Yesterday two aldermen threw out the idea of having a casino and entertainment area built on the Michael Reese land that was bought for the Olympic Village. Although the mayor quickly put the kibosh on that idea today, we were curious to hear what people thought about it.
Generally speaking, a Casino probably isn't the best neighbor for the Sloop as they tend to attract raucous crowds, drunks, degenerate gamblers and potentially sketchy people. However, McCormick place would create a buffer and protect the South Loop from many of these negatives. On the other hand and similar to the Olympic village, a development like this could bring increased funds to the area which might be able to help with infrastructure and neighborhood improvements.
All in all, we're not in favor of the idea, but would love to hear your thoughts.