The NFL Draft has morphed into a must-see event each spring, and for the last 50 years New York City has played host to the annual shindig. While the draft has captivated thousands of New Yorkers in attendance and millions watching their televisions around the globe, did you know it was previously held in Chicago prior to its half-century run on the East Coast?
While it does not appear “the shield” is losing any steam with its three-day (possibly four-day) live drama, it is a real possibility the seven-round spectacle could be heading back to Chicago, which is being considered along with Los Angeles as “Big Apple” alternatives.
So where would be the best place in “The Windy City” to host the 2015 NFL Draft? Well one legitimate option, the historic Chicago Theatre is emerging as the favorite, according to a recent report by Danny Ecker or Crain’s Chicago Business.
One of the reasons the 3,500-seat State Street facility may be the top choice is due to other nearby options already being booked during late April and early May.
Although a lot has changed since the Sheraton Chicago Hotel hosted the draft from 1962-64, like the fact it took place in the month of December, the same great Midwest charm that existed back then is alive and well. Which is probably why Mayor Rahm Emanuel would like to showcase it to the entire world.