Chicago’s Grant Park has completed its transformation into Draft Town as the 2015 NFL Draft gets underway today with a crowd-drawing schedule of events that runs from Wednesday's pre-Draft activities through the free live concert late Saturday afternoon featuring JC Brooks and The Uptown Sound.
This is Chicago's first time hosting the NFL Draft since 1963. The event is bound to create challenges for motorists throughout the metro area as well as downtown.
These two websites offer information that can help you avoid at least the predictable snarls and slowdowns (see screenshots below):
- City of Chicago Street Closures
- Illinois Tollway Construction Projects
And here's a tip for smartphone users: a free iPhone/iPad app called Waze. Through this app which enables the sharing of real-time traffic information, Waze users help each other save time and gas and get where they need to go on schedule. The app offers a host of features including voice-guided navigation. Learn more at iTunes.