3 locations considered for Chicago’s first casino
CHICAGO – The chips are all laid out on the table starting Tuesday night.
The city has three finalists for a possible casino site, all located primarily in the city center.
Bally’s would build a casino along the Chicago River where the Chicago Tribune Freedom Center has been based for decades.
It is located in the West Loop.
Hard Rock offers a South Loop casino near Soldier Field and McCormick Place on the west side of DuSable Lakeshore Drive.
Rivers Casino said it would build near Clark and Roosevelt in the new development at Ward 78.
Mayor Lightfoot is betting on a new casino at one of these three sites to pump money into the budget, create jobs and fair opportunities, and add to Chicago’s architectural and cultural richness.
But some locals object to living near a casino.
Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez, 25th Ward, told FOX 32 that residents fear the casino will bring more crime to the area, negatively impact home values and lead to a increased gambling addiction and traffic in an already busy area.
Lopez said a survey found that 78% of residents near location 78 did not support a casino.
The River North Residents Association also complained about potential crime, noise and traffic jams.
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You can voice your opinions in a series of public hearings this week.
The first meeting—dealing with the proposed Hard Rock Soldier Field—takes place Tuesday night at the Harold Washington Library.
There’s a meeting Wednesday at 700 West Chicago to discuss the Tribune Freedom Center site.
Meetings will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The city would like to move forward with one of these plans by early summer.