Details on sites along the river, lakeside where the complex could be built – NBC Chicago

The City of Chicago has been seeking to license and build a casino for decades, and now three different projects have reached the next stage in that process to potentially bring a new resort to the city.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office made the big announcement on Tuesday, saying sites operated by Bally’s, Hard Rock and Rivers would become finalists for the multi-billion dollar project.

Here are more details about the three finalists:

Bally Company

Bally’s casino would be located on the site of the Tribune publishing plant in the city’s River West district.

The project would include a 500-room hotel tower, indoor and outdoor concert halls and at least half a dozen restaurants, cafes and a food hall. It would also feature 3,400 slot machines and over 170 table games.

The site would also include an extension of the city’s Riverwalk along the Chicago River.

The project could create over 9,700 construction jobs and over 2,000 casino jobs.

Hard Rock

The Hard Rock ONE Central site would be located along Chicago’s lakefront, just north of the McCormick Place facility.

The proposal would include a 3,500-seat concert hall, a 500-room hotel tower, a spa, restaurants and six bars and lounges.

The casino would offer 3,000 slot machines and more than 160 gaming tables.

More than 16,000 construction jobs and more than 3,000 permanent jobs would be included in the project, officials said.


The “Rivers 78” proposal would be built on a site known simply as “The 78”. This site is located near the south side of town on former railroad property on the South Fork of the Chicago River.

The site will feature a new Red Line station at 15and Street and an affordable housing commitment of up to 10,000 residential units.

The casino portion of the site would include a riverside multi-purpose hall for performances, a 300-room hotel tower, eight restaurants and five bars.

The casino would include spaces for 2,600 slot machines and nearly 200 table games, according to officials.

More than 4,000 construction jobs could be created, and more than 3,000 casino jobs are expected to be created.

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