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Casinos & Horse Racing in the Chicago Area

In the hopes of revitalizing certain economically ailing towns, Illinois allows a limited amount of casinos in the state, some within a 30-45 minute drive from Chicago. Here's a list of Chicago area casinos, as well as horse racing tracks and OTBs.

Hollywood Casino Joliet
The Hollywood Casino (formerly the Empress) is located in Joliet, Illinois, about 1 hour from downtown Chicago, and offers a wide variety of gambling and entertainment options as well as a hotel and RV park.

Grand Victoria Casino
The Grand Victoria Casino is located in Elgin, Illinois, just 45 minutes from downtown Chicago, and offers a wide variety of gambling and entertainment options.

Harrah's Casino Joliet
Harrah's Casino is located in Joliet, Illinois, about 1 hour from downtown Chicago, and offers a wide variety of gambling and entertainment options as well as a 200 room hotel.

Hollywood Casino Aurora
The Hollywood Casino is located in Aurora, Illinois, about 1 hour from downtown Chicago, and offers a wide variety of gambling and entertainment options, and is one of the only casinos in the area to offer live Texas Hold 'Em poker.

Horseshoe Casino Hammond
Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, is surprisingly close despite being in a different state -- the casino is just 40 minutes from downtown Chicago. The Horseshoe Casino has a nice variety of gambling options, as well as a number of restaurants.

Arlington Park Race Track
Arlington Park is host is a high end race track with seating for 50,000. The track is home to the high stakes Arlington Million race.

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