The Magnificent Mile is so magnificent because at the end of it, just as you near the Chicago River on Michigan Avenue, next to the Chicago Tribune and in front of NBC, there is other news. And this news comes in art form. Thirty two art forms to be exact.
The NFL Draft has moved to Chicago, and it’s moved in a big way.
As a public service announcement, life size helmets compile an NFL Draft Exhibit at Pioneer Court.
For those not in the loop, the NFL Draft customarily takes place in a theater in New York City as it has done for the past 51 years. But now that Chicago is hosting, it decided to kick off the summer festival season with a multi-location football fan festival.
Beyond climbing under your favorite football teams’ helmet (The Chicago Cub’s helmet is front and center, naturally), Chicago has upped their game and is ready to entertain with free events downtown around Grant Park.
The NFL Draft will be moving throughout Chicago at Grant Park, where a football festival fit with the sport and customary fixings will meld “Draft Town,” which Chicago Tribune reports, will be the size of 15 football fields.
Draft Town will be open:
Thursday, April 30 from 4-10 p.m.
Friday, May 1 from 4-10 p.m.
Saturday, May 2 from 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
A little further south at Buckingham Fountain, hopefully it will be warm enough for the fountain to run and be lit with the sport’s teams’ colors on the clock for the first two days of the three day NFL Draft.
Back to Congress Plaza, Selection Square will be the base for thousands of fans anticipating team picks. The official draft will be held at Auditorium Theater, where 26 prospects will congregate. For Chicago, the anticipation lies in who will wear the lucky number seven for the Chicago Bears.
Amanda Elliott is a writer and speaker and a relationship builder. She believes that meeting people in person is important. After attending numerous fashion, startup, and creative events, she founded Windy City Cosmo is 2015 to help people make connections in the city as they build their businesses, start and end relationships and see and be seen. Over the past three years, the entrepreneurs she’s interviewed have become the most successful in Chicago and Windy City Cosmo won an award in 2017 for her work for female entrepreneurs.