Downtown street closures begin ahead of NFL Draft

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With little more than a week to go before football’s future finest converge on Chicago for the 2015 NFL Draft, drivers should be ready to tackle some traffic headaches downtown as crews prepare for the event.

Road closures near Grant Park and Roosevelt University began at 6 a.m. Wednsday, with Congress Parkway closed to traffic between Michigan and Columbus until May 8, according to the city’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications. Crews are prepping a “Draft Town” of outdoor fan activites for the April 30-May 2 event.

Closures expand next week starting at 6 a.m. on April 27, as Columbus will be shut down from Balbo to Jackson through May 4, officials said.

On April 30, additional closures from 3 p.m. through 11 p.m. include:

–Michigan between Balbo and Jackson

–Wabash between Harrison and Jackson

–Van Buren between Michigan and State

–Congress between Michigan and State

City planners urge drivers to be on the lookout for various no-parking zones in the area on the days of the draft.

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