2015 NFL Draft coming to Chicago; fans can enter to win free tickets starting Tuesday

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015
NFL logo painted on the field before an NFL football game between the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 21, 2014,
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CHICAGO (WLS) -- After more than 50 years, the NFL Draft is coming to Chicago at the end of next month. Starting Tuesday, fans who want to see it in person can register for a chance to win free tickets.

The 2015 NFL Draft will be held at Roosevelt University's Auditorium Theatre from April 30 - May 2.

According to the NFL, Round 1 festivities will include incoming prospects walking the red carpet on Michigan Avenue, while 32 former players who are members of the NFL Legends community will be on hand to announce Round 2 selections. The NFL Legends players represent the 32 teams in the league.

A three-day outdoor fan festival will also be held across the street in Grant Park and Congress Plaza. It will feature interactive exhibits and autograph sessions with current and former NFL players.

A total of 5,600 tickets will be available if fans want a spot inside the theater. Another 3,000 tickets will be available for outdoor seating in Grant Park's Selection Square.

Registration begins at 11 a.m. Tuesday and ends on April 5. Winners will be chosen at random. They will be notified via email on April 6.

To sign up for a chance to win free tickets, visit www.nfl.com/drafttown.

The draft was held in Chicago in 1938, 1942-44, 1951, and 1962-64.

The Auditorium Theatre opened in 1889 and has hosted operas, concerts, musicals and ballets. Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William McKinley gave speeches there.