churchill Downs

Chicago Bears Plans for Arlington Heights Development are “at Risk”

Chicago Bears officials met with Naperville Mayor Scott Wehrli Friday morning to discuss the possibility of abandoning plans for a new stadium development in Arlington Heights in favor of building it in Naperville, reported the Chicago Tribune

Plans to build “the largest single development project in Illinois history” are “at risk” in Arlington Heights, the Bears said in a statement they released Friday in conjunction with their meeting. 

The Cook County Assessor’s assessment of the former horsetrack, which is five times the 2021 tax value and three times higher than the recent assessment settlement for the Churchill Downs racetrack in Kentucky, fails to reflect that the property is not operational and not commercially viable in its current state, the statement said. 

“We will continue the ongoing demolition activity and work toward a path forward in Arlington Heights, but it is no longer our singular focus,” team officials wrote.  

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