Joakim Noah and the Bulls welcome back former teammate Omer Asik when they face the Rockets on Christmas Day.
The Bulls are one game ahead of the Bucks and Pacers in the Central Division and currently hold the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Cubs have big decisions coming up regarding the futures of starting pitchers Matt Garza and Jeff Samardzija.
Bears running back Matt Forte has had a disappointing 2012 season, and is a risky play against the Packers this weekend.
The Packers shut down Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall back in Week 2, but the wide receiver should perform better in the second meeting.
The Cubs pursued starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez for about a month, but were ultimately outbid by the Tigers.
The Bulls' strong week has them moving up in multiple power rankings from around the web.
New Illinois coach John Groce says he and his team are not comparing this year's team to last year's squad, which also started 10-0 under former coach Bruce Weber.
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said on Monday that he should be ready to go for Sunday's game against the Packers. Cutler suffered a neck injury in a loss to the Vikings this past weekend.
The Bulls are in search of their fourth straight victory when the red-hot Clippers come to the United Center on Tuesday.
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