Chicago City Council OKs Bally's casino project

Bally’s Corp. is one step closer to breaking ground on its Bally’s Chicago Casino project, with the company recently receiving zoning approval from the Chicago City Council.

Bally’s chairman, Soo Kim, called the council’s vote of support “a significant achievement and another critical step forward” in the development of Bally’s Chicago.

Billed as a “$1.7 billion destination casino, entertainment and hotel offering,” Bally’s Chicago is set to be located on a 30-acre site currently home to the Chicago Tribune Publishing Center, which sits at the intersection of Chicago Avenue and Halsted Street.

The complex is slated to house a million-square-foot casino with 3,400 slots and 170 table games, 10 food and beverage outlets, a 500-room hotel tower with a rooftop bar and a 65,000-square-foot entertainment center. Other highlights will include an outdoor music venue, outdoor green space and a public riverwalk area offering water taxi access. 

Bally’s Chicago will join Bally’s Corp.’s existing stable of 15 casinos across 10 states.

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