Bears fans perfect the art of the Chicago tailgate
This Bears season is shaping up to be another losing affair, but don't tell that to the thousands of fans who tailgate before games at Soldier Field.
What's happening: The parties aren't just happening on top of the Waldron deck. Several beaches and nearby empty lots are transformed into makeshift pregame festivities.
- This includes a small strip of grass just west of Burnham Harbor, where Luke LaLonde and his dad have been hosting parties for over 20 years.
What they're saying: "We love the Bears, we love the tailgate, we love to cook for people," LaLonde tells Axios.
State of play: This isn't your standard hot dogs and burgers tailgate. LaLonde was serving grilled lamb chops when I visited, and they had lobster and filet mignon on the menu earlier in the season.
- I dug into a mesquite-barbecued kielbasa.
The bottom line: LaLonde says he usually gets down to reserve the spot by 7am on game days. "I've missed two games in 21 years because of the birth of my children," LaLonde says.
- "We'll keep tailgating till we die."
If you want to stumble past and join the party, all are welcome. But act fast; Sunday's pre-game feast will be the last in this location, because Burnham Harbor shuts down for the season at month's end.
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