South Suburbs, Illinois
August 9, 2019
Under the Rebuild Illinois Law enacted in June 2019 there will be two new casino gambling licenses issued in the South Suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. One license will be issued to a casino and the other to a racetrack (racino).
The townships specified for the casino are Bloom, Bremen, Calumet, Rich, Thornton or Worth.
RACINO (Racetrack with casino)
The racino must be built in Orland, Bloom, Bremen, Calumet, Rich, Thornton or Worth.
The location of the south suburbs casino is undecided at this time. The final decision will be made by the Illinois Gaming Board.
The annual revenue of the casino is estimated at $150 million. Five percent will be shared by 43 local communities with 2% going to the hosting township and 3% split evenly amongst the other 42.
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October 24, 2019
The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma has presented a $300 million casino proposal to the Matteson Village Board.
The plan would build a casino complex in two phases. The first phase would construct a 123,000-square-foot casino with 2,000 gaming positions, an upscale restaurant and food hall. A second phase would follow at a later date that would include a 200-room hotel and 36,000-square-foot convention center.
The proposed location is 35 acres at the corner of Lincoln Highway and Harlem Avenue. The Choctaw have an option to purchase that land plus another 23 acres for future expansion. The site is easily accessed from I-57 and I-80.
If the proposal is approved by Matteson officials, it will be filed with the Illinois Gaming Board for review and a final decision. If the state board approves a casino license, the Matteson casino could open by spring 2022.
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma is the third largest Indian Nation in the United States. The tribe operates eight casinos and 15 smaller Indian gaming locations in Oklahoma.
October 17, 2019
Ho-Chunk Nation has proposed building a $300 million commercial casino and hotel on land it owns in Lynwood, Illinois. It is the site of the Southland Center sports complex which sits on a total of 120 acres.
The proposal calls for four phases of construction:
PHASE 1: The Southland Center would be converted into a temporary casino.
PHASE 2: The casino and hotel would be built adjacent to the Southland Center. The hotel would offer 300 guest rooms, restaurants and bars.
PHASE 3: The temporary casino would revert back to the Southland Center and 15,000 square-feet of space would be added for a golf simulator, indoor climbing rock wall and racquetball courts.
PHASE 4: Boutique outlet stores would be added.
The plan has been approved by the Lynwood Village Board and will now go to the Illinois Gaming Board for the final licensing decision.
October 8, 2019
A rendering of proposed casino complex, Courtesy of Wind Creek Hospitality
Wind Creek Hospitality, the gaming and hospitality company of Alabama's Poarch Creek Indians, has entered the bidding for one of two casino licenses to be issued in the South Suburbs of Chicago under the Rebuild Illinois Law enacted June 2019. The second gaming license will be issued to a racetrack.
The proposed $275 million casino would be built on a 24-acre site about 26 miles south of Chicago in the communities of East Hazel Crest and Homewood.
The first phase of construction would build a 64,000-square-foot casino with 1,300 slot machines and 56 table games. There would also be 3 restaurants, 2 bars, a skyline lounge and an entertainmnent center. The second phase would build a 251-room hotel with an indoor pool and spa.
Wind Creek Hospitality currently operates casinos in ten locations across Alabama, Pennsylvania, Florida, Nevada, Aruba and Curacao.