Final Days of Payton Exhibit

For more than eight months, the Lake County Discovery Museum's "Sweetness: The Walter Payton Story" has given fans a chance to get an intimate look at a legendary figure in Bear history. This weekend brings a final opportunity to catch the exhibit.

"Sweetness: The Walter Payton Story" is the first ever museum exhibit about the life and achievements of the Bears legend. It is a multi dimensional experience featuring some of Payton's jerseys, football equipment, trophies, and various other memorabilia from Payton's childhood through his years with the Bears.

Items were on display were loaned to the museum by the Chicago Bears organization, the Payton family, and by many friends. The highlight for Walter's widow, Connie, was a small room with a continuous video featuring #34 at home and at work.

"Some of it I knew well, other parts of the video were from times I had forgotten," Connie said. "It is wonderful for my children to have the opportunity to see their father playing in his prime. They were quite young when he was with the Bears. I also think this will give those who have heard about Walter but never saw him on the field a better idea of who he was and what he achieved during his lifetime."

The exhibit runs through June 19. Advance weekend tickets are recommended. For more information on ‘Sweetness: The Walter Payton Story' go to or call the Museum at 847-968-3397.

There is also a chance to take home a piece of the Payton legacy at a special public auction on Saturday, June 25. Viewing of lots will begin at 11 a.m. and the live auction commences at 1 p.m. Items created for the exhibit, including photo murals, banners, exact reproductions of 1985 Soldier Field lockers, and a neon Sweetness sign will be sold during the live auction. Auction admission is free with paid general admission to the Museum.

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