Current events: Tornadoes, severe weather strike Chicago, central Illinois

Servere storms forced Soldier Field to evacuate fans during Sunday's Chicago Bears game. Photo from nydailynews.com

Servere storms forced Soldier Field to evacuate fans during Sunday’s Chicago Bears game.
Photo from nydailynews.com

Please note that the following facts may change as more news becomes available.

Chicago really was the “Windy City” today when a surprise string of severe storms battered the city and produced multiple tornados which destroyed several central Illinois towns.

If you were watching football during today’s weather madness, you probably saw that the Chicago Bears and the Baltimore Ravens at Soldier Field had been suspended due to massive storms approaching the Chicago area. The stands were then temporarily evacuated due to the severity of the incoming storm.

Weather conditions became so extreme that Bears’ game day blogger Larry Mayer said, “sheets of rain [were] coming down,” and “it [looked] like midnight instead of noon.”

This monstrous November storm spawned about 10 tornadoes throughout the state of Illinois, according to NBC Chicago. The Weather Channel expects this deadly storm to move east, putting cities such as Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Detroit, Cleveland and Louisville, Ky. at risk. Continue reading

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Must see Monday: Soldier Field

Football season is in full swing, and if you’re looking for a game to attend in Chicago, make sure to catch a Chicago Bears

Soldier Field is a historic landmark, as well as home to the Chicago Bears Photo from marriot.com

Soldier Field is a historic landmark, as well as home to the Chicago Bears
Photo from marriot.com

game at Soldier Field.

Located just off Lake Michigan, Soldier Field has been the home of the Bears since 1971, according to the Bears website. The previous 50 football seasons were spent at Wrigley Field.

Soldier Field first opened in 1924, and was then known as Municipal Grant Park Stadium. The stadium website states that the first game ever played there was a college football game as Notre Dame defeated Northwestern, 13-6 and was played in front of a sold-out crowd of roughly 45,000 people. Continue reading