Illinois Casinos

Your guide to casino gaming in Illinois

Illinois online casinos are currently not legal, but there’s a chance that will change in the future. State lawmakers debated several bills in 2023, and more could be coming in 2024.

While we wait for Illinois to legalize online casinos, IL residents happily have an alternative. The Prairie State does allow Sweepstakes and Social online casinos. These sites are legal and offer the same or similar slots as you’d find in land-based and online casinos. What makes them legal is that Sweepstakes sites do not use real money to bet. Sweepstakes casinos use ‘Sweeps Coins’ instead of dollars. Most sites allow players to redeem Sweeps Coins for cash prizes when they win.

If real money gaming is what you are looking for, Illinois has 15 casinos across the state to choose from.

We’ll keep you updated on the status of online casinos in Illinois, including any legislation that could expand the industry and provide more in-state gambling options.

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Latest updates

Updated Feb. 22, 2024

Although DraftKings CEO Jason Robins recently called Illinois a “dark horse” for online casino legalization, lawmakers have made it clear that iGaming is not a priority for the Illinois Legislature in 2024. Two carryover bills from 2023 were recently reassigned to committees, but it appears those moves weren’t much more than formalities.

For now, Illinois sweepstakes casinos are the best options for online casino enthusiasts who want that sort of experience. These allow you to play casino games online and use your “winnings” to be redeemed for cash prizes.

What to expect from Illinois online casinos

Online casinos are legal in Connecticut, Delaware, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. In looking at those industries, we can analyze what an Illinois online casino landscape may look like.

You can expect many of the games you see at retail casinos. This includes online slots, which already have hundreds of titles and formats and play well on a phone, tablet or computer. In addition, live dealer games have made great strides over the past few years. You’ll be able to play blackjack, craps, roulette, and other table games with an interface replicating an in-person experience as closely as possible.

Once online casinos in Illinois launch, customers can expect many familiar faces in the marketplace. FanDuel, DraftKings, BetMGM, and Caesars, among others, have online casino apps that will likely offer extensive welcome offers and promotions.

Those future Illinois online casino apps will boast plenty of deposit and withdrawal options and an extensive array of games you can play. However, that may not happen for quite some time. For now, your best online options are at sweepstakes casinos like LuckyLand IL and Chumba IL.

Illinois casinos at a glance

  • Casinos in Illinois: 15
  • Legal gambling age at Illinois casinos: 21
  • Games available at retail casinos: Slots, table games, poker, keno and retail sports betting
  • Taxes on winnings: Vary by game
  • Casino taxes: Vary by adjusted gross receipts

Illinois casinos near you

Fifteen Illinois casinos are already open, including Bally’s Chicago, a temporary casino at the Medinah Temple that began its operations earlier this year.

The following casinos operate in Illinois:

Argosy Casino Alton

Argosy Casino opened in 1991 on a small riverboat called the Alton Belle. Two years later, the larger Alton Belle II replaced its predecessor, substantially increasing the gaming positions in the boat. The casino remains on the same boat today. However, it no longer cruises as the state changed the law in 1999 to allow casino boats to stay permanently moored. While this casino doesn’t offer lodging, it does feature more than 800 slot machines and 12 gaming tables. In addition, gamblers can wager on sporting events at the self-branded retail book on board.

  • Address: 1 Piasa St., Alton, IL 62002
  • Telephone: 618-474-7500

Bally’s Chicago Casino (temporary)

Bally’s Chicago opened in September 2023 inside the former Medinah Temple. Construction on the permanent property is set to begin in 2024, with a grand opening scheduled for 2026. For now, Chicago gamblers can enjoy nearly 800 slots and 56 table games across the three-story structure. A retail sportsbook is expected to open in the near future.

  • Address: 600 N Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL, 60611
  • Telephone: 888-822-2559

Bally’s Quad Cities Casino & Hotel

Bally’s Corporation officially assumed ownership of Jumer’s in 2021 to be Bally’s Quad Cities Casino & Hotel. Representing the Illinois half of the Quad Cities, Jumer’s started as a riverboat in 1991. On-site, you’ll find a 205-room hotel, four restaurants, a poker room, a competitive offering of 25 gaming tables, and over 850 slot machines. Because of its position on the Mississippi River, this casino pulls in many guests from neighboring Iowa.

