It’s Time for
Calumet City

A $275 million investment

to boost Calumet City’s economy

Southland Live Casino is a planned 150,000-square-feet casino and entertainment complex on a 20-acre site near Macy’s at the River Oaks Center in Calumet City, the economic anchor of the southeast Illinois suburbs for more than half a century.

Southland Live Casino will bring 1,200 slot machines, 35 table games, a full gaming offering, a vibrant music venue, three restaurants, three lounges and a 200-room hotel to Calumet City, sparking jobs, tens of thousands of visitors annually and increased economic development.’



Annual projected revenues with $45-$50 million generated in state and local taxes, and $6-8 million benefitting Calumet City


Strategically at the intersections of I-94, I-294 and I-80 and less than 2 miles from the Indiana border


Partnerships within the community


A temporary casino will bring immediate benefits and revenue growth

A Bold Vision

for the future

The future home of Southland Live Casino is River Oaks Center in Calumet City, conveniently located to attract Illinois and Indiana visitors alike and provide an economic boost for a largely minority community.

Once the economic engine of the region, River Oaks Center has battled store closures and long-term vacancies for years, with tax revenues never recovering. The mall’s future – and Calumet City’s – is bleak without immediate paradigm-shifting stimulus. Reimagining River Oaks will spark economic development opportunities even beyond the city’s borders. Southland Live Casino’s location will keep Illinois gaming dollars in state while drawing Indiana players over the border.

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new permanent jobs

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Return to Economic Growth

This is only the beginning

Calumet City is now home to more than 37,000 residents and has a proud history of commerce, culture and diversity. After narrowly missing a bid for an open casino license in 2008, many of the original project team members have returned to finally bring a casino to Calumet City and resurrect the thriving economic success of the city.

This is only the beginning of Calumet City’s next chapter. The project site is ripe for further investment, with potential to bring convention center, sports complex, parking garage and other attractions to the community.

Southland Live will provide economic growth

A solution to the much-needed economic growth in the south suburbs


South Holland

Elected officials

Rep. and Calumet City
Mayor Thaddeus Jones
Sen. Napoleon Harris, III
Sen. Elgie R. Sims, Jr.
Rep. Nicholas K. Smith
Frank Zuccarelli
Thornton Township Supervisor

Deeply Rooted

in the Community

Southland Live Casino has already received widespread support from community stakeholders.

Community Support

Calumet City
Chamber of Commerce
Jason and Desmond Roberts
Minority Owned Business,
Advantage Toyota
Michael Giglio
2nd Generation Family Business,
Calumet City Plumbing
Bill Hasse
4th generation Family Business,
Hasse Construction
Vicky Newell
Woman Owned Business,
JJ Newell Concrete
Bishop Reynaldo Kyles
Calumet City Churches Coalition Coordinator,
Kingdom Builders Church
Brian Booker
Minority Owned Business,
Wes's Towing

Southland Live Casino’s commitment to Calumet City and the surrounding community is focused on both immediate and long-term positive impacts.


Southland Live Casino and South Suburban College are partnering to create gaming courses within the college’s new School of Hospitality. Offering unique education opportunities like these new certificate and associate degree programs will create career pathways, not just jobs. Our team members will also be supportive through incentives to foster work-life balance.


Southland Live Casino will offer living-wage positions with advancement opportunities and a support structure focused on employee growth. All full-time employees will be offered a competitive benefits package including health care, retirement savings plans, paid vacation and skills training.


As a predominantly minority community and region, Southland Live Casino is committed to focusing hiring efforts locally on those who live in the Southland communities. Every effort will be made to recruit, hire, support, train and retain a diverse workforce. Likewise, Southland Live Casino is committed to purchasing from local vendors and hiring local union contractors.

the Community

Southland Live Casino will establish the Southland Live Casino Charitable Foundation focused on economic empowerment and improving education resources throughout the area. The 501(c)(3) not-for-profit will be overseen by a diverse group of residents who will identify worthy initiatives to support.


Within 90 days of the license award, Southland Live Casino will open a temporary gaming facility in the vacant Carson Pirie Scott within River Oaks Center to start generating benefits immediately and create 300 temporary jobs. Carson’s will be retrofitted to resemble the future Southland Live Casino, giving visitors a taste of what’s to come on a grander scale.



Southland Live Casino has selected Delaware North as its gaming operator, a global leader in hospitality and food service management.

Delaware North has a well-established track record in creating economic development and tourism assets, with a diverse portfolio that includes ownership and operation of hotels, resorts and casinos. Additionally, Delaware North manages operations in national parks and cultural attractions such as NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The company has been a partner of the Chicago White Sox since 1940, and Delaware North owns and operates Jumer’s Casino & Hotel in the Quad Cities.


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