Monica Murphy

#DoubleCheckDaBears®

#DoubleCheckDaBears®

Sure, cialis the Bears’ season may be as finished as your “no drinking on weekdays during the holidays” policy – over before it ever really began with zero chance of surviving – but, discount a free pair of tickets and sideline passes to the Monday Night Saints game still sounds pretty amazing, regardless of how disgruntled you may be. Here’s how you can win a set of tickets and sideline passes to the New Orleans Saints vs. Bears Monday Night Football matchup on December 15th in addition to some serious Bears schwag, courtesy of State Farm.

Time to put those sick Tweeting skills and your impressive Bears knowledge to work! State Farm has partnered with the Bears to create a city-wide scavenger hunt on Twitter that challenges fans to “double check” their knowledge of their team and Chicago neighborhoods.  Get it? Discount Double Check? BTW – have you seen the new spot with Hans & Franz and Rodgers? #hilarious

What you need to do: First, head over to Twitter and follow State Farm @StateFarm. Then, on Monday morning, December 15th, between 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CT, be on the look out for clues from @StateFarm on two different Chicago neighborhood locations where prizes will be waiting for lucky fans. The first fan to find the State Farm brand ambassadors outside local landmarks provided within the clues will win the Grand Prize: two tickets to the #NOvsCHI game that night including two sideline passes and two Bears t-shirts. Two Grand Prizes will be given away on Monday morning – one at each location. Other prizing will be available to fans who may arrive on the scene late, including Bears jerseys and merchandise. Be sure to follow the #DoubleCheckDaBears hashtag for specific scavenger hunt information and more details.

Good luck, see you on the scavenger hunt, and GO BEARS!

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No better place to hang with a friend.

No better place to hang with a friend.

Let me begin by stating the obvious: it’s been a rough season for Bears fans. Actually, recipe let me rephrase that…it’s been a rough few seasons for Bears fans. Between the playoff drought, for sale the rotating coaches and coordinators, clinic and suffering through four years of an alleged ‘franchise quarterback’ that has yet to bloom, Bears fans have hit a rough patch.

Like all other Bears fans this season, I’m in a state of disbelief and disgust, as the Bears currently sit at 4-6, tied for last place in the NFC North, with an unforgiving schedule remaining. I’m convinced that this season is pretty much shot and that coaching changes are likely imminent this off-season. The recent chatter around the creative ways the Bears could unload Jay Cutler this offseason, have me giddy. But despite the Bears inability to connect offensively or to stop any sort of running game, I still faithfully follow along, consuming Bears information each day.

Regardless of how poor the Bears may be playing or how dim their post season hopes make look, one thing remains consistent, year after year: the Solder Field experience.

A $8.00 domestic beer in a plastic cup never tasted so good.

A $8.00 domestic beer in a plastic cup never tasted so good.

I’ve been blessed to have attended dozens of Bears games throughout the last 15 years, thanks in part to my previous jobs at ESPN and Comcast. Previous games usually included entertaining clients, which limited just how rowdy I could get, but always guaranteed a free ticket to the game – something I undervalued until now.

I’ve moved on from my days of selling sports media to another equally amazing job – but now I have to pay like everybody else, which certainly has put a limit to the number of Bears games I hit each season.

I used to scour the internet for the best ticket deals I could get my hands on. But recently I came across Vivid Seats, a full-service ticket marketplace that is located right here in Chicago.

50-yard line:  worth every penny.

50-yard line: worth every penny.

I’ve price compared Bears tickets across multiple sites, and Vivid Seats continuously has the best deals. Not only do they guarantee the lowest prices, but you can build a Bears Ultimate Fan Package around the game. This comes in handy when you have friends or family coming to town who are looking for the VIP experience and you are willing to splurge. Options include a hotel room at the Wit, VIP tailgate experience prior to the game, beverage and food package at the United Club and even VIP transportation to and from Soldier Field – worth every penny come sub-par temps and being able to avoid the post-game rush.

As an official Bears partner, Vivid Seats guarantees every part of their VIP Bears packages – from the legitimacy of the tickets, to the on-the-field access (yep, that’s an option too!). And Bears tickets is just one of thousands of options available at Vivid Seats. They carry tickets for every major league team as well as all of the hottest concerts and local events (I snagged some great seats at AllState two weeks ago for the Ringling Brothers Circus for 20% cheaper than StubHub was selling them).

