Lots of Fun, Free Activities at the NFL Draft in Chicago

Make plans to attend the NFL Draft from April 28-30 in Chicago. On Thursday and Friday, the NFL draft picks will be announced inside the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, where the teams’ new players will be introduced to much fanfare.  Last spring, the theater hosted the first three rounds of the draft, the first time it was held outside of New York in more than 50 years.”We are honored, for the second year, to have this iconic national landmark host the NFL Draft and represent Chicago to the country,” says theater spokeswoman Colleen Flanigan.free nfl fantasy football

  • This year’s draft runs April 28-30 in Chicago.   For fans outside at the football festival, there’s plenty to do.
  • Fans of all ages can enjoy the various activities in Draft Town in Grant Park.
  • And, of course, fans will be able to watch NFL Network analysts break down the draft and watch ESPN’s SportsCenter live from Draft Town.
  • Probably the best way to navigate Draft Town is on the NFL Draft app, which can be downloaded at nfl.com/DraftApp.
  • Many current players and legends, including Dick Butkus, Orlando Pace, Jim Kelly, Willie Brown, Larry Csonka and Daunte Culpepper, will provide free autographs during designated sessions throughout the draft, too.
  • Chicago Bears Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus is among the NFL legends scheduled to sign autographs during the 2016 NFL Draft festivities in Chicago.
  • Families can take pictures with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, ride on the Draft Ferris wheel, play NFL games via virtual reality technology and try a Taste of the Town tailgate
  • Visitors can also see a replica NFL locker room, an NFL exhibit featuring historical Bears memorabilia and a College Football Hall of Fame corner.
  • For the athletically inclined, adults and kids can test their athletic skills at the Combine Corner. Attractions include a vertical jump and a 40-yard dash.
  • The 60 Clinic Field will host free youth football clinics for kids ages 6-14 on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • The NFL Play 60 zone is an interactive area designed for the youngest fans, with an obstacle course, a long snap, an extra point kick and a quarterback challenge.
  • There’s also a free Family Football Clinic from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Play 60 clinic field, where families can participate in tackling drills. Registration begins at 9 a.m.
  • Also on Saturday, the NFL will host the second annual NFL FLAG Football Festival in Grant Park, an event open to kids and adults, with games played on Hutchinson Fields. Teams can register at nflflagfestival.com in various categories.
  • For details on Draft Town attractions, events and hours, seenfl.com/DraftTown.

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