Lightfoot floats idea of $2.2 billion dome over Soldier Field

Mayor Lori Lightfoot offered Monday to put a dome on Soldier Field, at a potential cost of $2.2 billion, in a desperate attempt to keep the Bears in Chicago or save face if they leave for Arlington Heights.

A portion of the cost would be paid for by selling naming rights "in a way that respects Soldier Field's legacy as a war memorial by keeping Soldier in the name of the facility," as the working group charged with "re-imagining" the museum campus suggested in its 50-page report. But key details about how the money would be raised were not revealed.

Reached Monday by the Daily Herald, Arlington Heights Mayor Tom Hayes was undeterred. "All I can say is reiterating what the Bears have said - both George (McCaskey) and Ted Phillips - that they are singularly focused on redeveloping the Arlington Park site, and I can't say it any clearer from that, and that's coming from the horse's mouth, so to speak."

Full report at Chicago Sun-Times.

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