The best view in the house. Photo credit: Elizabeth Stanton

The best view in the house. Photo credit: Elizabeth Stanton

So when I realized that my time was running out to get to a Bears game this season, before kick-off temps were consistently in the teens and the Bears had absolutely nothing left to play for, of course I turned to Vivid Seats for a pair of tickets to last Sunday’s meeting with the Vikings.

My side-kick on Sunday was my good friend Liz, who hadn’t been to a Bears game since she was a kid (yes, I was shocked as well), so we took the extra time to cruise the perimeter of stadium, observing the massive columns of the original Soldier Field, while admiring some of the more interesting looks and sounds on game day.

Our favorite couple of the day. Photo credit: Elizabeth Stanton

Our favorite couple of the day. Photo credit: Elizabeth Stanton

Despite the Bears current situation, the energy of the fans at Soldier Field prior to kick-off was upbeat and positive. It certainly helped that the Bears were able to come back from being down 0-3 in the first with the most consistent performance by Cutler and the offense since that far-away 49ers win early in the season. It’s incredible how different the energy inside Soldier Field is when the Bears are winning and putting on a performance that fans can feel good about.

The Forte fans were in full force. Photo credit: Elizabeth Stanton

The Forte fans were in full force. Photo credit: Elizabeth Stanton

A few beers and a brawt into the game, our body temps evened out as we watched Cutler connect with Jeffery and Marshall for 3 TDs (despite 2 INTs) as light snow fell, stadium clocks failed, and local veterans were honored on the field at halftime. We enjoyed a competitive game surrounded by grateful fans who above all things, like us, just seemed happy to be there, on a Sunday afternoon, enjoying the game they love and the team they just can’t give up on, no matter how rough the season gets.

Old School.  Photo credit: Elizabeth Stanton

Old School. Photo credit: Elizabeth Stanton

As for me, I probably won’t be going to any more games at Soldier Field this season. Now that I have to shell out the cash for tickets, I’ll hold off for Hawks or Bulls games in January and February, but I’m so glad that I got my Soldier Field experience in this year. I feel complete, as if my trip to Soldier Field for the Vikings game in some way helped serve my duty as a Bears fan and as a Chicagoan. I’ll now anguish through the rest of the Bears season as a spectator on my warm couch, in the comfort of my own home – that is, until someone calls with United Club seats.

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for sale Greg Cochrane” alt=”Chicago Fire Defender, look Greg Cochrane” src=”http://sportsdivasinc.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/233A3840-1024×683.jpeg” width=”467″ height=”311″ /> Chicago Fire Defender, Greg Cochrane strikes a pose on the runway. Photo credit: Elizabeth Stanton

The Chicago Fire hosted their 2nd annual Soccer & Style Fashion Show last week at Revel downtown, proving once again that these footballers are just as well-footed off the field as they are on.

With proceeds benefitting the Chicago Fire Foundation, the second year event drew Fire fans, family, friends, socialites and fashion admirers alike, providing an evening of sophistication, fashion and sport like no other event in Chicago.

Elizabeth Stanton and I had the opportunity to attend this year and arrived about 20 minutes before the players took the stage. Upon arriving, we immediately grabbed two glasses of wine from the open bar and cruised the perimeter of the venue, visiting several vendor booths that included designer eyewear and hats.

Chicago Fire Fashion Show

Midfielder Benji Joya. Photo Credit: Elizabeth Stanton

One of my favorite local news personalities, Natalie Bomke took the stage as the emcee and welcomed the crowd that included a solid mix of men and women and a few bonafide fashionistas. Attendees sat in chairs lined up against the catwalk that was appropriately placed in the middle of the event space.

One by one players and coaches emerged from a back room behind the stage and each took their turn walking the runway in looks by Mens Warehouse, featuring Joseph Aboud, fashion-forward street and athletic wear by Bumpy Pitch and Chi Boys, eyewear trends by Eye Candy Optics, and hats from BlaQ ZinQ, the luxury headwear brand created by Fire forward Robert Earnshaw.

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Forward Robert Earnshaw. Photo Credit: Elizabeth Stanton

While some of the ballers were better cat-walkers than others, each player and coach had their own sense of style as they took their turn posing for fans and snapping cameras as the DJ pumped out great beats and kept the crowd engaged.

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Forward Quincy Amarikwa. Photo Credit: Elizabeth Stanton

My only issue with the program this year was that the players were not announced prior to taking the stage and there was no mention to what they were specifically wearing. The event could have been more engaging if each player had been introduced, including his position – and perhaps an interesting anecdote or two (…resides in the UK in the off-season…enjoys cooking in his spare time, etc.) as well as what exactly he was wearing. This was a missed opportunity to market the players, and the clothing, to a diverse group that may not be attending games on a regular basis.

