The Illinois Gaming Board grants Bally’s Casino a permanent license

The Illinois Gaming Board grants Bally’s Casino a permanent license

The Illinois Gaming Board approved Bally’s Permanent Owner’s License as a final step of review before Bally’s Corporation can begin construction and operate the $1.7 billion permanent casino redevelopment at River West.


Bali CasinoSolomon Cordwell Bowens and Gensler

As the first urban casino, the entertainment complex will include casino space with 3,400 slots and 173 table games, 10 dining and beverage venues, a 3,000-seat theater and event space, a 20,000-square-foot gallery and museum, and a 500-plus main hotel tower at the north end of the site. . The complex’s interior spaces will be complemented by more than 10 acres of outdoor space that includes a community park with several outdoor programs planned for the site.


Bali CasinoSolomon Cordwell Bowens and Gensler

The project’s ownership team includes Bally’s Corporation and its minority ownership community investment programs. Solomon Cordwell Buenz Architects are leading the masterplan in collaboration with V3 Firms, Gensler and Site Design Group. Gensler undertook the architecture for the entire complex, except for the hotel tower, for which Solomon Cordwell Bowens would be the architect. Site Design Group will be the landscape architect, SOSH Architects will lead the casino interior design, STL Architects will lead the theater interior design, and local firms UrbanWorks and Nia Architects are serving as associated architects.


Bali Casino in Medina TempleLuke Kugler/Urban Chicago

The Illinois Gaming Board also approved an extension of Bally’s temporary operating license at Medina Temple for a maximum of three years, allowing the facility to remain open through September 9, 2026. According to Alderman Riley’s office, they confirmed that Bally’s lease at Medina Temple expires in 2026. Neither the Owner nor the IGB will allow any extensions.


Bali Casino in Medina TempleLuke Kugler/Urban Chicago

Bally’s pop-up casino at Medina Temple officially opened again on September 9 and will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. seven days a week, with plans to extend operating hours to a full 24 hours. The temporary casino will provide patrons with 750 slot machines, 55 table games, two restaurants and a cafĂ©.


Bali Casino in Medina TempleLuke Kugler/Urban Chicago

With the necessary approvals in place for a permanent Bally’s Casino, construction is expected to begin after July 2024 when the Chicago Tribune printing plant takes over. This timeline will give them only about two years to build the permanent facility before their operating license for the Medina Temple expires in September 2026.

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