“From the beginning, we’ve emphasized that this casino will be a community partnership. This reflects our commitment to the community as well as its residents,” said Osi Imomoh, Regional General Manager of Delaware North’s Gaming Division.
Southland Live Casino’s location will keep Illinois gaming dollars in state while drawing Indiana players over the border. Reimagining River Oaks will spark economic development opportunities even beyond the city’s borders.
This solution to the much-needed economic growth in the south suburbs is only the beginning of Calumet City’s next chapter. The project site is ripe for further investment, with potential to bring a convention center, sports complex, parking garage and other attractions to the community.
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
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.
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 Casino has already received widespread support from community stakeholders.
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 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.