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Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot has announced that the city has shortlisted three bidders to progress to the next stage of the bidding process for the city's sole casino license. The shortlisted three, which include one from each gambling team, are Bally's Corporation at the Tribune Site, Hard Rock at the ONE Central Site, and Rivers 78 at the 78 site.…
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Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot Announces Shortlisted Candidates for City’s Sole Casino License

CHICAGO -Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot today announced the City has shortlisted three bidders to progress to the next stage of the bidding process for the city's sole casino license. Following extensive evaluations, Bally's Corporation at the Tribune Site, Hard Rock at the ONE Central Site, and Rivers 78 at the 78 site (listed in alphabetical order) have…
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Bally's pays Chicago $40 million upfront fee for new casino

Money from Chicago's new casino already is rolling in years before the $1.74 billion gaming and entertainment destination even is constructed northwest of the Loop. Rhode Island-based Bally's Corp. this week paid $40 million to Chicago in accordance with the casino development agreement recently inked between Bally's and the city. The money is…
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Bally's pays Chicago $40 million up-front fee for new casino

Money from Chicago's new casino already is rolling in years before the $1.74 billion gaming and entertainment destination even is constructed northwest of the Loop. Rhode Island-based Bally's Corp. this week paid $40 million to Chicago in accordance with the casino development agreement recently inked between Bally's and the city. The money is…
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Bally's pays Chicago $40 million up-front fee for new casino
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City Council endorses Bally's $1.7 billion Chicago casino plan

The Chicago City Council overwhelmingly agreed Wednesday to support a plan by Rhode Island-based Bally's Corp. to construct and operate a $1.7 billion casino, hotel and entertainment facility northwest of the Loop, near the southern tip of Goose Island. The Democratic-controlled council voted 41-7 to endorse Mayor Lori Lightfoot's recommendation…
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City Council endorses Bally's $1.7 billion Chicago casino plan
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Who's left out of the casino?

On Wednesday, the city council approved a plan to offer Chicago's sole casino license to Bally's Corporation, 41 - 7, with one recusal. Alderpersons Brian Hopkins (2nd Ward), Anthony Beale (9th), Ed Burke (14th), Ray Lopez (15th), Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25th), Brendan Reilly (42nd), and Michele Smith (43rd) voted against the proposal. Alderperson…
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Chicago Mayor denies reports of Bally's selected as casino license winner

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Tuesday denied reports from multiple news outlets that alleged that the city has chosen Bally's proposal at the Chicago Tribune printing site to become Chicago's first casino. She said the special committee tasked with evaluating all three casino bids has not yet completed its work. Bally's $2 billion project, which…
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Photos: See What The Proposed Bally’s Casino in Chicago’s River North Will Look Like

According to a press release from Mayor Lori Lightfoot's office Thursday, Bally's Corporation is officially the winner of the city of Chicago's only casino license. After months of proposals, public comment, and strong opposition from some neighborhood groups, it beat out two other Bids: a proposed Hard Rock casino just west of Soldier Field, and…
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Bally’s Tribune site bid selected for Chicago casino operation

Bally's Corp., a fast-growing Rhode Island gaming company that is in the process of acquiring operations of the Tropicana in Las Vegas, has been selected as the sole licensee of Chicago's planned casino. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday announced the $1.7 billion casino resort would be built on the site of the Tribune Publishing Center near…
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Aldermen push back on three Chicago casino finalists, as city looks to select a winner ‘within a month’

Aldermen are pushing back against the three proposed finalists for a Chicago casino, as the city nears a final selection amid growing concern from residents about locating a casino in their backyards. The Special Committee on the Chicago Casino, which was created last month to help winnow the casino proposals from three to one, fielded questions at…
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Chicago’s 3 Proposed Casino Sites Continue to Draw Opposition From Some Residents, Special Meeting Planned

