December 2, 2020 Casino, Legal, Land-Based

MGM, Wynn among operators to offer input to Chicago casino plans

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MGM Resorts International and Wynn Resorts are among the operators to participate in a Request For Information summary regarding Chicago’s long-awaited casino.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot delivered an RFI to operators and developers as part of the City of Chicago’s efforts to probe where to put its first casino and what amenities to include.

Hard Rock International and Rush Street Gaming were the other operators to respond. Developers included D3 Reality, Development Management Associations, JDL and R2 Companies. One casino financier, MGM Growth Properties, also responded.

Those who responded said that the current Covid-19 pandemic “will have no or a minimal impact on the casino facility given the timing for selection and licensing of the casino operator and construction of the casino complex.”

However, automatic entry, contactless check in and thermal imaging technologies should be incorporated into the casino’s design according to the respondents.

Nearly all respondents believe the casino should be built in or near downtown. Access by car, mass transit, and foot with adequate parking were among the top factors in choosing where to locate the property.

“Respondents seemed somewhat split on whether the City or casino operator should select the casino location,” the summary said.

Respondents suggest the casino be in the range of 100,000 sq. ft. to 200,000 sq. ft. with 25,000 sq. ft. to 30,000 sq. ft. designated for multipurpose space, which can be used for conventions, concerts and other special events.

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