The Bears file paperwork to begin demolition of Arlington Park

The time has come.  Build it in the suburbs and hopefully they will come.

From today’s Daily Herald

The Chicago Bears filed paperwork at Arlington Heights village hall Wednesday to begin the demolition of structures at Arlington Park, team officials confirmed.

That includes the stately six-story grandstand with cantilevered roof built by Dick Duchossois after the 1985 fire that devastated the old building.

The teardown could begin in just days or weeks, as soon as the village’s building and life safety department approves the permit.

Despite the expected presence of construction equipment on the 326-acre site, Bears officials reiterated they’re not yet moving forward with their full-scale redevelopment vision — from shuttered racetrack site into a domed stadium and mixed-use entertainment complex.

Ed Sullivan, a former Republican state representative from Mundelein and former Fremont Township assessor, told the Daily Herald in March that it only makes financial sense that the Bears would tear down the grandstand because of the tax implications.

Read the full story in the Daily Herald.