NFL Draft Returns with Free Fan Festival

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Chicago is back on the clock as the NFL Draft returns for the second straight year.

If you’ve been around Grant Park the past couple of weeks you’ve probably seen all the construction and traffic that the city has gone through for this momentous occasion. After a successful return to Chicago after a 50-year absence the NFL decided once wasn’t enough. Chicago has turned the draft into a giant party with three separate locations: Auditorium Theatre, Selection Square, and Draft Town.

Most of the official business of the draft will be held at the theater and Selection Square, which require tickets. At Selection Square you’ll find the team representatives who make the actual picks. It’s an exciting atmosphere as you can see in real time how they react to last-minute trades, picks rising and falling, and draft-pick trades. The Auditorium Theatre is where the picks are announced and the players get their jerseys and greet the commissioner on stage. The rookies eventually make their way to Selection Square for a short interview in front of the crowd.

While Selection Square and the Auditorium Theatre are where the official business is happening the most fun will be Draft Town in Grant Park. No tickets are required for Draft Town as it is a free fan festival filled with activities, food, drinks, live music, and player interactions. Fans can test their legs kicking field goals through an NFL goal post, run the 40-yard dash versus a video screen of NFL players running the dash, run a pass route and break free from protection, get autographs from their favorite players, and more. In addition, don’t miss your opportunity to see the Vince Lombardi Trophy, the NFL Draft Town tailgate with some of Chicago’s most delicious food, and the NFL Draft Tavern for some cold brews.

The NFL Draft will take place April 28-30 at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy, and Grant Park, 337 E. Randolph St. For more information visit

Written By Joel Mora

Joel Mora is editor at Concierge Preferred. Born and raised in Miami, Fl., Joel has slowly ate, drank, and explored his way up north refining all his senses to prepare for the stampede of delicious dining, notorious nightlife, stellar shopping, and captivating culture that calls Chicago home. In the wild he’ll be the red-bearded Cuban with a Lagunitas IPA in his hand.

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