Built on the tradition of a legacy.
The Chicago Bears moved into Halas Hall at Conway Park on March 3, 1997. The 38-acre complex is located in Lake Forest off Route 60 just east of the Tri-State Tollway, approximately four miles from the former Halas Hall. The building is dedicated to Bears founder and former player, coach, president and owner George Halas. The original Halas Hall, on the Lake Forest College campus, was dedicated by Halas in the name of his son, Mugs, in 1979.
The complex underwent a construction project following the 2012 season to expand and upgrade the Bears headquarters to enhance the football and business operations while providing new opportunities and experiences for fans visiting the team facility.
The upgrade increased the 100,000-square facility with an additional 43,500-square feet of working space to accompany 2 1/2 outdoor practice fields, surrounded by a jogging path. One of the two 100-yard outdoor fields is equipped with 14 miles of underground heating tubes, enabling the grass to remain soft and growing into early winter, as well as five miles of drain tubing that can capture and disperse nine inches of rainfall per hour and 2.5 miles of cooling pipes for the grass roots.
Halas Hall sits on 38 acres of land on an open prairie surrounded by open lands and wetlands. Because of the openness the architect chose to design a facility with features similar to a Frank Lloyd Wright design.
The construction of 2013 expanded the weight room by 35% from 7,000- to 8,500-square feet. The glass wall is 28' high and during the Fall may be one of the more breathtaking views from the facility.
The training room areas are some of the largest in the NFL. It consists of a main area, a doctor's office, an X-ray room, a medical records storage room, a casting room, and a hydrotherapy area. The hydrotherapy area is home to a 12-person whirlpool, an 8-person cold dip plunge, a 10-person steam room, and an 8-person sauna. The cold dip plunge is maintained at 65-68 degrees and allows a person to submerge up to their shoulders to help muscle cramps and soreness.
The state-of-the-art PNC Center at Halas Hall can accommodate multiple functions, including dining for 120, business meetings for 150, and parties for 200. The adjacent 4,000-square foot broadcast studio opens to the Event Center through the use of a 40' wide x 14' high operable folding door, allowing audiences to view live Chicago Bears Network productions. A radio studio and Blue Room for talent are located near the Event Center.
The two-level entryway to the PNC Center at Halas Hall features interactive digital displays, video monitors and memorabilia, including some never-before featured pieces of Bears history such as the 1963 NFL championship trophy.
The team's indoor practice facility, the Walter Payton Center, was renovated during the summer of 2005. The WPC is a rigid structure, opposed to the inflated "bubble" the team used from 1990-96, and includes a full 100-yard field. The structure is 85 feet high, 200 feet wide, and 400 feet long. The renovation included removal of the existing fabric roof and cladding on the outside of the building, replacement of the end walls and installation of a new, state-of-the-art synthetic turf and two-lane running track. A new heating and de-humidification system was also installed.
Located south of Halas Hall, the Ed McCaskey Memorial Garden is a beautifully landscaped, clover-leaf-shaped garden bordered by a 30" stone seat wall and piers. A winding gravel road from Halas Hall leads to the opening of the garden where a variety of trees, shrubs, and perennials have been planted. The construction of the Ed McCaskey Memorial Garden was completed in June, 2005.
In 2015, the Bears unveiled a statue of George Halas during a private ceremony just outside Halas Hall, the team's training facility that's named after the legendary Hall of Famer.
The statue was created by sculptor Chad Fisher out of white bronze. It weighs 1,600 pounds, stands 8'8" on a granite base and features Halas with his right arm extended pointing his index finger, presumably leading his team into battle. The base of the statue lists the various roles Halas filled with the Bears: Founder, Player, Coach, and Owner.
The entryway to Halas Hall featuring the iconic "C" logo on a portico.
A view of Halas Hall from the east side of the building.
The Clyde Emrich Weight Room.
The event center overlooking the broadcasting studio.
The main entrance inside the Walter Payton Center.
The Ed McCaskey Memorial Garden
The statue of George S. Halas outside of Halas Hall.
• Dedicated to "Papa Bear" George Halas, the Bears moved into the team's current training facility on March 3, 1997.
• A 2013 renovation added 43,350 square feet to the original 100,000 square foot building while remodeling 29,000 square feet of the existing space.
• Nearly 50 architects, engineers and designers worked on the project. Over 600 craftsmen were on-site at some point during the construction process.
• Halas Hall carries on the tradition of the Rookie Locker Room, which is located in the basement. A rookie, whether a first-round draft choice, the biggest name in the draft or a free agent, starts at the bottom and must earn his way up to the veteran's locker room by making the team.
• The facility has a two-lane pool. The lanes are 60' long (regulation size) with one lane powered with a resistant current jet built into it. Players can place a harness around themselves and set the current to any level they want.
• There are two full-size natural grass football fields and one 60-yard field. The field closest to the building has a state-of-the-art heating system consisting of fourteen miles of tubing laid 6-8" below the surface. The field is on six zones which allow for portions of the field in the shade to be heated while the sections in the sun are not.
• The west side of the building is constructed of concrete panels made by laying rough sawn cedar in the casting beds. When the panels dried the cedar was stripped from the concrete thus giving the panels the board formed or "wood look".
• The east side of the building replaced 83,000 linear feet of original cedar siding with a zinc product that has a life span of over 50 years. Because zinc takes one quarter of the energy that aluminum siding requires to produce, it is much friendlier to the environment.
• Materials previously not used at Halas have been introduced, including terrazzo, stainless steel, glass stairs and flooring, and unusual wood species.
• Green and sustainable design was utilized throughout the new additions. The roofing system is designed to reflect sun light away from the building, saving energy. The exterior walls are 40% more insulated than the original walls.
• Bears-themed displays are installed throughout the building including tributes to George Halas, Hall of Fame Bears, Retired Numbers, Championship Trophies and more.
• There are four conference rooms: Wrigley, Ralph Brizzolara, who took over the team after George Halas departed for World War II, Red Grange, and Bronko Nagurski.