RFP: Chicago for City’s First Casino-Resort

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Holder of Single Owner’s License to Select Project Site, Pending City’s Approval; City Aims for New Entertainment Destination to Open by 2025

CHICAGO – The City of Chicago today officially issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the opportunity to apply for the sole casino license in the country’s third-largest metropolitan market. The selected partner will be able to propose its optimal site for the project, pending the approval by the City. Chicago aims to welcome the new casino-resort by 2025. 

The RFP is available at  

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“After years of planning, we are beyond excited to begin the RFP process for Chicago’s first casino,” said Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot. “We look forward to collaborating with world-class operators to develop a premier entertainment destination that will catalyze growth in our dynamic economy, create sustainable, good-paying jobs for our workforce and bring new financial opportunities to our businesses.” 

The Chicago casino project is currently one of the  most attractive casino-resort development opportunities in the country. A global gateway city with 9.5 million area residents, Chicago welcomed 60 million domestic and 1.5 million international visitors in 2019. The potential gaming operator will be able to incorporate its property into the City’s vibrant cultural scene, robust public transit infrastructure and highly diversified economy. Additionally, a significantly lower tax rate was made available to a potential operator due to the passing of Public Act 101-648.  

The holder of the Chicago owner’s license can operate a temporary casino for up to 24 months (subject to a 12-month extension) and, thereafter, a permanent casino located in the City. In addition to a casino, the gaming enterprise also will have the opportunity to operate slot machines at Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) and Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD). All applicants selected through the RFP process then must apply to the state for the owner’s license and meet the state’s licensing requirements. 

The City is seeking an entertainment and gaming destination to enhance the urban fabric of the surrounding neighborhood. Required elements include a casino-resort with 500 hotel rooms or less, meeting space, restaurants, bars, entertainment venues and more. The RFP’s core project goals include:  

The RFP includes several specific requirements that must be met, including a comprehensive plan demonstrating how the applicant intends to meet or exceed these specific goals: 

The tentative timeline for the RFP is: 

Applicants may submit written questions concerning the RFP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the subject line must state, “City of Chicago, RFP Question(s).”