Penn Entertainment, City of Aurora celebrate breaking ground for Hollywood Casino Aurora

November 28, 2023

The land-based casino will take the place of its riverboat destination.

Penn Entertainment will hold a groundbreaking ceremony November 29 at 2:45PM for its latest land-based casino project. The company, in partnership with the city of Aurora, Illinois, will break ground on the future Hollywood Casino Aurora.

The new destination will replace the current riverboat casino.

Members of the Illinois General Assembly, Illinois Gaming Board and labor organizations, as well as local stakeholders, have been invited to the celebration. The Mayor of Aurora and the City Council are also on the guest list.

Company President and CEO Jay Snowden described Penn’s relationship with the city as ideal and said the company is eager to collaborate with Aurora on another project.

He commented, “We are thrilled to soon begin construction on a new, state-of-the-art Hollywood Casino Aurora.

“Our tremendous and long-lasting partnership with the City of Aurora has provided an opportunity to relocate our property to an ideal location that will significantly improve our offerings and further our positive economic impact on the community.”

The current location for Hollywood Casino Aurora on the Fox River downtown will continue its normal operating hours during the construction of its land-based counterpart. The project is expected to take nearly two years to complete.

Hollywood Casino Aurora VP and General Manager Greg Moore described moving the casino to a brick-and-mortar location as an exciting new chapter.

He commented further by saying, “We look forward to celebrating this important milestone with our team members and many key stakeholders that have helped bring us to this point.

“This is an exciting start to our next chapter, and we cannot wait to welcome residents and visitors of Chicagoland to the new Hollywood Casino Aurora when completed.”


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