This promises to be the biggest football weekend until training camp convenes in late July.
The Bears have renamed their fan convention the Bears Expo and moved it from the Hilton and Towers to Soldier Field.
It takes place Saturday and Sunday and offers fans some new opportunities, including the chance to tour the home locker room, kick a field goal and run through drills on the field.
More than 55 current and former players are scheduled to attend, including the entire 2008 draft class, Hall of Famers Gale Sayers and Mike Singletary, Super Bowl XX MVP RIchard Dent, and current players with Pro Bowl experience including Marty Booker, Lance Briggs, Robbie Gould, Tommie Harris and Nathan Vasher.
The popular Q&A session with general manager Jerry Angelo, coach Lovie Smith and president Ted Phillips will be Saturday morning at 11. As always, there will be extensive autograph sessions and more. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and may be purchased on a walk-up basis. Walk-up tickets are cash only and are available at Soldier Field Gate 10. Adult weekend passes are $50. Kids weekend passes are $20. Saturday only is $35 and Sunday only is $25. For more information, check right here.
Bears Expo isn’t the only game in town. Former Pro Bowl guard Ruben Brown is holding his third annual motorcycle ride. Fans at the Bears Expo can double dip on Saturday and join a VIP yacht cruise aboard the Anita Dee, leaving Navy Pier at 1 p.m. All the information on the weekend’s festivities, including the VIP yacht party, bike ride and after party is available here. Proceeds will benefit the Salvation Army.
Brown has held a motorcycle run in Buffalo since 2001 that is still going strong but didn’t know if he’d continue here after his contract expired.
“I kept getting calls from all over,” he said Monday. “Can you do the run? Will you do the run? Everyone wanted me to do it, so we’re going to. It’s kind of cool. I was nervous at first because I didn’t know if anyone would want to show up because I’m not on the team anymore. But Olin [Kreutz] called and asked what we needed, the whole line s showing up. [Brian] Urlacher called and asked what’s up, what could he do. [Devin] Hester called.
"We’re doing it. It's going to be a great time and it's for a great cause."
The Inside the Bears staff will be taking some time off. We'll be back in the swing of things come Bourbonnais.