Hollywood Casino Aurora Announced in Illinois


Aurora, Illinois, celebrated as Penn Entertainment and city leaders, including Mayor Richard Irvin, announced news about the Hollywood Casino Aurora on November 29, 2023.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Hollywood Casino Aurora, a project costing a whopping $360 million, signals a major shift from riverboat to land-based casino gaming.

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Jay Snowden, Penn’s CEO, expressed his excitement about the project, emphasizing its significance for Aurora’s economic and social landscape.

We are thrilled to soon begin construction on a new, state-of-the-art Hollywood Casino Aurora. Our tremendous and long-lasting partnership with the City of Aurora has provided an opportunity to relocate our property to an ideal location that will significantly improve our offerings and further our positive economic impact on the community.

If you want to learn more about the latest Illinois casino, continue reading below.

A Hub of Entertainment and Comfort in Illinois

The new Hollywood Casino, located near the Chicago Premium Outlets on Farnsworth Avenue and Bilter Road, aims to lead in entertainment and luxury.

Imagine a place with state-of-the-art gaming facilities, including 1,200 gaming positions and rooms dedicated to baccarat and poker. In addition to that, there will be a four-star hotel, a full-service spa, gourmet restaurants, and an event space. You can understand that this is a dream come true for both gamers and leisure seekers in IL!

However, this isn’t just about fun and games. The project will generate $5.5 million in property taxes annually and create 700 construction jobs, plus 700 permanent jobs at the new facility. That’s almost double the number of current team members in Aurora!

The casino will complete the project in about 24 months.. Greg Moore, the VP and General Manager of Hollywood Casino Aurora, shared his enthusiasm for this new chapter, promising an unforgettable experience for Chicagoland’s residents and visitors:

We look forward to celebrating this important milestone with our team members and many key stakeholders that have helped bring us to this point. This is an exciting start to our next chapter, and we cannot wait to welcome residents and visitors of Chicagoland to the new Hollywood Casino Aurora when completed.


While the new land-based casino takes shape, the existing Hollywood Casino Aurora on the Fox River will keep its doors open, ensuring uninterrupted entertainment.

Fox River Becomes Hollywood Casino Aurora

The collaboration between Penn Entertainment and the City of Aurora is a testament to their shared vision. The city actively contributed to the project by donating the land and $50 million to demonstrate its commitment to boost the local economy.

This project is an important part of Penn Entertainment’s big plan. They’re working on growing in Joliet and have various projects for expansion there: Joliet, Illinois; Columbus, Ohio; and Henderson, Nevada.This specific project is a key piece of the overall plan, fitting in smoothly with Penn Entertainment’s efforts for lasting growth and progress in the area.

The new Hollywood Casino Aurora promises to be a landmark destination, offering an unparalleled blend of entertainment, luxury, and economic vitality. We can’t wait to see the completed project in 2025!


The new Hollywood Casino Aurora is located near the Chicago Premium Outlets on Farnsworth Avenue and Bilter Road in Aurora, Illinois.

The Hollywood Casino Aurora project costs a whopping $360 million.

Jay Snowden is the CEO of Penn Entertainment.

It will offer 1,200 gaming positions, rooms for baccarat and poker, a four-star hotel, a full-service spa, gourmet restaurants, and an event space.

The construction of the Hollywood Casino is expected to be completed in about 24 months. The Hollywood Casino Aurora is estimated to be completed end of 2025.

Yes, it will remain open to ensure uninterrupted entertainment.

Catie Di Stefano has worked in the gambling industry since 2011 for major brands like Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Gaming Innovation Group and Betsson Group. She started in customer support at age 19 and has since worked her way through VIP, CRM and Marketing. Today, Catie is passionate about educating players on consumer rights and the best approaches for legal play in the United States as the Director of Community Marketing at OnlineGamblers.com. Catie was born in Indonesia but grew up in Sweden. Currently, she resides in Spain with her two daughters.

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