All casinos in Illinois will have to comply with the Riverboat Gambling Act, passed in 1990, which will specify that any gambling establishment in this state have to feature its gaming area on top of a body of waterway. While no casinos can be found in Chicago, despite its nearest location to Lake Michigan, visitors or gamblers will be able to find a few of these riverboat casinos within a fifty-mile drive of the metro area, which will include two in Indiana – which has kind of the same requirement – and two right along the Fox River.
East Chicago – Indiana
The nearest casino to the greater Chicago region is in Indiana. The Ameristar Casino Hotel is twenty five miles away, just across the state border on the Lake Michigan shores. The 56-000-square-foot casino will sit on the water and will feature video poker, roulette, poker, blackjack and table games such as craps or Spanish 21. The Ameristar has an entire floor devoted to baccarat. The fifteen-story hotel has almost 300 rooms, will connect directly with the casino and will feature various amenities such as currency exchange, check cashing and fitness center. Ameristar has its very own sports bar, Amerisports, along with four other restaurants.
Gary – Indiana
If you should drive one mile past Ameristar you will arrive in Gary, which is home of the Majestic Star Casino, near Lake Michigan, having its casino area on a small lake. The Majestic Star will have more than 2.000 slots and video poker machines which will accept bets as large as $100, at this time. Plus, gamblers are able to enjoy traditional table games or rarer contests such as Fortune Pai Gow; Majestic Star will have a baccarat room as well. This specific casino has it very own hotel, with some rooms which will overlook Lake Michigan, three dining options and entertainment in the Lakeshore Lounge.
About 40 miles west of Chicago city will be found the Grand Victoria Casino, with its casino sitting along the Fox River. This casino will feature over 1.100 slot machines, as well as video poker machines, blackjack, roulette or Caribbean Stud poker. The casino will be open twenty two hours per game, as it will close each and every morning for maintenance. The Grand Victoria has 4 restaurants on site – the Grand Victoria Buffet, Prime Burgerhouse, Crave Deli and Buckingham`s Steakhouse and Lounge. The Grand Victoria has its very own banquet area and valet parking as well.
It is a forty-mile drive west from Chicago to Aurora so you may enjoy the Hollywood Casino Aurora, which will be located on an island in the center of the Fox River. The Hollywood has a Texas Hold`Em poker area, along with other well known table games. Plus, it provides a range of video poker machines and slots which will allow bets as high as $25 at this time. The casino will provide three distinct restaurants – the Take Two Deli, Fairbanks Steakhouse and the Epic Buffet. This casino doesn`t have an on site hotel.