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Chicago Prepares for The NFL Draft


The great city of Chicago is hosting the NFL draft this year, 51 years after it was last held in the city. The draft will be held Thursday, April 30th through Saturday, May 2nd. It will be housed in the historic Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University and the fan festival, Draft Town presented by Oikos Triple Zero will expand outside to Grant Park and Congress Plaza for a 900,000 square foot celebration for the draft. While there are a limited number of tickets for the Draft at the Auditorium Theatre, the draft town celebration will be free. The fan festival will be open all three days of the NFL draft with lots of family-friendly fun. Draft town features live music, food, free player autographs, interactive games, photo opps, and places to view the 2015 NFL draft on television.




Grant Park & Congress Plaza

Hours of Operation:

Thursday, April 30th: 4pm-10pm
Friday, May 1st: 4pm-10pm
Saturday, May 2nd: 10am-7pm
(A Saturday night concert will be held to close out the Draft Town festivities.)

Also on Wednesday prior to the Draft, NFL Legends welcome the 2015 draft prospects to the NFL family and will discuss their own careers both on and off the field. That will be located at Pioneer Court on Wednesday, April 29th from 12pm to 1pm.

Street Closures
Be aware the street closures start before the draft to allow time to set up for the festivities so allow extra time and expect delays.feature.draft.chicago.ver2.640x380

• Southbound Michigan Avenue between Van Buren Street and Congress Parkway from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. April 21
• Northbound Michigan Avenue between Congress Parkway and Van Buren Street from 10:30 p.m. April 21 to 12:30 a.m. April 22
• Congress Parkway between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive – including Congress Circle – beginning at 6 a.m. April 22. It will be reopened May 8.
• Columbus Drive between Balbo Avenue and Jackson Drive beginning at 6 a.m. April 27. It will reopen May 4.
• Michigan Avenue between Balbo Drive and Jackson Boulevard from 3 to 11 p.m. April 30
• Wabash Avenue between Harrison Street and Jackson Boulevard from 3 to 11 p.m. April 30
• Van Buren Street between Michigan Avenue and State Street from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. April 30
• Congress Parkway between Michigan Avenue and State Streets from 3 to 11 p.m. April 30

There will also be lane reductions or temporary sidewalk closures to ensure safety of motorists and pedestrians. There will be special no parking zones marked with signs in the Grant Park area for the events, vehicles will be towed.

**Only extreme weather that threatens public safety could result in postponements and the OEMC will monitor weather conditions throughout that weekend.

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