Overall, it was another successful event for the Fire, providing fans an opportunity to see players in a different light and enjoy a night of sport and fashion in an intimate setting. While the Fire may not have had the season they had hoped for, they still know how to bring their A-game for lifestyle-focused events that fans have come to love and expect from the sophisticated and international team.

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2013 Chicago Fire Soccer & Style Fashion Show

2013 Chicago Fire Soccer & Style Fashion Show at The Roof

Hot Event Alert: Round up the gals now for the Chicago Fire’s second annual Soccer & Style Fashion Show on Thursday, site September 25th at Revel. Whether your pals are the football loving kind or not, this must-hit event is perfect for any smart woman who appreciates fashion with a dose of charity. For Chicago Fire lady fans, there is no better way to get an up-close-and-personal look at some of the team’s favorite, model-material players and coaches as they walk the run way for charity to benefit the Chicago Fire Foundation.

The event will be held on Thursday, September 25th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. CT at Revel event space on Randolph (440 West Randolph Avenue).

Tickets start at $50 for general admission and include complimentary cocktails. A $75 VIP ticket is available that includes front row seating, three drink tickets and a gift. The fashion show will be emceed by local media personality and Good Day Chicago Anchor Natalie Bomke. Purchase tickets HERE.

Chicago Fire Soccer & Style Fashion Show

I had the chance to attend last year’s Soccer & Style Fashion Show at The Roof, read my full review HERE. Although the venue has changed this year, I expect a similar atmosphere of high energy, great beats, gorgeous crowd, impressive fashion and serious eye candy.

Players and coaches will walk the runway in some of the hottest looks of the season including Vera Wang tuxedos, Calvin Klein and Joseph Abboud for the Men’s Warehouse, fashion-forward street and athletic wear by Bumpy Pitch and Chi Boys, eyewear trends by Eye Candy Optics, and hats from BlaQ ZinQ, the luxury headwear brand created by Fire forward Robert Earnshaw.

2013 Chicago Fire Fashion Show

2013 Chicago Fire Fashion Show

While we love all our Chicago teams, the Fire just seem to get it right when it comes to throwing events. From their Art of Futbol event this spring, to the legendary White Party each summer, to their annual Fashion Show, the Fire know how to throw a party with class and style.

Can’t make it to the fashion show on Thursday? The Chicago Fire’s season ends on October 24th, get out to Toyota Park today before it’s too late – view the Fire’s remaining schedule and search for tickets HERE.

The Fire have had a rough season, one that has been filled with too many tied games and not enough wins. They currently sit in 9th place in the Eastern Conference with 30 points, 17 points behind conference leaders, D.C. United. But as with all of our Chicago teams, losing seasons don’t keep us from supporting the team on and off the filed.

2013 Chicago Fire Fashion Show

2013 Chicago Fire Fashion Show

Personally, I can’t think of a better way to support the Fire at the end of a lackluster season than watching them strut their impressive stuff down the runway while sipping cocktails. See you on Thursday.

For more information, please visit www.chicago-fire.com.

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As expected, our Chicago summer has been a mix of steamy, sunny days followed by a chilly, overcast one that barely sees 70 degrees. This inconsistent pattern of bizarre weather is nothing new for us, in fact, it just reminds us of how resilient we Chicagoans are when it comes to crummy weather.

Out of necessity, the art of layering has become second-nature to us Chicagoans, as you never really know what you are going to get within a week’s span. Added to this unpredictability is the fact that temps can swing by 10 degrees down by the lake, and no one – I repeat NO ONE (not even Tom Skilling) can predict the weather four days out.

Sky Blue 69' Bear Tank Top by 5th & Ocean, Clark Street Sports: $24.99

Sky Blue 69′ Bear Tank Top by 5th & Ocean, Clark Street Sports: $24.99

I’m convinced we’ve missed our window of hot, sweaty weather this summer. Personally, I love the heat,  those 93+ temp days that make some miserable, make me swoon. Very rarely do we deal with summer heat, that when it comes, I welcome it with open, sweaty pitted-arms, knowing that in just a few short months, we’ll be suffering through another cruel Chicago winter.

