Full House Resorts has submitted an Owners Gaming License Application to the Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) to develop and operate a casino and entertainment destination in Waukegan, Illinois.
Phase one of the plans suggest that the destination, which would be named ‘American Place’, would include a casino with a state-of-the-art sportsbook; a premium boutique hotel comprised of twenty villas; a 1,500-seat live entertainment venue; a gourmet restaurant; additional eateries and bars; as well as other amenities which the developers hope will attract patrons.
Moreover, a second phase of the development is expected to include a four-star hotel with 150 rooms, dining venues, entertainment options, and other amenities.
Daniel R. Lee, President and Chief Executive Officer of Full House Resorts stated: “We thank Waukegan Mayor Sam Cunningham and the Waukegan City Council for advancing our proposal to the Illinois Gaming Board.”
If awarded the license by the IGB, Full House will also develop and operate a temporary casino on the site, near the intersection of Illinois Route 120 and U.S. Route 41 in Waukegan, while ‘American Place’ is under construction.
This will be done in order to allow both the state of Illinois as well as the City of Waukegan to begin benefiting from the significant job creation and tax revenue that is expected to be generated during the construction process.
American Place was one of the three proposals certified by the Waukegan City Council, however, following a presentation from the city’s consultant, it was ranked as the top proposal.
Should its application receive approval, Full House Resorts will add ‘American Place’ to its extensive property portfolio which includes Silver Slipper Casino and Hotel in Hancock County, Mississippi; Bronco Billy’s Casino and Hotel in Cripple Creek, Colorado; Rising Star Casino Resort in Rising Sun, Indiana; and Stockman’s Casino in Fallon, Nevada.
Lee concluded: “We look forward to presenting our plans to the IGB and getting the opportunity to develop a first-class gaming facility that will bring jobs and revenues to the City of Waukegan and the State of Illinois.”
The Company also operates the Grand Lodge Casino at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino in Incline Village, Nevada.