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Bally’s wins bid for Chicago casino

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot. (Courtesy photo)

Chicago’s first casino project is set to be built by Bally’s Corp. The casino entertainment company’s bid won out over competing bids from Hard Rock International and Rush Street Gaming. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the selection of Bally’s on May 5.

Hard Rock had proposed a $1.74 billion casino as part of a massive mixed-use project that would have been built near the Soldier Field stadium. It would have included a 500-room hotel and 3,500-seat live entertainment venue, among other amenities.

Bally’s $1.7 billion proposal is to redevelop a former Chicago Tribune plant into a gaming and entertainment destination. It is on a 30-acre site location along the Chicago River in the city’s River West neighborhood. State regulators and the Chicago City Council still need to approve the plan before work can begin.

Hard Rock operates a Hard Rock Cafe in Chicago and the Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana in Gary, about 30 miles from Chicago.

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