  • Address: 777 Ballys Blvd., Rock Island, IL 61201
  • Telephone: 309-756-4600

DraftKings at Casino Queen

DraftKings at Casino Queen opened in June 1993 on a boat called the White Star One. In 2007, the operations moved inland. At the same time, gaming operations significantly expanded. In 2020, DraftKings Sportsbook partnered with the casino’s management to integrate its brand into the property’s name. The companies did so to satisfy the state’s co-branding rules for online sports betting. Today, you can find a hotel, an RV park, over 1,000 slots, 30 gaming tables, and a massive retail sportsbook on the property. The complex also includes several dining options.

  • Address: 200 S. Front St., East St. Louis, IL 62201
  • Telephone: 618-874-5000

Golden Nugget Casino Danville

Golden Nugget Casino Danville opened in May 2023. It is the 13th casino to open in Illinois. The casino is home to some 500 slot machines, 14 table games, a sports bar and the Saltgrass Steak House. The table games include: blackjack, mini-baccarat, roulette, craps, 3-card poker, ultimate Texas Hold ‘Em, Mississippi Stud.

Grand Victoria Casino

Since October 1994,Grand Victoria Casino has provided casino gaming to residents of Chicago’s far northwest suburbs. The property is now one of Caesars’ many holdings throughout the country. The retail sportsbook was one of the first to open in 2020. Besides that, the casino offers several dining options, event space, over 1,100 slot machines, and 36 gaming tables. Although the casino does not have a hotel, it does have a VIP area for its most frequent patrons.

  • Address: 250 S. Grove Ave., Elgin, IL 60120
  • Telephone: 847-468-7000

Hard Rock Rockford Casino (temporary)

The permanent Hard Rock casino is in the process of being built, but a temporary casino is available in Rockford at the site of the old Giovanni’s restaurant and convention center. In July it was announced that Hard Rock would offer both a retail and online sportsbook through its Hard Rock Bet platform.

The temporary casino opened on Nov. 10, 2021, with 635 slot machines and two restaurants. The permanent Hard Rock Rockford Casino is scheduled to open in 2024.

  • Address: 610 N. Bell School Road, Rockford, IL 61107
  • Telephone: (779) 269-9010

Harrah’s Casino Joliet

Harrah’s Casino Joliet has come a long way since its beginnings on the Northern Star boat in May 1993. The gaming floor now rests on two barges that boast over 50,000 square feet. It has 31 gaming tables, over 600 slot machines, and dining options. There is also a 200-room hotel adjacent to the Des Plaines River where the barges lay. The Harrah’s poker room is closed permanently.

  • Address: 151 N. Joliet St., Joliet, IL 60432
  • Telephone: 815-740-7800

Harrah’s Metropolis Casino

If you’re looking for entertainment along the Ohio River, this property might be your best bet. 800 slot machines, 20 gaming tables, five restaurants, event space, and a 258-room hotel await you at Harrah’s Metropolis Casino. This Caesars property has been open since 1994 when investment by Merv Griffin fueled the creation of what was then called Players Island. The moored boat also offers a steakhouse to fuel your gameplay.

  • Address: 100 E. Front St., Metropolis, IL 62960
  • Telephone: 618-524-2628

Hollywood Casino Aurora

Hollywood Casino Aurora was once the first-ever casino boat for the Hollywood corporation. Now it is a Penn National Gaming holding. With continuous operation since 1993, it’s also one of the oldest properties in IL.

The boat moored along the Fox River boasts 26 gaming tables and over 1,100 slot machines in more than 53,000 square feet of gaming space. It also features three restaurants and lodgings adjacent to the boat.

Penn is now in the process of moving the Aurora casino to a new land-based facility. Construction began Nov. 29, 2023.

  • Address: 1 W. New York St., Aurora, IL 60506
  • Telephone: 630-801-7000

Hollywood Casino Joliet

Hollywood Casino Joliet was once known as the Empress Casino, starting operation in 1992. Since Penn National acquired the Hollywood brand in 2005, it did a major renovation completed in 2009. Onboard the boat you’ll find a retail sportsbook, five restaurants, 18 gaming tables, and more than 1,100 slot machines. There is a 100-room hotel adjacent to the boat as well.

Penn is now in the process of moving the Joliet casino to a new land-based facility. Construction began in late 2023.

  • Address: 777 Hollywood Blvd., Joliet, IL 60436
  • Telephone: 815-744-9400

Par-A-Dice Casino

Located in the middle of the state, Par-A-Dice Casino is a casino boat docked on Peoria Lake. There’s something for everyone: a hotel, several restaurants, a retail sportsbook, 25 gaming tables, and over 800 slot machines.

