Halas Hall in Lake Forest. (Courtesy of Chicago Bears)

James “Big Cat” Williams, who played offensive tackle for the Bears from 1991 to 2002 and is co-host of the No Name Football podcast, give “Chicago Tonight” his assessment of the Bears’ draft moves.

Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) meets with Detroit Lions cornerback Jeff Okudah (1) after an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023, in Detroit. (AP Photo / Paul Sancya)

Fields, the No. 11 overall pick in 2021, emerged as one of the NFL's most exciting players in his second season. But he was drafted by former general manager Ryan Pace — not current GM Ryan Poles.

James “Big Cat” Williams appears on the Jan. 5, 2023, episode of “Chicago Tonight.” (WTTW News)

The Chicago Bears are poised to get a top draft pick and have lots of money to spend to improve a last-place team, but can they use the draft well and spend wisely?

Legions of football fans descend on Chicago for the second year in a row. Is the massive event worth the headache – and will it be back next year?

Kraft Heinz cuts more than a third of its workforce, the NFL Draft will return to Chicago, and tech giant, Apple, will move its Michigan Avenue store further south along the Mag Mile. Crain's Chicago Business deputy managing editor Ann Dwyer talks with Chicago Tonight about some of the biggest business stories this week.

Former Bear James "Big Cat" Williams joins us to discuss the Bears draft picks, and give us his take on Chicago hosting the NFL Draft.

Day 3: Grading the NFL Draft

The picks are all in, and after three days of festivities and thousands of fans pouring into Grant Park, the 2015 NFL Draft in Chicago has concluded. Crystin Immel grades the NFL on the overall fan experience they provided in Grant Park.

Day 2: In Enemy Territory

Crystin Immel returned to Auditorium Theatre to cover rounds two and three of the NFL Draft on Friday. But things didn't go as smoothly as she planned. 

Day 1: From Back Room to Row One: Getting In and Staying In

Crystin Immel is an Assistant Producer and the assignment desk editor for Chicago Tonight. She’s also a big NFL fan. We thought it would be fun to send her to the NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre to see the draft through her eyes. 

The new, supersized NFL Draft gets underway in Chicago this evening. Just what does it mean for the city? Paris Schutz has the latest.

In advance of this week’s NFL Draft in Chicago, Bears' Chairman George McCaskey sits down with Phil Ponce to talk football. McCaskey will talk about all the changes at Halas Hall this offseason and what Bears’ fans can expect this year. He also addresses some recent NFL issues and controversies, including questions about concussion care and domestic violence awareness. 

For three days starting April 30, the NFL Draft will be held in Chicago for the first time since 1964. The National Football League as well as Chicago organizers say the event will be a major extravaganza that will turn parts of downtown Chicago into professional football's second biggest event of the year. But the draft is arriving with some controversies. We hear why organizers believe the draft will be a major showcase for the city while some observers think it will be only be a showcase for the NFL.