CHICAGO — As the city hunts for new revenue, officials are considering five South and West Side sites for Chicago’s first-ever casino, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Wednesday.
The sites include:
- Harborside at 111th and the Bishop Ford Freeway in Pullman
- the former Michael Reese Hospital site at 31st and Cottage Grove in Bronzeville
- a site at Pershing & State in Douglas
- a site at Roosevelt & Kostner in North Lawndale
- the former U.S. Steel/ South Works site at 80th and Lake Shore Drive
Noticeably absent from consideration is a downtown site.
The move to open a casino will bring in much-needed cash for the city’s severely underfunded pension funds and create thousands of new jobs, Lightfoot said.
“While a Chicago casino had been talked about for more than 30 years, today we are moving forward to ensure the new casino is viable for Chicago and all of its communities,” she said.
The city will now work with an independent consultant, Union Gaming, on an economic feasibility study, which is required before the city can develop a new casino in city limits.
Before a site is selected, city officials will host a series of community meetings to get feedback from residents.
Already, Ald. Sophia King (4th) said she didn’t want a casino on the Michael Reese Hospital site, according to the Daily Line.
Once a site is chosen, City Council must approve the casino plan.
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