The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce renewed its push for casino gaming expansion in downtown Chicago – and the increase in tourism, conventions, economic development and jobs that come with it – this morning at an Illinois House of Representatives Executive Committee


Chamber member Kim Goluska, President of Chicago Consultants Studio, testified in support of the Yes! Chicago initiative, which includes a downtown casino, on behalf of the Chicagoland Chamber, Choose Chicago, the Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association, and the Chicagoland Federation of Labor. Goluska recommended building the casino in the heart of downtown, with the Thompson Center, the Congress Plaza Hotel or the top floors of Macy’s as potential landing spots.

The Yes! Chicago initiative outlines an opportunity to shape downtown Chicago as a world-class entertainment district. The plan, if successful, would keep Chicago competitive by attracting more convention and tourism business, creating jobs, supporting local businesses, increasing overnight stays, and utilizing existing infrastructure. Direct economic benefits of a downtown casino would include hundreds of millions in gaming revenue per year, 2,500 permanent casino jobs and

1,500 temporary construction jobs.

The downtown casino is just one component of a broader vision that would help enhance Chicago as a global destination. The comprehensive strategy incorporates flourishing performance and cultural arts, enhanced retail and shopping venues, and strengthened businesses and amenities.

Click here to view a Crain’s Chicago Business story on the casino debate.

Click here for more information regarding the Yes! Chicago initiative.