Some aldermen said they need more time to analyze late-arriving financial numbers and traffic studies, but the mayor says the city desperately needs the cash for the 2023 budget.
"This project is good for our business environment in Chicago, and is going to keep us nationally and globally competitive," said Chicago Deputy Mayor Samir Mayekar. "I will remind everyone that New York is currently exploring a casino RFP that they'll set out. And our peer cities that we compete with for tourists – like Sydney, London, Singapore – these cities all offer gaming."
The casino complex would be built at Chicago and Halsted on the site of the Chicago Tribune's printing plant with a temporary casino in the old Medinah Temple building in River North opening as soon as next year.