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Chicago makes NFL Draft Town bigger and better

Fans in Chicago for the NFL Draft had a lot of things to keep their time occupied with Draft Town at Grant Park. (Source: WBBM/CNN) Fans in Chicago for the NFL Draft had a lot of things to keep their time occupied with Draft Town at Grant Park. (Source: WBBM/CNN)

CHICAGO (WBBM/CNN) - Clinics for budding football stars, a Ferris wheel over Grant Park and a chance to run alongside an NFL star's projected image - they were all part of the new and improved Draft Town 2016.

Previously held in New York City, the draft brought 200,000 fans to the lakefront, restaurants and hotels, pumping $80 million to the city.

"By doing these things, each one leads to the next one. We're now the gold standard," Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said.

But that gold standard may have given way to a road show. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the draft will most likely be rotated elsewhere in future years, but could eventually return.

Emanuel was confident the event would return to the city.

"Every city will be measured against Chicago, not against New York, and that means we're going to have them back," Emanuel said.

Draft Town will continue through Saturday, when the seventh and final round of the draft ends.

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