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Bears announce training camp schedule, including 11 practices open to public

Fans can apply to attend on July 7

The Bears will host fans at Halas Hall in Lake Forest for 11 training camp practices in July and August. The team announced the full training camp schedule Tuesday morning.

This will be the third year in a row that the Bears will hold training camp at their renovated practice facility in the north suburbs. The organization held training camp in Bourbonnais the previous 18 years before 2020.

Players will report to camp July 26, and the first practice will be held July 27.

For the 11 practices that are open to the public, tickets are free. They will become available at 10 a.m. July 7 on the Bears’ team website. This is a change from last year, when fans needed to enter a lottery to obtain tickets.

Last year, the team had a capacity of about 1,000 fans a day. Fans can sit in temporary bleachers around the practice fields or stand in certain roped-off areas. Fans cannot park at Halas Hall. Instead, there is parking available at Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills and shuttle buses to Halas Hall. Ride share or guest drop-off is not permitted at Halas Hall.

The team will host its annual family fest Aug. 9 at Soldier Field. Information for tickets to that event will be available at a future date, the team said.

The NFL’s deadline to cut rosters down to 53 players is Aug. 30. The Bears’ last training camp practice is Sept. 1.

Sean Hammond

Sean Hammond

Sean is the Chicago Bears beat reporter for Shaw Media. He also contributes to high school football coverage at Friday Night Drive. Sean has covered various sports at the amateur, college and professional levels since 2012. He joined Shaw Media in 2016.