Officials of a company that operates casinos on behalf of a Native American tribe in Alabama said Wednesday they will seek a license to open a casino in East Hazel Crest and Homewood.
Wind Creek Hospitality officials said the initial phase of the project, estimated to cost $275 million, would include a 64,000-square-foot casino, entertainment venue for live music, three restaurants and two bars.
The facility would be built on a 24-acre site southwest of the interchange of Interstate 80 and Halsted Steet. More than half the site is in East Hazel Crest, and that suburb and Homewood, which has the rest of the property, would share in a portion of casino revenue, as would dozens of other area communities.
Wind Creek is a subsidiary of PCI Gaming Authority Inc., which manages 10 casinos and other gambling properties on behalf of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.
Expansion of gambling in Illinois is opening the door to the possibility of several south suburbs seeking a license, and communities including Calumet City, Country Club Hills, Crestwood and Matteson have expressed interest in pursuing a casino. Separately, plans are progressing for a combination harness racing track and casino in Tinley Park.
Homewood will hold a public […]