But for one Viking, Soldier Field is a place filled with fond memories.
In 2007, the Vikings were four games into what would become a 6-10 season and coming out of their bye week. New coach Brad Childress decided change was needed. He pulled Artis Hicks from the starting lineup and inserted backup Anthony Herrera. In his first start at Soldier Field, Adrian Peterson ran for 224 yards and the rest was history.
"That was a good day," Herrera said. "At the time all I was looking for was an opportunity. I got it and took advantage of it. This game is all about opportunity and making the most of it when it presents itself."
Not only would his debut against the Bears coincide with Peterson setting a franchise record for rushing yards, three weeks later, Peterson would set the all-time NFL rushing record with 296 yards vs. San Diego. Herrera has started every game he has played since then. What started as an experiment at Soldier Field became a permanent switch. Herrera said he hasn't forgotten the struggle to get to the starting lineup, but said it has been his motivation ever since.
"I remember having to wait and earn my spot," Herrera said. "I've worked harder than ever since then because I remember how hungry I was to get in to the starting lineup and know that there are guys who are gunning for my job. I have to keep playing at a high level or they may get their opportunity and take advantage like I did when my number got called."
What started in Chicago four years ago today has remained a fixture of the Vikings offense – Herrera manning the right guard position when healthy – and if he has it his way, it will be four years or more before someone else plays the position.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.