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Old Posted Aug 1, 2019, 4:57 PM
TR Devlin TR Devlin is offline
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Originally Posted by Tom In Chicago View Post
The only place this makes sense is in the McCormick Place Lakeside Center. . . it's sequestered from the rest of the city so that there won't be any spillover negatively impacting the rest of the city. . . seems like a no-brainer to me. . .

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Sequestered from the rest of the city is exactly what I DON'T want to see. A couple weeks ago, Ed Zotti had a great article in the SunTimes explaining this.

Zotti says that Chicago should follow the London model. Here's a picture of what the "London model" looks like: London Hippodrome

He also says that the Thompson Center "might make a good casino — perhaps a spectacular one." I agree.

I also think the block surrounded by Illinois, Rush, Hubbard and Wabash would make a fantastic site. I'd tear down the Realtor's building and widen the Plaza of the Americas (but leave 444 No Michigan). The main pedestrian entrance to the casino would be on the east side, facing the Tribune Tower. With hotel and residential above the casino, this would be a very large project; i.e., easily more than $1 billion. I could go on but I'm getting into fantasy land.
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