William McKinley

NFL draft coming to Chicago in 2015

NFL draft coming to Chicago in 2015

Nothing sells hope to fans of all 32 teams like the NFL draft, and next year the league will bring that hope — and all the accompanying hoopla — to Chicago.

The draft, which for the last nine years has been conducted in New York's Radio City Music Hall, will move to Chicago and be held at Roosevelt University's Auditorium Theatre April 30 through May 2 with a fan festival to be held at nearby Grant Park.

It’s not the Super Bowl, but the annual selection meeting is the biggest event of the offseason and it is heading out of New York after 50 years there. The move likely is a result of aggressive lobbying by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Commissioner Roger Goodell’s ongoing drive to...