Illinois Casino Guide
Illinois Online Casinos
Although Illinois has a long tradition with some great landbased casinos and a long history with gambling, it has not legalized online casinos. There have been discussions of legalizing online casinos, but it has not yet been approved by the senate.
Online casinos have been approved, however, in nearby Michigan. Online casinos should be operating in 2020.
But, you can still register with a legal online casino while you're in Illinois. That means you can get the casino's bonus offers or deposit, and then play whenever you're in states where it's legal (even in a layover at the airport). (Do be aware of the casino bonus's expiry date, though.)
Illinois Land-Based Casinos Map
You can easily see all casino locations by using our Illinois casinos map. To zoom in, just click the + (plus) sign in the lower right corner of the map, or to zoom out, just click the – (minus) sign in the same area.
To move the map of casinos in Illinois, click and hold down either of your mouse buttons. Then use the hand icon to drag the map in whichever direction you desire.
Each of the red icons on the map is a casino location. Just click on any red icon to see the name of the casino at that location. If you want more information on that casino, simply click again on the casino’s name and it will direct you to another page with detailed information on that particular casino, including address, phone number, toll-free phone number, room rates, casino size, dining information, games offered, availability of discounts for seniors, any special features, and a direct link to that casino’s website.
Land-Based Casinos in Illinois
Types of Casinos in Illinois
All of the casinos in Illinois are riverboat casinos, Illinois was the second state to legalize riverboat gambling and the boats began operating in September 1991 with the launching of the first boat: the Alton Belle.
Seven of the riverboat casinos in Illinois are either on boats or on docked barges. These Illinois casinos remain dockside and do not cruise. The other three casinos: Rivers in Des Plaines, Jumer''s in Rock Island and the Casino Queen in East. St. Louis, are all land-based casinos. Interestingly, however, they all qualify as being riverboat casinos because they are all built over a shallow pit filled with a few inches of water.
Options for Gambling in Illinois
Unlike Mississippi casinos, the casinos in Illinois are not open 24 hours and Illinois casino laws limit the number of gaming licenses to 10.
There are five casinos in Illinois near Chicago, two casinos towards the center of the state and three casinos in southern Illinois. See our Chicago casinos section for more details on the five properties, as well as details on some casinos in Indiana that are within a short drive of Chicago.
All casinos in Illinois are non-smoking and, unless otherwise noted, all offer slots, video poker, blackjack, craps, roulette, and three-card poker. Some Illinois casinos also offer: let it ride, baccarat, mini-baccarat, poker, Ultimate Texas hold 'em, Caribbean stud poker, Mississippi stud, pai gow poker, and four card poker.
The payback percentages on electronic gaming machines at all Illinois casinos are released as a matter of public record. Just click here to see a list of slot machine payback statistics for all Illinois casinos.
Illinois Gambling Laws
If you want to order a drink while playing, be aware that gaming regulations do not allow casinos in Illinois to provide free alcoholic beverages. The minimum gambling age is 21.
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For more information on visiting Illinois casinos or general tourism information, contact the state’s Bureau of Tourism at (800) 226-6632 or www.enjoyillinois.com.