Construction to launch late 2024

Bally's gets design approval for $1.7B Chicago casino, updated renderings released

Rendering of Bally's Chicago casino in River West.
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Bally’s Corporation has announced that the proposed site plan for its Chicago casino was approved by the Chicago Department of Planning and Urban Development on Wednesday, solidifying plans to begin construction on the mixed-use entertainment space in late 2024. In addition to gaming and entertainment, the plans also include a hotel with up to 500 rooms and 10 restaurants and bars. 

Joyen Vakil, SVP of Design and Development, said: "Inspired by the city's interplay—grit and grandeur, structure and the organic, historically-charged and cutting-edge—the design of Bally's Chicago creates a sense of wonder and adventure accessible to everyone. The plan is uniquely focused on bringing in nature and wellness through the addition of numerous public plazas and parks."

Bally's Chicago has also released updated renderings for its much-anticipated permanent casino resort development. The riverfront location is being hailed as "a springboard for the next generation of entertainment" as what Bally's calls "the first ground-up mixed-use gaming complex and resort located in the center of a major metropolitan city."

The new casino resort development harnesses the urban riverfront site to create "inclusive, dynamic spaces," including a casino, food hall, and restaurants, a theater and event space, a museum and exhibition area, and VIP areas, as well as a 500-key hotel. The more than 10 acres of outdoor space include a park for the community, which will allow for various programs such as art fairs and farmers' markets. 

The re-invention of the old Tribune printing site will connect the lower riverbank to multiple levels that include outdoor dining, community gatherings, and opportunities for public art, as well as maintaining "integration into the larger city." The $1.7 billion development is projected to bring over 3,000 permanent jobs to the city. 

The development is called "a fusion of green space, arts and entertainment spaces, and exclusive hospitality areas." The hotel tower, which includes a spa and food and beverage venues, anchors the master plan at the north end of the site and features a shimmering facade "that reflects and responds to the movement of the nearby Chicago River."

"We are confident that this team will bring to life this one-of-a-kind urban space," said Vakil. "The unique and exciting design celebrates Chicago's motto, urbs in horto – city in a garden – and creates a dynamic public realm on site."

Still, there is a long way to go before any bet can be placed. Bally's Chicago must meet Illinois Gaming Board regulatory and statutory requirements prior to beginning gaming operations.

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