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Old Posted Dec 6, 2020, 6:20 PM
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^ Don't forget about the Metra Electric line, which runs under McCormick and will have a reduced fare pilot starting January.

If the fare pilot becomes permanent and more service is run, it would be the ideal route to shuttle hundreds of tourists from the Loop and McCormick
Eh, local transit is not the best way to transport a bunch of conventioneers - many of whom will be confused by the long underground passages and the ticket/fare policies of Metra.

Best case is that Metra Electric establishes a fare-free zone between Millennium and McCormick, and builds a highly visible station entrance at Michigan/Randolph as they intended back in the early 2010s.
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Old Posted Dec 6, 2020, 7:28 PM
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It makes the most sense as part of this development. It would be the catalyst needed to make this not be a pipedream. https://www.onecentralchicago.com/

Benefits:
- direct access to LSD, reducing traffic impact to local roads
- location is ideal in proximity to McCormick Place and the tourist attractions of the Museum Campus/Soldier Field, not right downtown but close
- direct train access from Millennium Park/the dedicated bus lane to McCormick place could be used for casino shuttles
- large enough site to have the 200-300k sqft single gaming floor that is desired

Drawbacks:
- residents will throw a fit (applicable to any location with residential in proximity)
This thing was a long shot before covid.

No is going build a casino because maybe a decade from now there will be a development over there.
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Old Posted Dec 8, 2020, 3:10 AM
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One Central makes a lot of sense.

Thompson Center could be a natural fit. Think gambling floor in the lower level where the food court is and hotel rooms higher up looking down like an atrium hotel.

I have no idea how the area of that lower level fits in what an operator would want or need but from a functional standpoint it seems to make a lot of sense.
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Old Posted Dec 10, 2020, 3:56 AM
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One Central makes a lot of sense.

Thompson Center could be a natural fit. Think gambling floor in the lower level where the food court is and hotel rooms higher up looking down like an atrium hotel.

I have no idea how the area of that lower level fits in what an operator would want or need but from a functional standpoint it seems to make a lot of sense.
It would cost more to make Thompson center a viable Casino than it would to just build a new state of the art building. I don't get why so many people still fetishize the concept of reusing a failed building
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Old Posted Dec 16, 2020, 4:24 AM
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