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Report: If Chicago hosts draft, Chicago Theatre is expected to host it

Dale Earnhardt Jr. AP

Though it’s not known yet whether Chicago will host the 2015 NFL Draft, we do appear to have some clarity on where the draft would be staged were it to be held in the home city of the Bears.

The Chicago Theatre, located downtown, is the favorite to host the draft if the NFL moves the event to Chicago, Danny Ecker of Crain’s Chicago Business reported Monday.

The theater can seat 3,600 people, according to its website.

According to Crain’s, NFL officials visited Chicago in June and met with city and theater personnel regarding the draft. Other Chicago locations could be used for draft-related events, including Soldier Field, the publication reported.

Chicago is one of the primary cities under consideration to host the 2015 draft, with New York and Los Angeles also in the hunt.

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27 Responses to “Report: If Chicago hosts draft, Chicago Theatre is expected to host it”
  1. mauldawg says: Jul 7, 2014 8:00 PM

    82 people shot and 14 killed just this weekend!! Why would any sane person live in this city??

  2. rextraordinaire says: Jul 7, 2014 8:32 PM

    Why does it have to be a theater at all? A covention center would serve fans better, as it would allow them to walk around and for teams and 3rd party companies to set up booths (merch booths = money, and the nfl LOVES money)

    If the McCormick Place is big enough for the Chicago Auto Show, its big enough for the draft.

  3. jazsrt says: Jul 7, 2014 8:39 PM

    I live here, downtown Chicago.

    If you think this is all over the city-specifically within 4 miles of the loop, or, that all are random/innocent victims, you have no clue what you’re talking about; and have never lived in, or resided near Chicago.

    It’s no more safe or unsafe (aside from the four neighborhoods on the south and west side) than any other city.

    The Chicago Theater is a great venue-beatiful and full of history. Would be great for folks to see and experience. (And also, to help dumb people who only read headlines to see the city is phenomenal.)

  4. achap39 says: Jul 7, 2014 8:41 PM

    McCormick is already booked both weekends. Same goes for the Arie Crown (holds about 1,000 more than the Chicago Theatre).

  5. houndofthebaskervols says: Jul 7, 2014 9:08 PM

    3,600 people is big enough. Surely the NFL doesnt want 25,000 people wandering around during the draft in McCormick.

    As a NE fan, I’d rather attend the draft in Chicago than Boston. This would be a great location for the event.

  6. filthymcnastyi says: Jul 7, 2014 9:26 PM

    As long as it isn’t in that God forsaken joke of a village…Green Bay!

  7. uglydingo says: Jul 7, 2014 9:28 PM

    Gil Brandt effectively hinted on Sirius radio that Chicago will get the next Draft and it will be probably held over 4 days.
    Gil has long standing relationships with many key NFL people (including owners) and somebody is talking. It sounds like the decisions have already been made.

  8. revelation123 says: Jul 7, 2014 9:41 PM

    “82 people shot and 14 killed just this weekend!! Why would any sane person live in this city??”

    Because they’ve got a gun ban. Oh, wait.

  9. randrall says: Jul 7, 2014 9:41 PM

    Couldn’t they hold the draft in a safer city? Like Detroit?

    Face it, Chicago. No matter how you try to cook the books, both economically and criminally, you’re the next Detroit.

  10. calvinthegreat81 says: Jul 7, 2014 9:42 PM

    Why would the NFL want to do anything in this City? Yeah, there are some nice parts but man the majority is a crime ridden cesspool. I have several friends that moved there for work right out of college and then realized its crackhead heaven and had to leave before they got jacked. Just sad…

  11. vikes89allday says: Jul 7, 2014 9:53 PM

    If its in Chicago I’m going but how exactly do you get tickets to that??

  12. averagjoe says: Jul 7, 2014 10:00 PM

    If the draft moves to Chicago Theatre, there’ll be a shootout in the aisles.

  13. chicagosports2014 says: Jul 7, 2014 10:03 PM

    Killing happen in the hood just like your city. Most people from the hood never been there down town unless they got locked up!

    👍

  14. chicagosports2014 says: Jul 7, 2014 10:04 PM

    There❌

  15. ariani1985 says: Jul 7, 2014 10:59 PM

    Come to green bay, we will feed you moose meat, beer and cheese!

  16. cmeyer49er says: Jul 7, 2014 10:59 PM

    THIS IS BREAKING NEWS AND MUST BE REPORTED.

  17. wafflestomp says: Jul 7, 2014 11:05 PM

    Green Bay area resident who frequents Chicago a few times a year.
    Beautiful city that would be a terrific venue for the NFL draft.

    Endorsed!

  18. ariani1985 says: Jul 7, 2014 11:06 PM

    Chicago, the arm Pitt of society!

  19. pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says: Jul 7, 2014 11:24 PM

    Over/under on how many people in the city of Chicago will be murdered that weekend?

    14 were killed and 82 wounded over this past weekend.

  20. notthetroll says: Jul 7, 2014 11:26 PM

    Ah the Windy City. Home of scorched earth politics, corruption, and a Beirut style nightlife.

    Juarez, Mexico asks if it can put in a bid.

  21. hwatt says: Jul 8, 2014 12:00 AM

    that theater is really spiffy from top to bottom. good choice.

  22. larryboodry says: Jul 8, 2014 6:21 AM

    The Chicago Theatre would be perfect, and I hope my hometown does indeed get to host next year’s draft. And yeah, with the exception of a few high-crime
    neighborhoods – Austin and Englewood, to name
    two – Chicago is no worse than any large city, and better than most.

  23. lionsdraftguy says: Jul 8, 2014 6:42 AM

    Trash city, trash fans. Good choice NFL.

  24. jazsrt says: Jul 8, 2014 10:11 AM

    wafflestomp says:
    Jul 7, 2014 11:05 PM
    Green Bay area resident who frequents Chicago a few times a year.
    Beautiful city that would be a terrific venue for the NFL draft.

    Endorsed!
    ________________________________

    I am sure you wear your bullet proof vest, cause it’s so unsafe, am-i-right? (sarcasm.)

    People who think they will get shot walking down the street are morons.

    (For folks that have not been to Chicago, the neighborhoods with issues are all approx. 30-40 mins outside of ‘Chicago-proper’ which is the real City of Chicago.)

  25. larryboodry says: Jul 8, 2014 12:52 PM

    @lionsdraftguy:

    I find it humorous that anyone from Detroit would dare criticize Chicago – or anyplace else, for that matter – as being trashy.

    And your blanket assessment of Bears fans just shows how trashy you yourself are.

  26. jazsrt says: Jul 8, 2014 2:03 PM

    @ Larry-

    I also replied, but was censored for some reason…

    The irony of their posts is amazing.

  27. rextraordinaire says: Jul 8, 2014 10:40 PM

    I lived in southside Chicago for 17 years without getting shot at.

    Anyone wandering around the loop and taking selfies with the bean need not worry about getting murdered. You’ll be fine as long as you don’t head down to 76th and Ashland and claim that only you have the right to sell dope there. That’s gonna hurt your chances of survival a little.

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