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Bally's Corporation has entered into a ground lease on the site of its future Bally's Chicago casino development

Bally’s Gets the Nod to Develop Chicago Casino 

The Lightfoot administration has selected Bally’s Corporation to be the recipient of its sole casino license and the developer to create a casino-resort on the site of the Tribune Publishing Center.  The Bally’s proposal beat out plans from Hard Rock International and Rush Street Gaming. 

“We are confident that Bally’s Tribune Publishing Center development will shore up the city’s pension funds, create thousands of good-paying jobs, and lead to a bright financial future for our city,” said Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.  

The proposal from Bally’s entails a $1.7-billion casino project and hotel on a portion of the current industrial Tribune Publishing Center. It includes a 3,000-seat theater; an Immerse Agency exhibition experience; an extension of the Riverwalk; pedestrian bridge; a 500-key hotel tower; an outdoor park; an outdoor music venue; an amenity terrace featuring a pool spa, fitness center and sun deck; and six restaurants, cafes and a food hall.


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