City Officials, Citizens Celebrate Soldier Field Rededication

Mayor Richard M. Daley, Chicago Park District General Superintendent David Doig, Chicago Bears President Ted Phillips and a host of military, veterans and civic leaders rounded out the cast to officially rededicate newly renovated Soldier Field. In a festive ceremony, which included military flyovers, fireworks and skydiving, the new stadium’s doors at famous Gate O were opened to the public for the very first time since construction began in 2001.

Several thousand Chicago residents and visitors gathered around the stadium at Gate O to witness the rededication of the city’s largest public works project in recent history. To pay homage to those who fought in our nation’s wars, the ceremony included remarks and displays by veterans and distinguished military units.

In his remarks, Mayor Daley noted that Soldier Field “is part of a much larger plan to add valuable new park land to our city’s lakefront, so that more of our residents and visitors can appreciate the beauty of our city. This park enhances Chicago’s great lakefront museums, making them even more attractive and accessible to our residents and our millions of visitors. No other city has anything like our museum campus, and now it’s more inviting than ever.”

Daley congratulated the construction team: Hoffman Management Partners, LLC, the construction manager; Turner/ Barton Malow/Kenny Construction, the contractor; Wood + Zapata, the chief architects; Lohan Caprile Goettsch, the architectural planers; Peter Lindsay Schaudt Architecture, Inc., the landscape architect; and Thorton Thomasetti Engineers, the structural engineers.

More than 30 percent of contracts available for bid in the Lakefront Redevelopment Project went to minority companies and nearly 7 percent went to women-owned businesses, well over the required goal of 25/5.

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