If you are a bit of a gambler, then you will be happy to know that the Chicago area has several options for legal live gambling. Whether you play poker, blackjack, roulette, or like the thrill of playing slots, there are plenty of options. Here is a quick look at a couple of the best casinos for those looking for a place to have fun unwinding on the weekends.
The Horseshoe Hammond is located just outside of Chicago in Hammond and is one of the premier properties in the state. Owned by Harrah’s Casinos, the 350,000 square foot gaming paradise has about what any player would want. Whether you play slot, roulette, or table games, this is a casino you should check out. In addition, when making poker room comparisons, the Horseshoe’s poker room ranks with some of the best in the country.
Horseshoe Hammond offers dining options for those on any budget. For those looking for a quick burger or even a burger and a beer, check out both JB’s Gourmet Sandwiches and Salads as well as Benny’s Pub and Eatery. JB’s is the place to go if you are looking for a great deli sandwich or even if you are looking for your morning breakfast muffin. If you are looking for a place to watch the game, Benny’s Pub and Eatery is the place to catch the game on their numerous plasma screens.
If Asian food is more your thing, check out the Foo Noodle Bar. Whether you desire broth soup, congee, dim sum, or bubble teas, this is your spot for Asian cuisine. Of course, if you are more of a buffet type person, check out Village Square Buffet. For less than $20 per person, you have unlimited access to foods from around the world as well as seafood and salad bars. On the other hand, if you are looking for a fine dining experience, check out Jack Binion’s Steak House. The Chicago Tribune has said that the steak house is “an upscale experience rivaling downtown’s finest steakhouses.”
If you are looking for entertainment at the Horseshoe, then check out what is available at The Venue and Push. Push is the Horseshoe’s premier club and bar where you can find some of the hottest bands playing in the Chicagoland area. The Venue is host to performers and concerts throughout the year by the best in entertainment, music, and comedy. Some of the upcoming performers at The Venue include BB King and Norm McDonald.
Of course, what is any casino without games? The Horseshoe offers the best in both table games and slots. Craps, Blackjack, Roulette and Baccarat are all available on the casino floor. The hottest slots and video poker are also available around the clock. The Horseshoe’s poker room is one of the best around and annually hosts the World Series of Poker circuit, a series of Texas Holdem tournaments held at premier casinos around the country.
Just 25 miles from downtown Chicago, the Ameristar Casino has just about everything that gamblers will look for in a casino. They offer all of the popular games and boast a 290 room luxury hotel.
The Ameristar Casino has a luxury hotel with numerous amenities of large chain hotels including a 24-hour fitness center, valet parking, dry cleaning/laundry services, safety deposit boxes, free wireless internet, and privately secured floors.
There are several dining options at the Ameristar to fit any budget. For those wanting to catch the game while eating, Amerisport has 20 high definition TV’s and is open until at least 1 a.m. every day. If you just want a quick hot dog, check out Double Down Dogs. They have some of the best all-beef hotdogs in all of Chicago. The noodle bar is a great choice for those wanting Asian food. If Italian is more your thing, check out the Sbarro Italian Eatery. It is the best of Italy, but at “lightweight prices.” Finally, for the best dining at the Ameristar, check out Bugatti’s Steak and Pasta. Buggatti’s is fashioned after some of the finest Chicago steakhouses, but has an Italian flair all its own.
Of course, at some point you are going to want to gamble. The Ameristar has over 1,900 slot and video poker machines, including all of the popular games. Over 50 table game tables are available. Among the games offered are Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, Let it Ride, Mini-Baccarat, and Pai Gow Poker. In addition they have a dedicated Baccarat room as well as a high limit room for those that really want to gamble it up.
The two above casino are among the best of what Chicago has to offer gamblers. As always, make sure to bet with your head, and not above it. Gambling should be done for fun and never risk money you cannot afford to lose. Good luck at the tables and have fun.