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Bears are moving their training camp from Bourbonnais to Halas Hall, ending an 18-year run

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a man riding a skateboard up the side of a road: Bears running back Tarik Cohen walks to the field at training camp in Bourbonnais on Aug. 6, 2019. © Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune/Chicago Tribune/TNS Bears running back Tarik Cohen walks to the field at training camp in Bourbonnais on Aug. 6, 2019.

The Bears will move their entire training camp to Halas Hall in Lake Forest starting this summer, the team announced Tuesday.

The training camp schedule and more information about free public tickets for camp will be released later this spring.

The move from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais comes on the heels of a major Halas Hall expansion project, which included a 162,500-square-foot football operations addition to the existing 143,000-square-foot facility. The project created a new weight room, locker room and cafeteria for the players and new offices and conference rooms for coaches.

Another project included the addition of two new practice fields and more parking spaces, key to holding training camp traffic from fans.

“We will host training camp practices at Halas Hall in 2020, while maintaining a public component to many of the sessions to incorporate our loyal and passionate fans,” Bears President and CEO Ted Phillips said in a statement.

“Olivet Nazarene University continues to be a valued and committed partner, but with the recent investment in our campus expansion and state-of-the-art facilities in Lake Forest, we feel it is important to stay home for training camp. We would like to thank Olivet Nazarene University, including President John Bowling, and the Bourbonnais community for their 18 years of partnership and hospitality.”

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