NFL Plans Grant Park Celebration to Kick Off 100th Season With Bears-Packers in Chicago

The experience will be free and open to the public, rain or shine

Editor's note: NBC 5 will have continued live coverage from Buckingham Fountain throughout the day Sept. 5. Tune in live from 4-7 a.m., 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 4-630 p.m. or stream it live here

Football is back in a big way in Chicago.

Starting next week, the NFL plans to celebrate the kickoff to the league’s and the Bears’ 100th season with a “Kickoff Experience” in Grant Park.

The massive celebration, presented by EA Sports Madden NFL '20, will feature appearances by Bears legends, photo opportunities with the Vince Lombardi Trophy and all 53 Super Bowl rings.

The park will also host an NFL Kickoff Watch Party starting at 7 p.m. CT where fans can cheer on the Bears as they “take on the Packers in another historic matchup to kick off the season.”

The experience will be free and open to the public, rain or shine.

Gates open at 12 p.m. on Sept. 5 and access to the viewing areas will be first-come, first-served.

There will be a “clear bag policy” in place at the event.

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