After six seasons and a 41-57 record, Dave Wannstedt's coaching tenure ends.
Ted Phillips is promoted to President and CEO, becoming the fourth in team history.
Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton dies at the age of 45. The Bears name the Halas Hall indoor facility in his honor the following off-season.
Jerry Angelo named first Bears general manager since the 1986 season
Bears win NFC Central title in the final year of the division's existence. The Bears, Packers, Lions and Vikings will move into the NFC North with the addition of the League's 32nd team, the Houston Texans. The Bears finished the 2001 season with a 13-3 mark and reached the playoffs for the first time since 1994, losing to Philadelphia 31-19 in the final game at Soldier Field
The Bears opened a new training camp home for the first time in 18 years, moving from Platteville, Wis., to the campus of Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill., just 60 miles south of Chicago. The Bears also played each of their 10 home games at Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Illinois in Champaign while the new stadium at Soldier Field was being constructed.
The Bears make their debut in the new Soldier Field against the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football, dropping a 38-23 decision to the Packers
The Bears defeat the Detroit Lions 24-16 at Soldier Field to become the first team in the NFL to win 650 games.
Dick Jauron's coaching tenure ends after five seasons and a 35-46 record.
Lovie Smith is hired as the 13th head coach in club history.
Bears won NFC North championship with 11-5 record, lost to Carolina 29-21 in playoffs.
Bears won NFC North championship with 13-3 record, defeated Seattle and New Orleans to advance to Super Bowl XLI, where they lost to Indianapolis, 29-17.
Bears won NFC North championship, defeated Seattle in playoffs, lost to Green Bay 21-14 in NFC title game..