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Weigh In On Chicago’s Bally’s Casino Plan At Meetings Tuesday And Next Week

The meetings come as neighbors push for a seat at the table as the city and Bally's develop the $1.7 billion casino and resort.

A rendering shows what a Bally's casino planned for Tribune Publishing could look like. The Bally's plan is one of five proposals the city is considering.
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CHICAGO — Chicagoans can give feedback on the city’s plan for a Bally’s casino during meetings Tuesday night and next week.

The city’s public meetings are 6-8 p.m. Tuesday and Monday in person and online. Attendees will discuss project updates for Bally’s $1.7 billion riverfront casino and resort, which will replace the Tribune Publishing site in River West.

The meetings will be livestreamed online. Project updates include “design, traffic and safety for the temporary casino site and updates to the planned development,” according to a news release.

Tuesday’s meeting is at VOCO Hotel, 350 W. Wolf Point Plaza Building 1, with registration here. Monday’s meeting will be at the Tribune Publishing Plant, 700 W. Chicago Ave., with registration here.

Bally’s will launch a temporary casino at River North’s Medinah Temple in spring 2023, and the permanent casino is expected to open in 2026.

After heavy skepticism and scrutiny, the casino was ultimately approved by City Council in May.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot launched a Casino Community Advisory Council in September after neighbors slammed the approval process and pushed to negotiate plans directly with Bally’s.

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