Dec. 23, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Chicago Bears fans cheer during the second half against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Bears beat the Cardinals 28-13. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears Fans Warned to Bundle Up for Brutally Cold Monday Night Game

Week 14 has been highlighted so far by some wild weather and that’s how it’s expected to finish up on Monday night, as the Chicago Bears play host to the Dallas Cowboys on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.  It’s going to be an interesting weather night in Chicago:

A statement from the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications could be especially prudent for those hardy enough to show up Monday night at Soldier Field, where the Bears will take on the Dallas Cowboys at 7:40 p.m.

Forecast for kickoff is 16 degrees, with northwest winds from 12-24 mph, according to OEMC.

Soldier Field will be enforcing the NFL’s new bag policy, so be sure to bring any cold weather gear in an NFL approved clear plastic bag.  Extra layers and blankets will be allowed but must be either worn or packed into the aforementioned bags.  Soldier Field will be setting up warming centers  throughout the stadium, so if you’re headed to the game, try to find one of them and ditch the beers for some hot chocolate.

The Bears are retiring Mike Ditka’s #89 during a halftime ceremony.  If the Bears can’t keep it close with the Cowboys, expect the stands to thin out rapidly after halftime.

The last time the Bears played at Soldier Field, they had to evacuate the stadium for a two hour weather delay as severe storms ripped through Illinois, with tornadoes touching down downstate.

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  • Michael Praser

    The beer will just freeze anyway. Like Han Solo’s tauntaun in Empire Strikes Back, except you can’t cut open your beer and warm up inside.

  • Be GreenMan

    It’s a safe bet that the Bears vs Packers game on the 29th will be cold as well. There are warm getups that make you stand out in the crowd and show your support for da Bears…..for instance, check out the bear coats at