Not since the mid 80's have football spirits been this high in the Windy City.
Bears fans everywhere are finally excited about the possibility of fielding one of the most dynamic offensive groups in the NFC.
Since acquiring franchise quarterback Jay Cutler in a 2009 blockbuster trade with the Denver Broncos, the Bears have not had the necessary wideout weapons to complement their coveted big-armed, gun-slinging signal caller.
That is until early March 2012, when new Chicago GM Phil Emery's first order of business was to upgrade the lackluster receiving corps.
In a long overdue deal with the Miami Dolphins, Emery surrendered just two third round picks in exchange for three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall. Once a dynamic duo in Denver from 2006 through 2008, Marshall and Cutler hooked up 226 times for 2,899 yards, including 14 touchdowns during their days together in the Mile High City.
It's the allure of such promising offensive statistics that has championship-hungry Bears fans salivating with anticipation. Traditionally known for their bruising ball-hawking defensive schemes, Chicago hasn't exactly been considered an offensive juggernaut in recent years.
In fact it's been a decade since Bears wideout Marty Booker eclipsed the 1,000-yard single-season receiving mark in 2002.
Coming off a year of 81 catches, 1,214 receiving yards and six touchdowns in Miami, Marshall figures to be the centerpiece of a revamped Bears receiving group that also includes 6-3, 216-pound rookie Alshon Jeffery.
Nabbed by the Bears with the 13th pick of the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft, the former South Carolina Gamecock standout will give Cutler another athletic, sure-handed big body to target down the field and in the red zone.
Will the chemistry between Cutler and Marshall light up Soldier Field scoreboard this season? Nobody knows for sure. But for Chicago fans clamoring for another championship the preseason anticipation is almost "un-Bearable."