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Chicago mayor wants the NFL draft in the Windy City

NFL logo and set are seen at New York's Radio City Music Hall before the start of the 2013 NFL Draft

The NFL logo and set are seen at New York’s Radio City Music Hall before the start of the 2013 NFL Draft April 25, 2013. The National Football League (NFL) Draft kicks off with first-round selections on Thursday. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)


Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has made some noises about getting a Super Bowl at Soldier Field, but that’s not the only major NFL event he wants to host.

Emanuel told David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune that he would like to bring the NFL draft to town as well.

“I would say that there are two things in pro football I would love to see in Chicago, either one of them or both: the NFL draft and the Super Bowl,” Emanuel said. “They have different advantages for the city given that we have neither one, both would be great attractions for the city to bring national attention. We’ll work on both.”

Emanuel didn’t go into any details, but he suggested that he has already spoken with the NFL about bringing the draft on the road. So far the NFL hasn’t shown a lot of interest in taking the draft out of New York City, but moving it around the NFL could attract even more interest to what is already the NFL’s biggest offseason event. If the league decides to take the draft on the road, Chicago would be a good choice.