If you live in Illinois and enjoy a little recreational gambling there are a variety of places that you can go. They are scattered all over the state and they are few and far between but if you happen to be lucky enough to be staying near one you can certainly gamble to your heart's content. If you are looking for cities in Illinois that have casinos you will likely need to stay in a city that has a river as most of the casino's in Illinois are on River Boats.
The cities in Illinois that have casinos are as follows: Alton, Joliet, East St. Louis, Elgin, Metropolis, Hollywood Casino, Rock Island, and East Peoria. Of these cities Joliet is the only city in Illinois where you will find 2 casinos. The Joliet casinos are also the closest Illinois casinos to Chicago. If you are not near any of these casinos there are also casinos not far from the state borders in both Wisconsin, and Iowa. Personally I have not been to all of the casinos in Illinois I have been to 4 of them.
I visited the river boat casino in Peoria which I believe is under a new name now, as I don't think it was called the Para Dice casino at that time. At the time it was a small double deck river boat with slot machines all around it. But that was several years ago and doubt anything there is as it was then. The casino is now part of a casino hotel, where the river boat is adjacent to the river boat casino. Since any information about my visit there would be outdated you can get more information on the Peoria casino at http://www.paradicecasino.com/casino-gaming
The Hollywood Casino in Aurora One casino I have been to in Illinois
in recent years is the Hollywood Casino in Aurora.
The casino boasts a large decorative arch as you enter and spills the words Hollywood Casino in bright neon pink colors near the entrance, with a marquis directly underneath that displays soon to come events. This casino is a little different to other casinos as it is all on one floor, the other casinos I have been to in this state have been two levels. The Hollywood casino now boasts of the clean air that they have in their casino.
For an Illinois casino this casino is quite spacious. This casino also has high ceilings. It is more opened and un-crowded with machines and tables that is. The casino is a living tribute to the movies and movie memorabilia is blended in to the decore. The Hollywood Casino is located at: 1 New York Bridge, Aurora, IL - phone number (630) 801-1234 or 1-800-888-7777. The Hollywood Casino has a lot of slot and video poker machines.
They also have a high stakes area where you can play machines with a minimum of $1. As for table games they have Blackjack, Craps, roulette, Caribbean Stud Poker, Reservation Blackjack, Texas Holdem Bonus and 3 card poker. There is also a high stakes area for table games as well where the minimum bet is $25.00. There is a poker room. The average table price is $10.00 but it is hard to find a table under $15.00 during busy times.
There may be couple of lower tables, but you usually have to wait for a seat in order to get to sit at one. At less busy times you can find a $10.00 table easily. This casino also has 3 places to eat the Fairbanks Steak House, Take Two and the Epic Buffet. I have not personally eaten at either of them but a close relative of mine who lives near this casino has eaten at them both several times, and swears they are both very nice.
I have peaked in the restaurant and It has a wonderful décor with a 30's and slotoff.com
40's theme. The average food price is $12.00 to $14.00 and up per plate. For more information on the Fairbanks Steak House go to: http://www.hollywoodcasinoaurora.com/DINING/fairbanks%20steakhouse/
Take Two is a quick eating or fast food type place that serves things such as hamburgers, hotdogs and pizza. Breakfast is served all day at this restaurant.
The Epic Buffet serves lunch from 11:00 up until 3:00 PM and then serves dinner from 4:00 PM to 9:00 daily and is opened until 11:00 PM on Friday and Saturday nights. There is also a gift shop that sells Hollywood Casino memorabilia. Harrah's Joliet Hotel and Casino The Harrah's Joliet Casino is part of the Harrah's Joliet Hotel. Located at 151 N. Joliet St. Joliet, IL 60432 phone: 1-800-HARRAHS (427-7247). The hotel itself is quite impressive, with its marble floors and modern décor, reminding me a bit of old Hollywood glamour.
We tried several times to get a room at the casino, but there were never rooms available, so if you want to stay and play make sure you book early.