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Updated on: May 27th, 2022

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Casinos in Chicago fall part of the cities buzzing nightlife. Chicago casinos are at the top of the list of things to do when in the city. There are only nine casinos in Chicago all a few miles apart and about an hour’s drive from downtown Chicago.

Apart from the great payout casinos, Chicago is known for its baseball and basketball team. Also, the city is home to the second-highest skyscraper in the US.

Chicago casinos are the best gambling destinations in Illinois. The Indiana casinos are open for 247 while the other casinos in Illinois are not open around the clock. Players will find all their casino favorites such as slot machine, video poker, roulette, blackjack craps and more at the casinos in Chicago.

As Chicago casinos fall under two different states, players have to be aware of the gambling laws in each state. It is because of these rules and regulations that games such as Pai Gow poker, Texas Hold’em, stud poker can be found in the Illinois casinos and not in the Indiana casinos.

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Types of Casinos in Chicago

Chicago is home to several riverboat casinos. The city does not have any land-based casinos. However, the riverboat casino no longer has to sail out to offshore waters for gambling to be legal.

Every riverboat casino in Chicago remains dockside or is either housed on barges. The Chicago casinos are minutes away from lake Michigan apart from Rivers Casino which was built over a narrow pit filled with inches of water.

The Illinois gaming board regulates the casinos in Chicago and operates under the Riverboat Gambling Act. No smoking is permitted in any of the casinos unless stated otherwise. In many of the American states, players will receive free drinks from the casino.

However, this does not apply in Chicago. The gaming regulations do not permit casinos in Illinois to offer complimentary alcoholic beverages. Players have to be 21 years and over to be able to gamble in casinos in Chicago.

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Chicago Casino Locations

Five of the nine casinos in Chicago are in Illinois while the other four fall on the Indiana border. Chicago casinos are each located near local attractions. Chicago casino hotels such as Rivers Casino Des Plaines is minutes away from the O’Hare International Airport and the Des Plaines River.

Finding a casino in downtown Chicago is impossible as there are no casinos in that part of town. However, several casinos in the state are only minutes away. Both the Ameristar casino and Majestic star casino overlook Lake Michigan. Majestic Star is right on the Buffington Harbor and only 35 minutes from Downtown Chicago.

List of Casinos in Chicago


Casino Games Top Features Contact
Rivers Casino Chicago 1000 Slots

50 Table games

8 poker tables


Live Entertainment


3000 S. River Road, Des Plaines, Illinois


Harrah’s Joliet 1135 Slots

26 Table games

8 poker tables




Poker Room

151 North Joliet Street, Joliet, Illinois

815 740 7800

Ameristar Casino East Chicago 1700 Slots

72 Table games



Live entertainment


Baccarat Room


777 Ameristar Blvd.

East Chicago, IN 46312

219 378 3000

Blue Chip Casino & Hotel 1946 Slots

42 Table games

8 Poker tables



Live entertainment

Fitness center


777 Blue Chip Drive, Michigan City, IN 46360

800 994 8448

Grand Victoria Casino 1100 Slots

29 Table games

13 Poker tables


Live entertainment

250 S. Grove Ave. Elgin, Illinois

847 468 7000

Hollywood Casino Aurora 1100 Slots

26 Table games

7 Poker tables


Poker Room

Live entertainment

1 W New York St, Aurora, Illinois

630 801 1234

Hollywood Casino Joliet 1100 Slots

25 Table games




Poker Room

Live entertainment

777 Hollywood Blvd., Joliet, Illinois

888 436 7737

Horseshoe Casino – Hammond 2200 Slots

103 Table games

34 Poker tables




Live events




777 Casino Center Drive

Hammond, IN 46320

866 711 7463

Majestic Star Casino 1700 Slots

70 Table games

21 Poker tables




Poker Room


1 Buffington Harbor Drive

888 225 8259

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