Could Slot Machines Be Coming to Chicago’s Airports?

by Anthony Losanno
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There are currently two airports in the United States that have slot machines: Las Vegas Harry Reid International Airport (LAS) and Reno–Tahoe International Airport (RNO). That could soon change if one-armed bandits are allowed inside Chicago’s Midway (MDW) and O’Hare International Airport (ORD).

Bally’s Casino Chicago is currently housed in the Medinah Temple Building (which used to house Bloomingdale’s Home). It will be moving to a much larger space in the next few years once its built on the North Branch of the Chicago River. This casino will be huge with 4,000 slots and the certainty to make driving on North Halsted Street impossible.

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With the same stroke of a legislative pen, the law that’s allowing this casino in the city could also make it possible to have slot machines added to the Chicago-area airports. The Chicago Sun Times estimates that this addition could generate nearly $37 million annually. That would generate more revenue than those found in Las Vegas and Reno airports.

Pennsylvania also passed legislation a few years ago that would allow for airport gaming, but no further action has taken place there. My money is on Chicago having slots before an airport in Pennsylvania.

Anthony’s Take: I’m anxiously awaiting the new Bally’s in Chicago. It will be a fun place to visit, but the traffic not far from where I live is going to be a nightmare. I’d welcome slots at the Chicago-area airports and the revenue they would bring.

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