More formalized renderings have been revealed for the revisions to the upcoming Bally’s casino at 777 W Chicago Avenue in River West. Last month we broke the news that the previously approved casino complex will be partially redesigned due to issues with the city’s water lines. Now the new design, led by SCB, Gensler, Site Design Group, Urbanworks, STL Architects, and NIA Architects, was approved by the city yesterday.
The original plans for the casino came after a multi-year selection process for the city’s first casino. With Bally’s opening their temporary casino late last year in the Medinah Temple in River North, which recently saw an increase in betting but decrease in attendance. Previous plans for the permanent facility included a 500-key and 500-foot-tall hotel tower on the north end of the site, scrapped last month due to coordination issues with underground water lines.
Because of this, Bally’s has redesigned the structure to include a three-story addition on top of the casino with 100 hotel rooms. The redesign also brings new green space in the area where the tower once stood, with plenty of glass added to the northern facade and main entrance of the casino building. However this has come with plenty of scrutiny from neighbors and surrounding aldermen, calling for additional community input.
It is worth noting the Department of Planning and Development has stated that the remaining 400 rooms, which were promised during the original approval process, will be built near the casino in one of three potential sites. With the hotel tower being built in a second phase. The redesign also brought changes to the main and side entrances, as well as to the overall form of the event center and theater space.
The rest of the complex remains unchanged as of now, still planning to deliver a casino with 4,000 gaming positions, multiple restaurants, museum, conference space, and over 2,500 vehicle parking spaces. The approval allows the project to move forward with its original schedule, with Bally’s seeking bidders already. The changes were reviewed by various city agencies including water and transportation prior to the approval, with phase one of the project expected to be completed in 2026.
The amended Planned Development PDF can be found here.