Things to do during the 2016 NFL Draft

Celebrate the 2016 NFL Draft in Chicago with a trip to NFL Draft Town or at some of the city's best sports bars

Football fans show off their team spirit in Grant Park at NFL Draft Town, April 30, 2015.
Photograph: Martha WilliamsFootball fans show off their team spirit in Grant Park at NFL Draft Town, April 30, 2015.

Football fans from around the country will descend on Chicago for the NFL Draft 2016, marking only the second time in 50 years that the annual event will happen outside of New York. It's one of the biggest spring events in the city, and Chicago bars and restaurants and downtown Chicago hotels will be clogged with NFL fanatics. Here's your guide to things to do in Chicago during the draft, including the top sports bars, how to get tickets and more. And, hey, Chicago Bears fans, maybe this is the year we'll draft a decent quarterback. Eh, probably not.

When is the NFL Draft?

The NFL Draft occurs April 28–30, 2016.

Where does the NFL Draft take place?

The NFL Draft will once again take up residence in the Auditorium Theatre, located at 50 E Congress Parkway.

What is NFL Draft Town?

NFL Draft Town is a free fan festival in Grant Park that runs in tandem with the NFL Draft, offering a place to watch the draft as it happens as well as activities, refreshments and exclusive merchendise. Fans can vistit from on April 28 and 29 from noon–10pm and April 30 from 10am–6pm.

Things to do during the 2016 NFL Draft

Photos from NFL Draft Town 2015
Sports and fitness

Photos from NFL Draft Town 2015

We mingled with the crowd at day one of the NFL's Grant Park festival

Bars to cheer on your favorite NFL team
Bars

Bars to cheer on your favorite NFL team

Pubs and taverns that pledge allegiance to all 32 NFL teams

The best sports bars in Chicago
Bars

The best sports bars in Chicago

Grab a seat and some better-than-average pub grub at these top sports bars

The 6 worst Bears draft picks: Where are they now?
News

The 6 worst Bears draft picks: Where are they now?

The Bears have been pretty wise with their draft picks, but there was a long stretch of boneheaded decisions

Things to do in the Loop
Things to do

Things to do in the Loop

The best hotels, restaurants, attractions, bars and more

A complete guide to the South Loop
Things to do

A complete guide to the South Loop

The 'hood closest to Soldier Field is a great place to eat, drink and sleep

Grant Park guide
Things to do

Grant Park guide

All about the site of the biggest fan events during the Draft