Bally’s Corp plan for a $1.7 billion casino in River West Chicago Illinois won the Chicago Plan Commission approval. Bally’s plan is to redevelop the site of the Chicago Tribune Freedom Center printing plant into a casino and entertainment complex. The first phase of the plan will include the casino, a 500-room hotel, nearly a dozen restaurants, an event center and a new theater. Future phases will include up to 4,800 apartments and condos, 250 hotel rooms, retail space, and a new public park. The project is expected to create 3,000 construction jobs and 3,000 permanent jobs at the casino and entertainment complex. Bally’s plans to open a temporary casino in the landmark Medinah Temple building in River North in the second quarter of 2023, with the permanent casino in River West expected to open in the first quarter of 2026. Bally’s is still awaiting license approval from the Illinois Gaming Board. Bally’s is teaming with the Chicago Community Builder’s Collective and the Chicago-based Target Group to help the procurement process across a wide array of areas, including subcontractors, vendors, suppliers, and consultants. Solomon Cordwell Buenz is the project Architect.