Nike Chicago Cubs Women’s Tri-Blend Loose Fit Racerback Tank – Fanatics.com  $29.95

Neon Orange Crawl Bear Tank Top by 5th & Ocean, Clark Street Sports: $25.00

Neon Orange Crawl Bear Tank Top by 5th & Ocean, Clark Street Sports: $25.00

Red Tank Top with Batterman Logo by 5th & Ocean, Clark Street Sports: $24.99

Red Tank Top with Batterman Logo by 5th & Ocean, Clark Street Sports: $24.99

Blank Tank Top with Distressed Primary Logo by 5th & Ocean, Clark Street Sports: $24.99

Blank Tank Top with Distressed Primary Logo by 5th & Ocean, Clark Street Sports: $24.99

But for gals like me that love tanks, this wardrobe staple has become a year-round wardrobe rotation. A team tank is an ideal way to show your team pride without having to dominate your entire look. Tanks can easily be worn under just about anything, from a office-friendly blazer, to your favorite fitted flannel, to that chunky, cable button-up sweater that gets you through the winter. Consider these your go-to undergarments for the colder weather ahead and take a tip from one of our last posts, Layering Like a Pro.

White Tank Top with Distressed Batterman Logo by 5th & Ocean, Clark Street Sports: $24.99

White Tank Top with Distressed Batterman Logo by 5th & Ocean, Clark Street Sports: $24.99

Chicago Bears Women's Navy Retro Racerback Tank Top by G-III, Clark Street Sports: $24.99

Chicago Bears Women’s Navy Retro Racerback Tank Top by G-III, Clark Street Sports: $24.99

The Bears 2014 season is less than three weeks away (wa….what???!). Now is the time to invest in a few key tanks to work into the fall, before the best pieces are picked over at local retailers. I love this retro inspired one (above) from Clark Street Sports. The font is catchy and the simple colors (without any heather grey) works with jeans, white pants, and the fitted white blazer that you are scrambling to work into some kind of look before LDW.

Chicago Bears Women's Grey Slit-Neck Racerback Tank Top by G-III, Clark Street Sports: $29.99

Chicago Bears Women’s Grey Slit-Neck Racerback Tank Top by G-III, Clark Street Sports: $29.99

Women's Streaky Red Vintage Logo Triblend Tank Top by Retro Brand, Clark Street Sports: $30.00

Women’s Streaky Red Vintage Logo Triblend Tank Top by Retro Brand, Clark Street Sports: $30.00

Mark these dates: The Blackhawks begin their season on Thursday, October 9th in Dallas and the Bulls begin on Wednesday, October 29th in New York. Don’t wait for the others to dig out the Bulls and Hawks gear, work your gear in early with one of these versatile and timeless tanks from Clark Street Sports.

Women's Ribbed White Distressed Logo Tank Top, Clark Street Sports: $24.99

Women’s Ribbed White Distressed Logo Tank Top, Clark Street Sports: $24.99

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Fans of all ages at 2013 Ladies Day at Bears Training Camp

Fans at 2013 Ladies Day at Bears Training Camp

It’s a big week for Bears fans as the excitement, doctor anticipation and non-stop media coverage of the upcoming season officially begins this Friday, July 25th when the Bears begin practicing in Bourbonnais at Training Camp.

From July 25th – August 12th the team will host the 2014 RC Cola Bears Training Camp presented by Chase. The open-to-the-public free practices are hosted at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois, located 60 minutes outside of Chicago. Fans of all ages come out to the small, suburban university to get a look at their favorite players and take in the activities and themed events hosted during the three week window leading up to the 2014 NFL preseason.

In addition to other themed days including Armed Forces Day and Vamos Bears Dia, the team hosts a Ladies Day for women of all ages to attend. On Wednesday, July 30th women are specifically invited out to enjoy a day at Training Camp designed with the female Bears fan’s ‘girly’ needs in mind. An on-site salon and spa services are available to attendees as well as a summer hair styling session, giveaways and more.

SDI attended last year for the opportunity to talk to other female fans and get their input on the upcoming season. Check out our video above to see who we got on camera. This event is a fun and affordable way to get a first look at the team in a relaxed setting, stroll the grounds and enjoy the food vendors, inflatable play area for the kids, and meet other passionate fans.

Players are often available for autographs during Training Camp so bring the memorabilia and have the kids ready to push through the crowds of other fans to get the token autograph from members of the team.

If getting to Soldier Field for a regular season game is not always a viable option, Ladies Day at Bears Training Camp is a fun day to grab your friends, bring the kids and get your Bears fix for free while enjoying the outdoor activities and soaking in all of the excitement around the upcoming season.

For more information, visit www.ChicagoBears.com/events

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