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January 28, 2010

DES PLAINES, IL - The Des Plaines planning commission Monday approved the preliminary site plans for a casino in Des Plaines. They also created a special zoning district for the casino.  The site is 20 acres fronting the Tri-State Tollway at the northwest corner of Devon Avenue and Des Plaines River Road. The proposed casino complex will total 140,000 square feet.

Des Plaines' community development committee will review the new casino zoning district this week and the City Council will vote on it in their next meeting Feb. 16.  The Des Plaines casino was first proposed at that site in 2002, and in 2008 a casino license was granted to Midwest Gaming & Entertainment to develop and operate it. This is the state's 10th and final casino.

Plans call for a first phase to build a 45,000-square-feet casino with 1,200 gambling positions. There will be 30,000 square feet of restaurants and bars. Parking includes a four-story parking garage with 1,242 spaces and 773 surface spaces. A second-story skywalk will connect the parking garage to the casino.

The casino will open in late summer/early fall 2011.

Future phases will add two new hotels. One will be 11 stories and the other 15. Total guest rooms will be 800. There are also plans for 80,000 square feet of restaurants, bars, retail space, and a second parking garage.

When all phases are finished the total project cost will be $1 billion.

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