Chicago is fast becoming a destination city for some of America's most prestigious events. You may have heard about our city's continued involvement with the James Beard Foundation, but that's not all that were excited about this month. In fact, 2016 marks the second year that Chicago is hosting the tremendously successful NFL Draft, and with this great honor comes a lot of perks — including the fun and FREE popup NFL Draft Town in Grant Park (no tickets required!).
NFL Draft Town is conveniently located near Chicago's Magnificent Mile and Cultural Mile — close to great shopping, incredible museums known worldwide, and more. Need some itinerary inspiration? Get a Draft Town weekend itinerary here.
If you didn't go to NFL Draft Town last year or are visiting Chicago for the first time and want to check it out — here's what you need to know.
- Thursday, April 28: 12-10 p.m.
- Friday, April 29: 12-10 p.m.
- Saturday, April 30: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
NFL Draft Town (presented by Oikos Triple Zero so no taxpayer dollars need to be used!) is a free football festival for families and friends. And there are so many things to do that we'd be surprised if you get to them all. We'd recommend downloading the companion Draft Town app from NFL to navigate all the activities you're interested in.
Official Map (click for full size):
The epicenter of the draft, located next to iconic Buckingham Fountain. Fans will have the chance to win prizes. Of course, they'll also be able to watch the NFL Draft as it happens, and witness live interviews with draft picks!
Draft Town Attractions
Set up over 20 football fields worth of space is Draft Town, where you can engage in a number of fun fan activities:
- Pictures with the Vince Lombardi Trophy
- NFL Museum
- NFL themed Ferris wheel
- NFL Virtual Reality games
- Tailgate with some of Chicago's best restaurants
- NFL shops
Also returning this year — in an expanded fashion! — is Draft Tavern so talk draft picks over cold brews.
Think you're the next NFL pro athlete waiting to happen? NFL Draft Town has some great options for you, too. There's a free family football clinic, a flag football festival, and many more activities to get your blood pumping!
Are you ready for NFL Draft Town? Let's finish off with some fun NFL Draft Town stats about confirmed football legends who will be in attendance:
- 19 Super Bowl appearances
- 8 Super Bowl victories
- 64 Pro Bowl selections
- 6 Hall of Fame inductees
Are you excited for NFL Draft Town? Share your experience using the hashtag #DraftTown!