Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has said that they are considering five different sites for a casino in Chicago.
Earlier last month Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a massive gambling expansion bill which allows for six different casinos at different locations in the state.
While the City of Rockford has already announced the details and has initiated the Request For Proposal (RFP) process, after missing the first deadline, Chicago has now got an independent consultant to conduct a feasibility study.
The Illinois Gaming Board has announced that they have chosen Vegas-based Union Gaming to conduct a feasibility study for a casino in Chicago; however, the consultant was to be chosen by Monday last week which took them until Friday.
Union Gaming has 45 days to complete the research and submit it to the city council. The city would have another 90 days to propose and bring changes according to the report. It would also have the power to alter the regulations related to the licensing of casino in Chicago.
In his statement to the press, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said: “While a Chicago casino had been talked about for more than 30 years, today we are moving forward to ensure the new casino is viable for Chicago and all of its communities.”
The five sites that are being looked upon for a possible Chicago casino are:
– Harborside, located at 111th and Bishop Ford Freeway
– The site of the former Michael Reese Hospital, at 31st and Cottage Grove
– Pershing and State Street
– Roosevelt and Kostner
– The former U.S. Steel parcel at 80th and Lake Shore Drive.