The city of Chicago is holding a special meeting Monday to weigh in on where to put the city's first casino. But not all residents from those neighborhoods are on board. The three neighborhoods in consideration include the South Loop, which includes Chinatown and Pilsen, the area just west of Soldier Field, and River West. Each of those locations…
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Chicago’s 3 Proposed Casino Sites Continue to Draw Opposition From Some Residents, Special Meeting Planned
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Chicago Chinatown Residents Protest New Casino Proposal

A small but influential group of demonstrators gathered in Chicago's Chinatown over the weekend to protest the proposed site for Rush Street Gaming's $1.62bn project just north of the historic neighborhood. Sunday's protesters included Dr. Hong Liu of the Midwest Asian Health Association (MAHA), and Chinatown resident Dr. Kim Tee, who is also…
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‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Proposed Casino Sites

Mayor Lori Lightfoot is betting on a casino for the city of Chicago by 2025, with three finalists on the table, but not everyone is on the same page. Bally's It would have 3400 slots and 173 table games as well as a 500-room hotel in the River West neighborhood. According to Brian Israel, president of the River North Residents Association, "They…
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Hammered by Complaints, Push for Chicago Casino Faces Bumpy Final Stretch

None of the Chicago casino finalists rolled double sixes at community meetings staged by Mayor Lori Lightfoot, complicating the future of the gaming palace and entertainment district officials contend is key to the city's financial future. While city officials touted the meetings as a chance for Chicagoans to weigh in on the three finalists…
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Hard Rock kickstarts Chicago casino project's public hearings, denies ties to larger ONE Central development

Hard Rock was the first of the three finalist Chicago casino bidders to publicly present its project on Tuesday, in the process to win the city's sole casino license. Along with the other two contenders, Bally's and Rush Street Gaming's Rivers 78, the operators will try to win over nearby residents on the idea their casinos won't disrupt daily life…
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Hard Rock kickstarts Chicago casino project's public hearings, denies ties to larger ONE Central development
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Chicago casino bidder Rivers 78 faces public scrutiny at hearing

The Rivers 78 casino proposed for the vacant mega-development along the South Branch of the Chicago River is the only finalist where a casino would be built first with a neighborhood sprouting up around it, the backers of the plan emphasized Thursday. That observation came at the last of three community meetings held this week by Mayor Lori…
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Bally's Makes Its Pitch For Chicago Casino At Tribune Site

Bally's Chairman Soo Kim promised to find ways to alleviate traffic concerns, integrate into the River West community, and showcase the "best of Chicago" on Wednesday evening in leading the pitch to local residents for why Bally's should be the operator Mayor Lori Lightfoot chooses for the highly sought downtown casino license. Bally's was one…
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Hard Rock kickstarts Chicago casino project's public meetings, denies ties to larger ONE Central development

Hard Rock was the first of the three finalist Chicago casino bidders to publicly present its project on Tuesday, in the process to win the city's sole casino license. Along with the other two contenders, Bally's and Rush Street Gaming's Rivers 78, the operators will try to win over nearby residents on the idea their casinos won't disrupt daily life…
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Hard Rock kickstarts Chicago casino project's public meetings, denies ties to larger ONE Central development
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Residents Weigh In on Finalists for Billion-Dollar Chicago Casino Project

Chicago residents are weighing in on proposed locations for a new casino in the city as public meetings are held for each of the finalists. Beginning Tuesday and continuing through Thursday, the city will hold community engagement meetings for Bally's Tribune, Hard Rock and Rivers 78. The meetings will be livestreamed, and in-person priority will…
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Residents Weigh In on Finalists for Billion-Dollar Chicago Casino Project
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Chicago casino bidders get grilled in first public hearing

The first of three high-stakes meetings for the finalists hoping to win Chicago's sole casino license kicked off Tuesday as Hard Rock Chicago tried to convince a skeptical audience its proposal wasn't tethered to a larger development in need of $6.5 billion in state assistance. The meetings represent an opportunity for Hard Rock, Bally's and Rivers…
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Chicago casino bidders get grilled in first public hearing
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Chicago alderman oppose proposed casino sites

