Wind Creek Breaks Ground For Suburban Cook County Casino In Illinois
Wind Creek broke ground for a new casino in Cook County, Illinois. The project is expected to be completed in September 2023. Hard Rock is the only other operator currently operating a casino. Illinois lost $331 million annually in gaming revenue to Indiana. Hard Rock has been operating in Rockford since November. Bally's applied for Chicago's downtown casino license. It was rejected. Governor Pritzker signed a gaming expansion bill in June 2019. He signed it with sports betting. Wind Creek estimated creating 600 new construction jobs and generating $155 million in revenue by 2025.
Wind Creek's $440 million casino is going to open in June 2024. The first phase of the project includes a 252-room hotel with 53 suites. Wind Creek and the villages announced the creation of a Southland Public Benefit Fund. It will distribute $150,000 annually in scholarships for disadvantaged students and $1 million annually when the total amount invested among all partners reaches $20 million. Hard Rock Northern Indiana generated $372 million in revenue in its first 12 months of operation.
Wind Creek Hospitality Breaks Ground For Suburban Cook County Casino In Illinois.