CHICAGO — Draft Town has once again taken over downtown Chicago.
With the help of some of this year’s top draft prospects, about a 100 kids ran through professional drills alongside NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, George McCaskey and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Kicking off what is expected to be another huge draft weekend in Chicago..
Downtown Chicago, including three million square feet of Grant Park, has been transformed into Draft Town. That’s the size of 20-football fields, up from 15 last year.
And it’s full of lots of activities for visitors to do.
You can train like a pro, test your vertical jump, run the 40 yard dash, kick a field goal and hit the NFL Museum. There you can check out your favorite Bears of old, grab player autographs, take the little ones to the ball pit and join your favorite team for a picture.
The NFL Draft in Chicago was a huge success last year. Mayor Emanuel estimates 48 million people got a glimpse into the Second City between TV and social media coverage. It was advertising you could never buy he says.
But does that mean the draft will make a Chicago three peat?
“Chicago has now created a benchmark. Every city will be measured against Chicago,” Emanuel said. “We’ve proved a couple things; We’re a sports town and we can throw a big party. As I just told Roger, every city from now on will be NFL Village. You want a ‘town,’ you have to come to Chicago.”