Mayor Lori Lightfoot will have her work cut out for her as the city tomorrow begins public hearings on the three finalists to own and operate the proposed Chicago casino. The problem: overcoming moderate to strong community opposition to each of the sites, with some aldermen stopping just short of declaring "not in my ward." For instance, Ald.…
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Bally's, Hard Rock, Rush Street finalists for Chicago casino license; two McCormick Place bids out after concerns

Chicago is now a little closer to opening its first casino after Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot's announcement Tuesday that the city has shortlisted three bidders to move to the next stage of the bidding process for the sole casino license. Bally's Corporation at the Tribune Site, Hard Rock at the ONE Central Site, and Rush Street Gaming's Rivers 78 at…
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Bally's, Hard Rock, Rush Street finalists for Chicago casino license; two McCormick Place bids out after concerns
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Bally’s, Rush Street, Hard Rock on Chicago Casino Shortlist

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has whittled down the list of proposals in the race to build the city's first casino. The mayor announced on Tuesday that she has selected three plans from the five bids, including proposals from Bally's Corporation, Rush Street Gaming, and Hard Rock International. Each of the finalists has its own proposed development…
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Chicago Casino Bids: Details on Sites Along the River, Lakefront Where Resort Could be Built

The city of Chicago has been seeking to license and build a casino for decades, and now three different projects have reached the next step 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 that sites operated by Bally's, Hard Rock and Rivers would…
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Chicago Casino Finalists Include Rivers At South Loop's 78, Hard Rock Near Soldier Field And Bally's In River West

SOUTH LOOP - The 78 megadevelopment, along with the Tribune Publishing Center and the One Central project site are all in the running to host Chicago's first casino. Mayor Lori Lightfoot's office announced Tuesday the list had been narrowed down from five locations to those three - kicking the Michael Reese megadevelopment and McCormick Place off…
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Chicago Casino Finalists Include Rivers At South Loop's 78, Hard Rock Near Soldier Field And Bally's In River West
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Chicago casino proposals narrowed to 3: Bally’s, Hard Rock, Rivers

Chicago's drawn-out casino sweepstakes is down to three-of-a-kind, as Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Tuesday passed on a pair of proposals tied to McCormick Place - and extended her selection process by at least a few months. City officials announced they've narrowed the field of five bids for the coveted megacasino down to three development pitches: a…
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Official details of Chicago casino proposals released by officials.

City Hall in Chicago has released details regarding the five proposals for a casino property in the downtown area of the city. A timetable of sorts has been established for the casino to be constructed so the city can begin to take advantage of the hundreds of millions in expected annual revenue. A few details of the five proposals were made…
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Bally's, Hard Rock, Rush Street pitch 5 Chicago casino bids to public; Mayor weighs financial viability

Bally's, Rush Street Gaming and Hard Rock International presented five competing bids for a permanent Chicago casino to the public during a marathon meeting Thursday, attended by Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who said she wants the winner to be financially viable, architecturally stunning and be guided by the principles of inclusion and equity. The major…
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5 Chicago casino developers make public presentations

Breathtaking skyline views, luxury suites, thousands of slot machines - and even an "Eiffel Tower for Chicago." A full house of casino developers put it all on the table Wednesday in the latest round of Chicago's long game to open a big-city gambling mecca, making their pitches in the first round of public presentations to win Mayor Lori…
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Chicago casino draft plans

Chicago residents will soon have a chance to weigh in on the city's massive plan to build a casino-resort and entertainment space at one of five proposed locations, officials said Friday. The city plans to hold its first public hearing on Dec.16 for residents to question the three firms behind the five pitches received last month. For now, the city…
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City Hall releases details of casino proposals

City Hall on Friday lifted the veil on five competing proposals for the downtown casino that has eluded Chicago mayors for generations and established a rigid timetable to get the projected $200 million in annual revenue rolling in. Broad outlines of the proposals to build a casino at McCormick Place Lakeside Center, the truck marshaling yards…
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More states considering casino gambling expansion

