Chicago Casino Operators Prefer Downtown Location

Operators also indicated they would prefer a downtown site in response to the city of Chicago’s request for input on a possible Chicago casino.

A request for information inviting input from casino operators on the possible size and location of a future casino was released by Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office back in August.

A total of eleven responses were received by the city, four of which came in collaboration with Rush Street Gaming from major casino developers Hard Rock, MGM Resorts, Wynn Resorts and Related Midwest.

Eight out of the eleven respondents said a permanent position in or near the downtown area would be preferred.

Just six expressed interest in a temporary casino while constructing the permanent property, and those decided that downtown should also be the temporary site.

Harborside was listed as one of the Chicago casino’s four potential locations, but the mayor had not found a downtown spot on the shortlist of possibilities for the area.

Nonetheless, in a declaration, Mayor Lightfoot said “Thanks to the responses of nearly a dozen RFI respondents, we are not only one step closer to bringing the long-awaited Chicago casino to life, but have the critical information we need to ensure this project will be a success.”