The Chicago Bears are a professional American football team based in Chicago, Illinois and are currently members of the Northern Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The Bears have won nine American Football championships (eight NFL Championships and the Super Bowl XX) trailing only the Green Bay Packers, who have twelve.
The club was founded in Decatur, Illinois in 1919 and moved to Chicago in 1921. From 1971 to the present, save for the 2002 season, the team has played its home games at Soldier Field in Chicago. The stadium is located next to Lake Michigan and was recently remodelled in a controversial modernization that has attempted to bring stadium amenities expected by today's fans to a historic Chicago building.
The team also has a fierce, long-standing rivalry with the Packers, with whom they have played over one hundred seventy games.
The club has played in over a thousand games since becoming a charter member of the NFL in 1920. Through the 2005 season, they lead the NFL in overall franchise wins with 671 and have an overall record of 671–495–42.