Renovation permits have been issued for Medinah Temple in River North, where Bally’s has planned a temporary casino during the construction of its planned flagship location just west along the river. Originally designed by Huehl and Schmidt, the four-story structure at 600 N Wabash Avenue was built in 1912 in the Moorish Revival style.
The landmarked building long served as an auditorium meant to house up to 4,200 people. Its new programming, overseen by STL Architects, will preserve all exterior features while modifying the interior. SOSH Architects will also be involved with the inside’s design, with plans to tear down many of the partitions allowing for more open gaming floor areas.
While no new parking will be included, the interim venue will be accessible via an assortment of transit options, including bus stops for Routes 2, 3, 22, 26, 29, 36, 65, 125, 143, 146, 147, 148, 151, 157, 850, 851, 855 all within a two-block radius. The CTA Red Line is also nearby, with subway access just one-block south to Grand station.
Gilbane Building Company will be serving as the general contractor, with work expected to complete by summer 2023. The main casino is expected to open by mid-2025.