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US – Illinois Gaming Board approves Bally’s temporary Chicago casino at Medinah Temple

By - 19 June 2023

Bally’s Corp. will be able to move foward with plans to open a temporary casino at the old Medinah Temple in River North, Chicago, by the late summer following confirmation from the Illinois Gaming Board that the project had achieved a ‘determination of preliminary suitability.’

Medinah Temple has a 134,000-square-foot interior with 3 levels and 34,000 square feet of gaming space. Tthe temporary casino will house more than 750 slot machines and more than 50 table games. It’s expected to create more than 500 jobs, while the $1.7bn permanent casino in River West is expected to create 3,000 jobs.

Bally’s stated: “We are pleased with the Preliminary Finding of Suitability today by the Illinois Gaming Board for Chicago’s first and only casino.  The ruling will enable us to continue development efforts on Bally’s Chicago Casino temporary site at the iconic Medinah Temple. As a world-class city and a global destination, Chicago provides an exceptional environment to offer outstanding amenities to visitors and residents alike.

“Bally’s Chicago will create employment opportunities for approximately 700 individuals across various professional fields, including gaming operations, hospitality, security, surveillance, janitorial services, human resources, and finance & accounting.  Bally’s strictly adheres to all guidelines provided by the Illinois Gaming Board. We appreciate the support and collaboration of the Illinois Gaming Board and look forward to contributing positively to the local community and economy through the successful operation of Bally’s Chicago Casino.”

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