New 'Rivers Casino' Opening in July Near Chicago O'Hare

A new casino that's under construction in suburban Des Plaines, Ill., near Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, will open in July with the name "Rivers Casino" — a tribute to the nearby Des Plaines River — the City of Des Plaines announced last week.

"The naming of the 'Rivers Casino' marks another stepping stone in the progress and completion of the Des Plaines casino," said Des Plaines Mayor Martin J. Moylan. "We anxiously await the many opportunities that accompany its opening. The entire region will benefit as, not only will it be a source of employment for many, but it will transform the area into a tourist destination. Considering the current economy, the impact of the Rivers Casino development on our community and area becomes all the more significant."

Added Greg Carlin, CEO of Midwest Gaming and Entertainment, the project's developer, "We look forward to being a great entertainment destination for many years to come and we will be a major employer and a good neighbor for Des Plaines and the Chicagoland region."

Expected to be the nation's first LEED-certified gaming facility, the $445 million casino will total 143,000 square feet and will have 1,200 gambling positions, not to mention 30,000 square feet of bars and restaurants. Future phases will add two new hotels totaling 800 guest rooms.