Bally’s Chicago Casino Open for Business
After years in the making, Bally’s unveiled a casino in Chicago. The initial facility is just a temporary venue as gamblers wait for a full-scale resort property to open in 2025 or 2026. The new 34,000-square-foot casino offers 800 slots and 56 table games.
“I talk about how Chicago is the greatest freakin’ city in the world, and for those who did not know, now they know,” Mayor Eric Johnson (D) said during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the venue. “And attractions like Bally’s continue to show why we are beloved and why we’re a destination for visitors from all over the globe.”
The temporary casino is expected to produce 700 jobs and $50 million in tax annual revenue. The property is located in Medinah Temple, in the city’s Magnificent Mile corridor just to the north of the Chicago River. As for the permanent casino, Bally’s is building a $1.7 billion casino at Freedom Center in the River West area. Gamblers will find 3,400 slots, 170 table games, a 500-room hotel, a 3,000-seat entertainment venue, six restaurants, a food court, three bars and more. The project is expected to break ground next year.