February 3, 2007

Chicago Revels in Bears' First Super Bowl Visit in a Generation

Feb. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Elsa Gonzalez lived her life waiting for the Chicago Bears to make the Super Bowl. She listened as a toddler, then as a teen and now as a 21-year-old to tales of the 1986 Bears team that won the title game. Her wait is over.

``We're really excited after all this time waiting for it because Chicago hasn't been lucky,'' says Gonzalez, a resident of Chicago's North Side. At work as a clerk at the Long Grove Confectionary Co. on Madison Street, she's set up countertop collages of Bears photos alongside cookies emblazoned with the words ``Go Bears!''

Chicago is celebrating on the eve of Super Bowl weekend, donning jerseys, hanging banners and dusting off souvenirs from an earlier era. The third-largest U.S. city is making the most of the Bears' appearance against the Indianapolis Colts on Feb. 4 in Miami, knowing it may be the last chance in a generation.

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