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The team played home games at Wrigley Field on Chicago's North Side through the 1970 season; they now play at Soldier Field on the Near South Side, next to Lake Michigan.

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In 1924 the Bears claimed the Championship after defeating the Cleveland Bulldogs on December 7, even putting the title "World's Champions" on their 1924 team photo.

But the NFL had ruled that games after November 30 did not count towards league standings, and the Bears had to settle for second place behind Cleveland. During the 1920s the club was responsible for triggering the NFL's long-standing rule that a player could not be signed until his college's senior class had graduated.

The team moved into Wrigley Field, which was home to the Chicago Cubs baseball franchise.

As with several early NFL franchises, the Bears derived their nickname from their city's baseball team (some directly, some indirectly – like the Bears, whose young are called "cubs").

Any hopes that Grange would lead the Bears to glory in 1926 were quickly dashed.

A failed contract talk led to Grange bolting to the AFL's New York Yankees, owned by Pyle.The Chicago Bears are a professional American football team based in Chicago, Illinois.The Bears compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's National Football Conference (NFC) North division.Full control of the team was turned over to Halas and Sternaman in 1921.The team relocated to Chicago in 1921, where the club was renamed the Chicago Staleys.The NFL took that action as a consequence of the Bears' aggressive signing of famous University of Illinois player Red Grange within a day of his final game as a collegian.

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