December 13th, 2019.
Client: Rivers Casino
Source: Daily Herald
“Casino owners Rush Street Gaming and Churchill Downs Inc. are awaiting new Illinois Gaming Board rules and regulations on sports betting, and the release of applications for a $10 million sports betting license. That could come by the board’s next meeting on Thursday.
But casino officials Waiting for state approval, Rivers Casino tees up planned sportsbook say they wanted to be ready before then, so they spent the last three-and-a-half months transforming the former Cube nightclub and special event lounge.
The refurbished bar’s marquee feature is a state-of-the-art 47-foot-wide ultra HD LED video wall — allowing fans to watch as many as 27 games at a time, depending on the configuration of the adjustable mega screen. There are 14 other TVs throughout the lounge, 32 leather lounge chairs and a full-service island bar. More than two dozen bar seats have video gambling touch screens.”
Read full article via the Daily Herald.
November 21st, 2019
Client: Gallagher Way / Chicago Cubs
Source: NBC5 Chicago.
“It will be a winter wonderland at Chicago’s Wrigley Field over the next few months, and all of the action kicks off on Friday as two of Gallagher Way’s biggest attractions open to the public.
Friday marks the first day that the Christkindlmarket at Wrigleyville will open its gates to the public, and those looking for some fun activities to participate in while around the ballpark will also be able to skate around the Winterland Ice Rink, which will open to skaters on Friday.”
Read full article via NBC5 Chicago.
Client: Fox Valley Developers
The Aurora City Council this week unanimously approved a development agreement with Fox Valley Developers LLC to turn the former Copley Hospital campus on the near East Side into a mix of senior living, independent apartments, education, neighborhood health care and parks.
The $128.5 million development will include $9 million in incentives from the city that could be as high as $15 million, depending on interest costs.
Mayor Richard Irvin called it the biggest investment on the East Side “in generations, maybe the largest ever.”
“Isn’t Aurora worth it?” Irvin said. “The cost of doing nothing, or even waiting another year, is a cost I’m not willing to pay. Between this public and private partnership, we can succeed where others have failed, or didn’t even try. Let’s be thinking about the future.”
Read full article via The Beacon-News.
Aug 22nd, 2019.
The owners of Illinois’ highest-grossing casino are going all-in with a proposal to operate the newly authorized casino in Waukegan.
Churchill Downs Inc. and Rush Street Gaming announced Thursday they’re among the developers vying for the north suburban casino license that’s part of Illinois’ massive gambling expansion signed into law earlier this summer.
The gambling giants jointly own Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, which generated nearly $442 million last year, more than double any of the state’s nine other existing casinos.
Their proposed Rivers Casino Waukegan would be a 1,625-gaming position parlor at Waukegan’s Fountain Square, a former shopping mall at Lakehurst Road and Northpoint Boulevard.
They say their plan will create more than 1,200 permanent jobs and 900 construction jobs while pumping more than $150 million annually into the local economy.
Read on the Chicago Sun-Times.
Client: Avalon Heights / Fox Valley Developers
Source: WBBM NewsRadio
“Plans are moving forward to redevelop what has long been an eyesore in west suburban Aurora.
For several years, buildings on the old Copley Hospital campus near Lincoln and Weston have just sat there.
It was a major blight on the community, between the overgrown weeds and the asbestos, broken windows, all the vandalism,” Michael Poulakidas of Fox Valley Developers LLC tells WBBM Newsradio.
The asbestos and lead has been removed, and the site is ready for redevelopment as a mixed-use campus that would be known as Avalon Heights. The project would include senior residences and a pharmacy.
The plan would also put the future home of School District 131 on the campus.
Poulakidas said developers hope to present their plan to the Aurora City Council by late October or early November.”
Listen to the show at WBBM Newsradio.