The end of the Bears' spring practices starts Chicago's summer of anticipation — is it September yet?

Chicago Tribune
The end of the Bears' spring practices starts Chicago's summer of anticipation — is it September yet?
The end of the Bears' spring practices starts Chicago's summer of anticipation — is it September yet?

When the final airhorn blared at Halas Hall on Thursday afternoon, boisterous Bears players flooded toward midfield. Spring practices, in all their T-shirt-and-shorts glory, were finished. Hallelujah. Within minutes, players scattered to all reaches of the country for their five-week break. Similar scenes transpired in most NFL cities Thursday. Meanwhile, the football junkies among us long for the season. We pine for that weekly drumbeat of pageantry, violence and drama that feeds our addiction. It's an annual dilemma, though, here in Chicago. The start of the season means the end of summer. (Or, this year, late winter.) Do you want your afternoons at Oak Street Beach? Your rounds of golf at

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