New renderings have emerged after Bally’s Chicago was forced to redesign the casino and hotel tower after finding out that caissons for the proposed tower would potentially damage municipal water management infrastructure pipes near the Chicago River.
The new renderings confirm reports from Bally’s Chairman Soo Kim that the tower will be relocated from the north end of the site. The findings came to light after Bally’s began a detailed exploration of the foundation needs for the 500-room tower.
With Gensler on board for the design of the casino, the redesign places 100 hotel rooms in a three-story structure atop the casino complex's northeast corner, with the remaining 400 rooms coming in a second-phase building. A diagram shows Bally's is considering one of the possible high-rise locations west of the casino for the future hotel rooms.
A foundation permit that has been filed lists a four-story casino building with a 100-key hotel and events center. Bally’s Chairman Soo Kim has said the redesign would not delay the 2026 opening of the casino.