Bally’s temporary casino at Medinah Temple is officially open for business as of 8:00 am this morning. Located along N. Wabash Ave, the temporary casino will be open 8:00am - 5:00 am seven days a week, with plans to extend hours to a full 24 hours.
Bally’s received the issuance of a temporary gaming permit after a series of trial runs this week for state regulators to oversee the operation before opening. The temporary casino will offer patrons 750 slot machines, 55 table games, two restaurants, and a cafe.
According to Block Club Chicago, Bally’s has made adjustments to its operating plan. Plans for valet parking have been eliminated and Bally’s won't be contracting with any charter buses to bring people to the casino by bus.
While the temporary casino is operational, Bally’s will be constructing the $1.7 billion permanent casino and entertainment complex at 777 W. Chicago. Once opened, the permanent complex will include the casino space with 3,400 slots and 173 table games, 10 food and beverage venues, a 3,000-seat theater and event space, a 20,000 square foot exhibition and museum venue, and a 500-key hotel tower at the north end of the site. The complex’s interior spaces will be complemented with more than 10 acres of outdoor space that include a park for the community with various outdoor programming planned for the site.
Construction of the permanent complex is set to begin in late 2024, with the completion set for 2026.