Joliet, Aurora Hollywood Casinos On Move: Penn Gaming Confirms – Patch

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JOLIET, IL — Nearly one year after Joliet Patch broke an exclusive story revealing that Hollywood Casino was looking to relocate its gambling casino and hotel to the new Rock Run Crossings development in Joliet near Interstates 55 and 80, Penn Entertainment Inc. confirmed the news.

On Monday morning, Penn also announced it will be moving its Hollywood Casino in downtown Aurora to a different location as well.

“Since the change in law to permit land-side casino relocation in Illinois, we have been exploring the viability of relocating our aging riverboats in Aurora and Joliet,” announced Jay Snowden, chief executive officer and president of PENN Entertainment, according to Monday morning’s news story by Business Wire.

“In Joliet, our planned casino will be located in the Rock Run Crossings development mixed use project in close proximity to the I-80 and I-55 interchange, which offers exceptional visibility and accessibility,” Snowden declared Monday.” These two projects will significantly improve our offerings in the highly attractive Chicagoland market while creating hundreds of new full-time jobs for the local communities.

“Our plan for Aurora is to construct a modern, best-in-class casino and hotel in an ideal location off I-88 that will allow us to serve the millions of visitors to the adjacent Simon Premium Outlet Mall.”

“PENN intends to develop a new land-based casino as part of the Rock Run Crossings development project in Joliet, which is adjacent to the I-80 and I-55 interchange and several miles from the current Hollywood Casino Joliet riverboat property which it would replace. The project, with an estimated budget of $185 million, is expected to include a modern, best-in-class casino with approximately 800 slots and 45 live table games including a baccarat room, a Barstool Sportsbook, high quality bars and restaurants, approximately 10,000 square feet of meeting areas and an event center. Construction of the new property is expected to begin in late 2023, subject to regulatory approval.”

Aurora Development Project

“PENN intends to develop a new land-based casino and hotel adjacent to the Chicago Premium Outlets mall, near Exit 119 off I-88 in Aurora, which would replace the current Hollywood Casino Aurora riverboat property. The development, with an estimated budget of $360 million, is expected to include a modern, best-in-class casino and hotel with approximately 900 slots and 50 live table games including a baccarat room and a poker room, a Barstool Sportsbook with the ability to host popular Barstool personalities and approximately 200 hotel rooms. In addition, the property will feature a full-service spa, high-quality bars and restaurants, approximately 10,000 square feet of meeting areas and an event center. Construction of the new property is expected to begin in late 2023, subject to city and regulatory approval.”

On Monday morning, Penn also announced it will be moving its Hollywood Casino in Aurora to another location as well. Image via Google Maps

Penn Gaming’s CEO said the Aurora development will include the transfer of certain parcels of land from the city of Aurora and up to $50 million of the project will be funded by the city through a new bond issuance, all of which is subject to final approval by the Aurora City Council.

Last November, Joliet Patch published a story headlined, “Is Hollywood Casino Moving To New Joliet Location?”

The Cullinan Properties development of Joliet’s Rock Run Crossings along Interstate 55 got off to a slow start and has been in the news for about a decade. However, there has been substantial work taking place at the property along the southeast frontage road since October 2020.

Joliet’s Hollywood Casino is located at 777 Hollywood Boulevard, but with hundreds of acres of surrounding land being gobbled up for industrial development, operators of the Joliet casino may be looking to move elsewhere, Patch’s story reflected.


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