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Rivers Casino reaches milestone in $87 million expansion project

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  • Gary Mayberry of Pepper Construction carefully moves the final steel beam into position Monday as Rivers Casino reached a milestone in the $87 million expansion in Des Plaines. Thousands of signatures adorned the final beam.

    Gary Mayberry of Pepper Construction carefully moves the final steel beam into position Monday as Rivers Casino reached a milestone in the $87 million expansion in Des Plaines. Thousands of signatures adorned the final beam.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • A 22-table poker room will be among the new features in a two-story, 78,000-square-foot addition to Rivers Casino Des Plaines. The poker room is expected to open in spring 2022.

    A 22-table poker room will be among the new features in a two-story, 78,000-square-foot addition to Rivers Casino Des Plaines. The poker room is expected to open in spring 2022.
    Courtesy of Rivers Casino Des Plaines

  • Des Plaines Mayor Andrew Goczkowski adds his name to the thousands of others signatures that adorn the final steel beam for Rivers Casino's two-story addition.

    Des Plaines Mayor Andrew Goczkowski adds his name to the thousands of others signatures that adorn the final steel beam for Rivers Casino's two-story addition.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • A new restaurant is included in the $87 million addition under way at Rivers Casino Des Plaines.

    A new restaurant is included in the $87 million addition under way at Rivers Casino Des Plaines.
    Courtesy of Rivers Casino Des Plaines

  • Works install the final steel beam for the 78,000-square-foot expansion of Rivers Casino Des Plaines. The two-story addition will include a poker room, events ballroom and a new restaurant.

    Works install the final steel beam for the 78,000-square-foot expansion of Rivers Casino Des Plaines. The two-story addition will include a poker room, events ballroom and a new restaurant.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Thousands of signatures cover the final structural steel beam put in place Monday as part of the $87 million expansion of Rivers Casino Des Plaines. The beam was installed during a topping off ceremony.

    Thousands of signatures cover the final structural steel beam put in place Monday as part of the $87 million expansion of Rivers Casino Des Plaines. The beam was installed during a topping off ceremony.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • A crane lifts into place the final steel beam installed Monday as part of he 78,000-square-foot expansion of Rivers Casino Des Plaines.

    A crane lifts into place the final steel beam installed Monday as part of he 78,000-square-foot expansion of Rivers Casino Des Plaines.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report

The expansion of Rivers Casino Des Plaines reached a milestone Monday when local officials, members of the building trades and casino executives celebrated the placement of the final structural steel beam during a topping off ceremony.

The $87 million, 78,000-square-foot expansion will include a poker room, additional slots, an events ballroom and a new restaurant. The 725 additional gambling positions will bring the casino's total to 2,000, the maximum allowed by the state.

"We are investing in the property to provide our guests more dining amenities, more entertainment, more gaming options, and what will be the Midwest's best poker room," said Corey Wise, senior vice president and general manager of Rivers Casino.

The expansion will open in two phases. The first, set to open over the winter, will be the ground-level addition housing a new restaurant and an expanded gaming floor for slots and table games.

The second-floor addition, expected to open in spring 2022, will feature a 22-table poker room, a 10,000-square-foot ballroom for private events and live entertainment, and a slot machine gaming area.

The new space will be located between the existing casino building and recently-enlarged parking garage on the north side of the property at 3000 S. River Road.

The casino is hiring 400 employees, including 250 table game dealers, for the expansion.