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Group Pushes Back on New Bears Stadium South of Soldier Field

Amid reports that the Chicago Bears were eyeing a lot south of Soldier Field as the site for a new stadium, Friends of the Park voiced its opposition to any such development, reported the Chicago-Sun Times. The nonprofit advocacy group is known for having successfully sued to block George Lucas from building a museum on the same site.

“Friends of the Parks stands firm in the role of lakefront protector as we have for many decades,” said Executive Director Juanita Irizarry. “That parcel is protected by the Illinois public trust doctrine and the City of Chicago Lakefront Protection Ordinance.”

The Bears have been on an exhaustive hunt for a new venue, meeting with Mayor Johnson and Naperville’s Mayor Scott Wehrli to discuss options, among others. For now, Friends of the Park has made it clear that the lakefront “belongs to the people” and cannot be used for new construction of any kind.

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Jasmine Kilman is Content Director of Connect Commercial Real Estate, covering Chicago and greater Chicagoland, the Midwest, Seattle, and the Pacific Northwest. She covers industry trends, transaction deals, market research, and produces daily news stories. With experience in marketing and communications for academic nonprofits and corporate clients, including Hearst Media, Hilton, and Coldwell Banker, Kilman has written about commercial real estate, environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG), technology, healthcare, and philanthropy. She was born and raised in California and graduated with a degree in public relations. In her spare time, Kilman enjoys hiking and traveling to new locations with her family.