Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot strode onto the sun-drenched grass at Soldier Field on Monday to make an announcement that was difficult for any sports fan to misinterpret: “We are not playing.”

Standing alone at a lectern in an empty stadium that can comfortably seat more than 60,000 fans, Lightfoot announced a first-of-its-kind awareness campaign, called “We Are Not Playing.”

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All of Chicago’s professional sports teams,  including the Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs, Fire, Red Stars, Sky and White Sox, have agreed to use their platforms and athletes to encourage residents of the city and surrounding areas to comply with stay-at-home restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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