  • Address: 21 Blackjack Blvd., East Peoria, IL 61611
  • Telephone: 309-698-7711

Rivers Casino

The closest casino to Chicago proper, Rivers Casino, enjoys its position just minutes away from O’Hare International Airport. In March and April 2020, its proprietary sportsbook brand BetRivers became the state’s first legal retail and online sportsbook. It has all the trappings with six dining options, 65 gaming tables, and over 1,000 slot machines. The casino does not have lodging.

  • Address: 3000 S. River Road, Des Plaines, IL 60018
  • Telephone: 847-795-0777

The Temporary by American Place Casino

The Temporary by American Place Casino, opened in February 2023 in Waukegan. The Temporary features some 1,000 slot machines, 50 table games and three restaurants. Full House Resorts has partnered with Circa Sportsbook to offer a sports betting facility, but that won’t open until later in 2023. When it does, Circa Sportsbook will also launch online. It will become the eighth Illinois sportsbook. The permanent American Place casino is expected to open in 2025.

  • Address: 4011 Fountain Square Place Waukegan, IL 60085
  • Telephone: 773-477-9515
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Permanent site projected opening: 2025
  • Cost: $375 million

Walker’s Bluff Casino

Located in the southern part of the state, midway between St. Louis and Nashville, the Walker’s Bluff Casino Resort is a $147 million, 190,000-square-foot facility near Carterville. The facility, which opened on Aug. 25, 2023, has 650 slots, 14 table games, a 113-room hotel, five restaurants and a 1,200-seat event center.

  • Address: 777 Walker’s Bluff Way, Carterville, IL, 62918
  • Telephone: 618-993-7777
  • Cost: $147 million
  • Employment: 300 full and part-time jobs

Illinois casinos on the way

Hard Rock Casino Rockford

hard rock rockford

  • Temporary Casino: Yes, currently open and located at old Giovanni’s Restaurant & Convention Center
  • Permanent Site:  Intersection of State Street and I-90 in Rockford
  • Size: 64,000 square feet of gaming space
  • Cost: $310 million
  • Employment: 1,000 full and part-time jobs
  • Features: Hard Rock Live entertainment venue, various bars and restaurants

Wind Creek Casino Homewood/East Hazel Crest

  • Temporary Casino: No
  • Permanent Site: Near Interstate 80 on Halsted Street
  • Size: 69,160 square feet
  • Cost: $440 million
  • Employment: 800 full- and part-time jobs
  • Slots: 1,350
  • Table Games: 56
  • Features: Skyline lounge, an entertainment center, bars, restaurants and a four-diamond hotel

Illinois casinos and responsible gambling

The Illinois Gaming Board offers a self-exclusion program throughout the state. Gambling companies (including Illinois casinos) are forbidden from accepting wagers or marketing to players on that self-exclusion list.

If you have a gambling problem, help is available. The Illinois Council on Problem Gambling can connect you with a local counselor. The National Problem Gambling Helpline, at 1-800-GAMBLER, is another great resource. Gamblers Anonymous also has an Illinois chapter. Their statewide phone number is 855-222-5542.

Illinois casino FAQ’s

No, online casinos have yet to be legalized in Illinois.

It’s hard to say. The good news is that three online casino bills were proposed during the 2023 legislative session. However, two were voted down, and a third was killed in committee. For now, your best option is at an Illinois sweepstakes casino. Sweepstakes casinos like LuckyLand and Chumba offer online slots and other casino games.

You must be 21 or older to gamble at an Illinois casino.

There is one casino in Chicago. Bally’s Chicago’s temporary casino is at the Medinah Temple. The full casino will open in 2026 at the former printing plant of The Chicago Tribune.

Yes. Illinois gambling taxes vary by game, though, as do the minimum reporting thresholds.

Taxes paid by casinos are based on adjusted gross receipts. A casino could pay as little as 22.5% or as much as 74.7% on slot machine revenue, and anywhere from 15% to 35% on table game profits. This sliding scale was approved in 2020.

No, but that wasn’t always the case. The Riverboat Gambling Act, signed in 1990, required casinos in Illinois to be on the water. The legislation was altered in 1999 to allow casinos to be permanently moored. Twenty years later, in 2019, the Gaming Expansion Law was signed, which allowed casinos to be built on land.

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