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Packers to host 2016 NFL Draft events in Chicago and Green Bay

Festivities include Thursday pep rally at Will’s Northwoods Inn in Chicago; Draft party to be hosted Saturday at 1919 Kitchen & Tap at Lambeau Field


The Green Bay Packers are set to host two different events to celebrate the 2016 NFL Draft, a pep rally on the first day of the Draft in Chicago, and a party on the third day of the Draft in Green Bay.

Both events are free to the public and space will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at each location.

The pep rally in Chicago will be held at Will's Northwoods Inn for Round 1 of the Draft, April 28, with a program beginning at 7:30 p.m.. A familiar venue for Packers fans, Will's hosted a Packers Everywhere pep rally during the 2014 season.

Packers alumni Gary Ellerson, Mark Chmura, Mark Tauscher and Frank Winters will be present at the rally and will sign autographs. On-air talent from WTMJ will help host, and the event will feature raffle prizes, giveaways and specials from the venue.

Lambeau Field's 1919 Kitchen & Tap will host the Draft party April 30, with the restaurant opening at 10 a.m., and a program beginning at 11 a.m. On-air talent from WIXX will be on hand to help host activities during Round 4 and Round 5 of the NFL Draft.

Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy will participate in the program at 1919 Kitchen & Tap, along with alumni Jerry Kramer and Dave Robinson, who will sign autographs for fans in the Atrium. Giveaways, raffle prizes and special menu items at 1919 Kitchen & Tap also will be available for attendees.

Each event will include draft coverage on TV screens throughout each venue, and will provide Wi-Fi Internet access, allowing attendees who bring wireless-enabled laptops and mobile devices to log on to their favorite draft websites and follow the action online.

The NFL Draft features a three-day format, with Round 1 beginning at 7 p.m. CT, on Thursday, April 28, followed by Rounds 2-3 beginning at 6 p.m. CT Friday, April 29, and Rounds 4-7 beginning at 11 a.m. CT on Saturday, April 30.

More information on the NFL Draft can be found online at

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