It's no wonder why states across the nation are in various stages of introducing some form of gaming to their citizens. The American Gaming Association last week reported that commercial gaming revenue hit a quarterly record for the months of July, August and September and that revenue is on a record pace for 2021. The AGA said that with $38.67…
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Lightfoot sets aggressive timetable for forging ahead on Chicago casino

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Friday she is "very excited" by the five "well thought out" bids she was dealt last week for a Chicago casino and plans to send a "final list to recommend" to the Illinois Gaming Board "sometime in the first quarter" of next year. With police and fire pension funds hovering dangerously close to insolvency and mounting…
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McCormick Place Lakeside Center eyed for Chicago casino in one of two Bluhm-backed bids

McCormick Place's Lakeside Center would become the "gem" of a south lakefront entertainment district under a proposal to transform the 50-year-old structure into Chicago's mega-casino. A group of developers who are already behind a $4 billion redevelopment of the former Michael Reese Hospital site near Bronzeville said Wednesday they're ready to go…
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McCormick Place Lakeside Center eyed for Chicago casino in one of two Bluhm-backed bids
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Chicago Showered with Proposals as Single Casino License for Grabs

The City of Chicago is not lacking suitors when it comes to casino operators. The sole license that is now up for grabs has elicited some strong and determined action from no fewer than five companies that are pushing to secure an entry that would chart a way for their futures in the city and the region. Bally's Corporation is seemingly ahead in…
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Chicago receives five casino bids including Bally's, Hard Rock and Rush Street

ive bids have been issued in response to the City of Chicago's request for proposals (RFP) for its first integrated casino-resort, the Mayor's Press Office announced last Friday. The selected proposal will be granted the city's sole casino owner's license. The proposals are the following: Bally's Corporation submitted two proposals for two…
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Five Proposals Arrive for Chicago Integrated Casino Resort

HR Chicago has teamed up with Hard Rock International for its proposal, while Rivers Chicago and Rivers 78 Gaming have both proposed a Rush Street Gaming-run project. The remaining two RFPs - and perhaps the headline-stealers - both came from Bally's Corporation. The five proposals from four development groups represent a triumph for Lightfoot's…
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Chicago gets 5 casino proposals

Developers submitted five proposals to operate casinos in Chicago, bringing the city one step closer to a potential big revenue boost and achieving a goal that has eluded local mayors for decades. Still, the project will have to clear major hurdles in the coming months as Mayor Lori Lightfoot's administration sorts through the proposals and picks a…
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Planned Chicago integrated resort won’t be developed by a Las Vegas company

The developer of Chicago's first integrated resort won't have a Las Vegas address. Responses to a request for proposals were announced late Friday by the city, the country's third-largest metropolitan area with 9.5 million residents. Five proposals from four different companies were announced. Replies came from: Bally's Corp., which submitted two…
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City of Chicago Receives Five Bids For Downtown Casino License

As poker hands go, the city of Chicago was dealt a promising opener for suitors to build a downtown casino: two pairs and a wild card. The city announced Friday it had received five bids in response to its Request for Proposals (RFP) issued in April. The deadline was originally established in August, but extended earlier in the summer to allow…
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5 Proposals Submitted for Chicago’s First Casino Resort

Chicago became one step closer to bringing slots to the Windy City Friday as it received five proposals from developers seeking to building Chicago's first casino resort. Proposals were initially supposed to be due in August, but Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced an extension to Friday, giving potential bidders more time to assess the opportunity. The…
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Five bids submitted for Chicago casino, from Hard Rock, Bally’s and Rush Street Gaming

Mayor Lori Lightfoot's Chicago casino game will be five-card draw. Lightfoot's office on Friday announced the city received five proposals from a total of four development groups looking to build and operate the big-city mega-casino that city officials have been trying to land for decades. After pushing back the original summer bidding deadline - a…
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Bidders Submit Five Proposals For Chicago’s First Casino

CHICAGO (CBS) - After Mayor Lori Lightfoot gave potential bidders an extra two months to submit formal plans for building a Chicago casino, the city has received five proposals from four different bidders, and will now begin the process of choosing who will operate the city's first casino. The mayor opened up the bidding process for the city's…
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