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Wind Creek Illinois opens mid-2023

WIND CREEK ILLINOIS

Interstate 80/294 at Halsted Street
Homewood and East Hazel Crest, Illinois

Wind Creek Illinois will be $440 million casino and hotel in the South Suburbs area of Chicago. The projected opening date is opening in mid-2023.

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Wind Creek Illinois

Wind Creek Illinois

Wind Creek Illinois will be a $440 million casino, hotel, restaurants and entertainment center. The casino will feature a 64,000 sq-ft gaming floor with 1,300 slot machines, 56 table games, 3 restaurants, 2 bars and a skyline lounge. The hotel tower will have 250 rooms with an indoor pool and spa.

Casino Location
East Hazel Crest and Homewood
The building site is 24 acres located about 26 miles south of Chicago.

Native American Owner
The casino is owned and managed by Wind Creek Hospitality, a gaming and hospitality company owned by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians in Alabama. Wind Creek runs 10 gambling operations located in Alabama, Florida, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Curacao in the Caribbean.

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News

News Wind Creek Illinois approved by Illinois Gaming Board December 12, 2021 - A new casino is coming to the south suburbs of Chicago. This week the Illinois Gaming Board selected Wind Creek Illinois to build a casino resort in the East Hazel Crest and Homewood area ... Read more News Which tribe will build Chicagoland's south suburban casino? November 1, 2021 - The Illinois Gaming Board has selected two applicants as finalists for Cook County's south suburban casino license. The finalists are the Choctaw Nation (OK) and the Poarch Indians (AL) ... Read more News Choctaw casino plan for suburban Chicago receives unanimous local approval October 26, 2019 - The Matteson Village Board of Trustees voted 6-0 to approve the Choctaw casino proposal to build a $300 million casino hotel in suburban Chicago. ... Read more News Choctaw Nation proposes suburban Chicago casino October 24, 2019 - Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma has proposed a $300M casino, hotel and conference center to the Matteson Village Board near Chicago, Illinois. The 123,000-sq-ft casino would feature ... Read more News Wisconsin Tribe Proposes Suburban Chicago Casino October 17, 2019 - The Wisconsin Ho-Chunk Nation proposes a $300M casino and hotel in south suburban Lynwood. The proposed location is 120 acres owned by the tribe and located east of Illinois 394 ... Read more News Alabama Tribe Proposes Casino in South Suburbs of Chicago October 8, 2019 - Wind Creek Hospitality, the gaming and hospitality company of Alabama's Poarch Creek Indians, has proposed a $275M casino in the suburbs of East Hazel Crest and Homewood ... Read more

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56 table games

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3 restaurants

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History of Wind Creek Illinois

The Illinois Gaming Board received four applications for a new casino in the South Suburbs of Chicagoland. One application was rejected for a Calumet City casino proposed by Bo Jackson and partners, and another was rejected for a Lynwood casino proposed by the Ho-Chunk Nation.

Two South Suburbs casino applicantions remain under consideration by the Illinois Gaming Board. One is proposed by Wind Creek Hospitality, which is owned by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians (Alabama) and the other is proposed by the Choctaw Nation (Oklahoma).

The state gaming board will select one of these two candidates for the South Suburbs casino license:

The Illinois Gaming Board selected Wind Creek Illinois in December 2022.

SOUTH SUBURBS IL CASINO FINALISTS

November 1, 2021

Wind Creek Illinois Proposal

Wind Creek South Suburbs ProposalA rendering of proposed Wind Creek Illinois.

Wind Creek plans include a casino, hotel, restaurants, bars and an entertainment center.

LOCATION: East Hazel Crest and Homewood

APPLICANT: Wind Creek Hospitality, a gaming and hospitality company owned by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians in Alabama.

COST: $275 million

CASINO: 64,000 sq-ft casino, 1,300 slot machines, 56 table games, 3 restaurants, 2 bars and a skyline lounge.

HOTEL: 250 rooms with an indoor pool and spa.

AMENITIES: Entertainmnent center

Choctaw Proposal

Choctaw South Suburbs ProposalAn artist rendering of the Choctaw casino proposal.

The Choctaw plan includes a casino, hotel, restaurants, convention center and adjacent indoor golf and family entertainment centers.

LOCATION: Matteson at Lincoln Highway and Harlem Avenue

APPLICANT: Choctaw Nation

COST: $300 million

CASINO: 123,000 sq-ft, 2,000 slot machines, a high-end restaurant and a food court.

HOTEL: 200 rooms and convention center

AMENITIES: Indoor golf and family entertainment centers located adjacent to casino.


Rebuild Illinois Law

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 new casino and the other to a racetrack casino (racino).

  • CASINO
    The townships specified for the casino are Bloom, Bremen, Calumet, Rich, Thornton or Worth. Four applicants submitted casino proposals. After eliminating two plans, the final selection is between a Wind Creek Illinois casino proposal for Homewood-East Hazel Crest or a Choctaw Nation casino proposal for Matteson.

  • RACINO (Racetrack with casino)
    The racino must be built in Orland, Bloom, Bremen, Calumet, Rich, Thornton or Worth. A proposal to build the racino at the former Balmoral Park in Crete Township will require an amendment.

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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News Articles

Wind Creek Illinois approved by Illinois Gaming Board

December 12, 2021

A new casino is coming to the south suburbs of Chicago. This week the Illinois Gaming Board selected Wind Creek Illinois to build a casino resort in the East Hazel Crest and Homewood communities.

The new $440 million casino will feature 1,300 slot machines, 56 table games, and entertainment center and a 252-room hotel.

WATCH NOW: Wind Creek Illinois promotional video for Homewood casino - Courtesy of nwitimestv, Oct 14, 2021. Available from YouTube

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Which tribe will build Chicagoland's south suburban casino?

November 1, 2021

The Illinois Gaming Board has selected two applicants as finalists for Cook County's south suburban casino license. One of the finalists is the Wind Creek Illinois casino proposal for Homewood-East Hazel Crest. The other is the Choctaw Nation casino proposal for Matteson.

The Board eliminated a casino proposal for Calumet City submitted by Bo Jackson and partners and also a Lynwood casino proposal submitted by the Ho-Chunk Nation.

A final selection for the south suburban casino license will be made in 2022. For summaries of the two proposals, click here.

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Choctaw casino plan for suburban Chicago receives unanimous local approval

October 26, 2019

Choctaw Nation casino plan for suburban Chicago

On Oct.22 the Choctaw Nation's plan to develop a casino in Matteson was unanimously approved 6-0 the Matteson Village Board of Trustees.

The plan includes a casino, hotel, restaurants and a convention center located at the corner of Lincoln Highway and Harlem Avenue. In addition, the Choctaw Nation is partnering with two minority business enterprises (MBE) to build an indoor golf facility and a family entertainment facility next to the casino.

PROJECT SUMMARY

  • Casino with 123,000-square-feet and 2,000 gaming positions
  • High-end restaurant and a food hall
  • Hotel with 200 guest rooms
  • Convention center with 36,000 square feet for concerts, banquets and community use
  • Adjacent indoor golf and family entertainment centers

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Choctaw Nation proposes suburban Chicago casino

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.

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Wisconsin Tribe Proposes Suburban Chicago Casino

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.

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Alabama Tribe Proposes Casino in South Suburbs of Chicago

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.

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