TYPES OF CASINOS IN ILLINOIS
All Illinois casinos are riverboat casinos, Illinois was actually the second state to legalize river-boat gambling. Riverboat casinos began operating in Illinois in late 1991, with the launching of the first boat: The Alton Belle.
Though all of the casinos in Illinois are classified as riverboats, some are actually land-based. Rivers in Des Plaines, Jumer’s in Rock Island, and the Casino Queen in East. St. Louis are all land-based casinos. They all qualify as being riverboats because they are built over a shallow pit that is filled with a few inches of water. The other seven river boat casinos in Illinois are either on actual riverboats or docked barges, these casinos remained docked and do not set sail.
There are five casinos near the popular metropolitan city of Chicago, Illinois. Two of the casinos are closer to the center of the state, and three more casinos closer to southern Illinois. See our Chicago casinos section for more details, as well as details on some casinos located in Indiana that are just a short drive from Chicago.
All Illinois casinos are non-smoking, and for the most part, all offer video poker, blackjack, slots, roulette, craps, and three-card poker. Some casinos in Illinois also offer baccarat, mini-baccarat, poker, let it ride, Caribbean stud poker, Mississippi stud, Ultimate Texas hold‘em, pai gow poker, and four card poker. The minimum gambling age is 21, and Illinois gaming regulations do not allow casinos to provide free alcoholic beverages.
By state law, Illinois casinos must release all percentages on electronic gaming machines to the public. Just click here to see a list of slot machine payback statistics for all Illinois casinos.
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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 located in the heartland of the United States. Throughout the state, you are going to find many places to visit, from exploring prehistoric Indian settlements to visiting the serene Anderson Japanese Gardens. Some of the best things to do in Illinois are listed below.
Enjoy breathtaking views of the state from a Skyscraper
You are going to enjoy spectacular views where you can see about 50 miles over four states and Lake Michigan just from the top of the Willis Tower Skydeck. The Skydeck is located 1,353 feet above the ground and it features The Ledge, which is a glass floor that extends outward from the side of the building. Be sure to check it out if you are searching for a more thrilling experience. Another great place you can go if you want to see the city from above is 360 Chicago which can be found in the John Hancock Building. You can try out the glass-walled observation deck or enjoy amazing views from the Tilt which is a glass enclosure that tips you out for a look down from 1,000 feet above street level.
Get educated at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
Illinois is known as “The Land of Lincoln” and this museum in Springfield offers tourists the chance to learn more about the history of Abraham Lincoln and also Illinois history. The museum was officially opened in 2005 and its collections have been a work in progress for over a century. The 200,000 square foot complex includes an archive, library and a museum. It is the largest Presidential Library in the country and features presentations, galleries and interactive “you-are-there” experiences.
Have fun at Millennium Park & Cloud Gate
Millennium Park is a 24.5-acre park that can be found in downtown Chicago, near Lake Michigan. Cloud Gate at the center of the park is a 110-ton polished steel sculpture, commonly referred to as The Bean. 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. Make sure you visit the Lurie Garden which is a four-season garden and is open to the public for free. The garden also hosts many special events throughout the year. 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 Lincoln Park
This Chicago park stretches for about six miles along the shore of Lake Michigan and it is 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 many mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and birds. Some of the animals that you will find here are African lions, lemurs, red pandas, two-toed sloths, and polar bears. You should also make sure to visit the Lincoln Park Conservatory where you can discover exotic tropical plants in four huge greenhouses including ferns, orchids, and palms. Some of the other attractions at the park are the Chicago History Museum, a beach, and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
Go sightseeing at Dana-Thomas House
This house was built by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1902 and represents one of his early, large scale Prairie-styled houses. It is well preserved and can be found in Springfield. This 35-room, 12,000-square-foot structure is now a museum and you can explore it by taking a guided tour. The highlight of the building is its original Wright art-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 are over 13 miles of hiking trails that you can explore to get to some of its more scenic areas. You can also go on a guided hike which is a great experience. The wilderness area offers numerous recreational opportunities including horseback riding, fishing and boating on the river, camping, picnicking, and winter sports.