Bally's Chicago

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The casino will be built around here next to the Chicago River

Bally's Chicago is an approved casino resort that will be built in Chicago, Illinois, the United States. In May 2022, Mayor Lori Lightfoot approved Bally's Corporation's bid to build a casino area in the city.[1] It will be located in the city's River West neighborhood near the Chicago River.[2]

In April 2021, Lightfoot announced that the "casino-resort" would have a 500-room hotel, meeting space, restaurants, bars and entertainment venues.[3]

The goal for this casino was to create a $200 million in annual tax revenue from the casino to fund police and firefighter pension funds.[4]

A casino run by Rush Street Gaming with a location at the South Loop and Chinatown along the Chicago River and a proposal from Hard Rock to build the casino near Soldier Field were also discussed.[2] The James R. Thompson Center was also seen as a possible casino location.[5]

On May 5, 2022, Lightfoot announced that she had selected the bid from the Bally's Corporation.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Bally's River West casino proposal gets city nod". The Chicago Sun-Times. May 5, 2022. Retrieved May 5, 2022.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Chicago's Casino Won't Be Built at McCormick Place, Officials Announce as 3 Finalists Unveiled". WTTW. March 22, 2022. Retrieved May 5, 2022.
  3. "Lightfoot Starts the Bidding on Chicago's 'Casino-Resort'". WTTW. April 22, 2021. Retrieved May 5, 2022.
  4. "Lightfoot's Office Unveils Five Bids For A Chicago Casino; Public Meeting On Proposals Set For Dec. 16". CBS News. November 19, 2021. Retrieved May 5, 2022.
  5. "Turn the Thompson Center into a casino". July 19, 2022. Retrieved May 5, 2022.
  6. "Mayor Lori Lightfoot announces Bally's proposal as final pick for Chicago casino". ABC News. May 5, 2022. Retrieved May 5, 2022.