Hard Rock among four companies vying to develop Chicago casino | Gambling

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Tony V. Martin, dossier, The Times


CHICAGO – Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced on Friday that the city of Chicago has received five proposals from four different companies to develop a casino-resort and entertainment destination using the unique gaming license awarded to Chicago by the General Assembly of the ‘Illinois in 2019.

Very few details on the various plans were made public after the 2 p.m. application deadline. The size, cost and location of each of the proposals are generally unknown.

According to the mayor’s office, the four casino companies interested in developing a casino in Chicago are:

  • Bally’s Corp., which submitted proposals for two different sites.
  • HR Chicago, a subsidiary of Hard Rock International, who submitted a single site proposal.
  • Rivers Chicago at McCormick LLC for a unique casino site operated by Rush Street Gaming LLC.
  • Rivers 78 Gaming for a single site operated by Rush Street Gaming LLC.

Hard Rock Casino President Matt Schuffert gives Times reporter Dan Carden a tour of the new Hard Rock Northern Indiana a week before it opens.






All four entities, or their management companies, have extensive gambling experience in Indiana, Illinois and elsewhere.

Bally’s (Evansville) and Hard Rock (Gary) operate casinos in Indiana, while Rush Street operates a mobile bookmaker through French casino Lick.

In Illinois, Rush Street operates the Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, Hard Rock is building a new casino in Rockford, and Bally’s operates the casino on Rock Island.