Bears fans aren't the only ones happy football is back.
It's crunch time for workers at Olivet Nazarine University as they prepare for Bears players to report for training camp.
"We've been acting like they're going to come. The assumption is that they would be here and we're prepared," worker Tracy Curtis said. "I'm glad that's over with. The strike, the lockout. Were ready for them to play ball, and we will be ready for em when they get here."
The players are scheduled to report to work on Friday.
Bourbonnais merchants are also looking forward to the boom in business that comes with the start of camp.
"We're pretty pumped. It's great for the community and us as new business owners," says Keith Brack, owner of the new Fieldhouse Bar and Grill.
But it's not just the restaurants -- bars, hotels, gas stations and more are looking forward to thousands of fans descending on the area.