TYPES OF CASINOS IN ILLINOIS
All of the casinos in Illinois are riverboat casinos, Illinois was the second state to legalize riverboat gambling and the boats began operating in September 1991 with the launching of the first boat: the Alton Belle.
Seven of the riverboat casinos in Illinois are either on boats or on docked barges. These Illinois casinos remain dockside and do not cruise. The other three casinos: Rivers in Des Plaines, Jumer”s in Rock Island, and the Casino Queen in East. St. Louis, are all land-based casinos. Interestingly, however, they all qualify as being riverboat casinos because they are all built over a shallow pit filled with a few inches of water.
Unlike Mississippi casinos, the casinos in Illinois are not open 24 hours and Illinois casino laws limit the number of gaming licenses to 10.
There are five casinos in Illinois near Chicago, two casinos towards the center of the state and three casinos in southern Illinois. See our Chicago casinos section for more details on the five properties, as well as details on some casinos in Indiana that are within a short drive of Chicago.
All casinos in Illinois are non-smoking and, unless otherwise noted, all offer: slots, video poker, blackjack, craps, roulette and three card poker. Some Illinois casinos also offer: let it ride, baccarat, mini-baccarat, poker, Ultimate Texas hold em, Caribbean stud poker, Mississippi stud, pai gow poker and four card poker.
The payback percentages on electronic gaming machines at all Illinois casinos are released as a matter of public record. Just click here to see a list of slot machine payback statistics for all Illinois casinos.
If you want to order a drink while playing, be aware that gaming regulations do not allow casinos in Illinois to provide free alcoholic beverages. The minimum gambling age is 21.
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Visit our Illinois casinos map page to see a detailed map showing all casinos in that state.
Shown below is a list of all casinos in Illinois. Click on a casino name to see a page of detailed information about that particular casino.
- Argosy Casino Alton
- Casino Queen
- Grand Victoria Casino
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- Harrah’s Metropolis
- Hollywood Casino Aurora
- Hollywood Casino Joliet
- Jumer’s Casino & Hotel
- Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino
- Rivers Casino – Des Plaines
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For more information on visiting Illinois casinos, or general tourism information, contact the state’s Bureau of Tourism at (800) 226-6632 or www.enjoyillinois.com
TOP THINGS TO DO IN ILLINOIS
Illinois is at the heart of the United States and it is also known as the state of firsts as it is the state where the first skyscraper was erected. Throughout the state, you are going to find lots of magnificent things that you can try out from exploring the prehistoric Indian settlement to visiting the serene Anderson Japanese Gardens. Some of the best things to do in Illinois are listed below.
Enjoy mind-blowing views of the state from above
You are going to enjoy mind-blowing views where you will get to see about 50 miles over four states and Lake Michigan just from the top of the Willis Tower Skydeck. The Skydeck can be found at 1,353 feet above the ground and it also features The Ledge’s glass floor that extends from the side of the building if you want to try out a more thrilling experience. Another great place that you can go if you want to see the city from above is the 360 Chicago which can be found in the John Hancock Building. You can try out the glass-walled observation deck or enjoy mind-blowing views from the Tilt which is a glass enclosure that tips you out for a look down at 1000 feet.
Go sightseeing at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
This museum is located in Springfield and it offers tourist the chance to learn more about the history of Abraham Lincoln and also Illinois history. The museum was officially opened in 2004 and its collections have been a work in progress for a century. Some of the facility at the museum is used for research and it is not all of the collection you will be allowed to see.
Have fun at Millennium Park & Cloud Gate
The Millennium Park is among the larger Grant Park and it can be found in downtown Chicago. You are going to find the cloud gate at the center of the park which is a 110-ton polished steel sculpture. The highlight of the park is the Crown Fountain which is a unique modern interpretation of the ancient gargoyles that make use of the projected images of the Chicago citizens. You should also make sure you visit the Lurie Garden which is a four-season garden and it is open to the public for free. The garden also hosts lots of special events throughout the year that you can enjoy. The best thing about the park is that it is centrally located and you can easily visit some of the top tourist attractions in Chicago from here.
Visit the Lincoln Park
This park stretches for about six miles along the shore of Lake Michigan and it is regarded to be the biggest park in the city. The highlight of the park is the Lincoln Park Zoo also known to be among the oldest of its kind in the country. The zoo houses a plethora of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and birds. Some of the animals that you will find here are African lions, lemurs, red panda, two-toed sloths, and polar bears. You should also make sure you visit the Lincoln Park Conservatory where you will get to discover exotic tropical plants in four huge greenhouses like ferns, orchids, and palms. Some of the other attractions at the park are Chicago History Museum, beach, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, etc.
Go sightseeing at Dana-Thomas House
This house was built by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1902 and it represents one of his early, large scale Prairie styled houses. The best thing is that the house is still well preserved till today and it can be found in Springfield. This 35 room structure is now a house museum and you can explore the building with guided tours. The highlight of the building is the glass doors and windows.
Explore Starved Rock State Park
This park is located southwest of Chicago on the Illinois River and it is popularly known for its magnificent canyons and waterfalls. There is a plethora of hiking trails that you can explore to some of the most scenic areas, you can also go on a guided hike which is a great educational hiking experience. You should also make sure you visit the Starved Rock which offers numerous recreational opportunities like horseback riding, fishing and boating on the river, camping, picnicking, and winter sports.