The Chicago Bears are a professional American football team based in Chicago, Illinois. They are members of the NFC North Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The team is legally and corporately registered as Chicago Bears Football Club, Incorporated. The Bears have won nine Professional American Football league championships (eight NFL Championships and Super Bowl XX). The Bears have the most enshrinees in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, with 26 members. The Bears have also recorded more regular season and overall victories than any other NFL franchise. The franchise recorded their 700th win on December 7, 2008.
The club was founded in Decatur, Illinois, in 1919, and moved to Chicago in 1921. Along with the Arizona Cardinals (also originally from Chicago), it is one of only two remaining extant franchises since the NFL's founding. The team played home games at Wrigley Field on Chicago's North Side through the 1970 season. With the exception of the 2002 season, they have played their home games at Chicago's Soldier Field every year since 1971. The stadium is located next to Lake Michigan, and was recently remodeled in a modernization intended to update stadium amenities while preserving a historic Chicago structure. The team has a fierce, long-standing rivalry with the Green Bay Packers, whom they have played more than 170 times. The current record between the two franchises is 91-81-5 in favor of the Bears as of 9/14/2009.
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National Football League (1920–present)
|Team colors||Dark Navy, Orange, White|
|Fight song||"Bear Down, Chicago Bears"|
|Mascot||Staley Da Bear|
|Owner(s)||Virginia Halas McCaskey|
|General manager||Jerry Angelo|
|Head coach||Lovie Smith|
|League championships (9)|
|Conference championships (4)|
|Division championships (17)|
|Playoff appearances (24)|