Chicago Slot Madness

Chicago’s gambling industry has a very checkered past and is often associated with the gangster-era 1930’s when the mob ruled most money-making enterprises, including gambling. With the 1990 passage of the Riverboat Gambling Act by the State Legislature, legalized gambling came to town with strict guidelines in place to assure honest gaming and decent odds for players. Due to high Illinois gaming taxes, many casino operators have chosen to cut back or eliminate slots that require revenue sharing with the manufacturers. This gives gamers fewer choices of some wildly popular games, but still leaves plenty of options for tons of fun. You also won’t find 24/7 gaming action; most casinos operate on average 22 hours per day. Although casino gambling is not allowed in the city proper, finding the loosest slots in Chicago is only a short ride away from downtown. State law requires that you be 21 or over to enter any casino in Illinois.

Grand Victoria Casino Elgin

This dock-side riverboat casino located on the Fox River in Elgin is only 30 minutes from the airport and is ranked #6 among fourteen local attractions by TripAdvisor. With over 1,100 slots that have been verified as the loosest slots in Chicago area, payouts for the week of January 11 – 17, 2015 were over the one million dollar mark. Be aware, this is a non-smoking casino. Everything here is handicap-accessible and wheelchairs are available. Be sure to sign up for Club GVC to be eligible for special promotions, tournaments, and freebies. Casino hours are 8:30am – 6:30am.

Ameristar Casino

Although in East Chicago, Indiana, this casino is only 25 miles from downtown Chicago at the Indiana Harbor on Lake Michigan. One of the larger casinos in the area, players can choose their favorite slot machine from one of the 1,900+ available. The casino boasts four separate gaming levels and self-serve soda machines conveniently located on each level. Although nickel, quarter, and dollar machines are plentiful, $5.00, $25.00, and $100.00 slots accommodate serious slot players. Their Star Awards program lets players earn points toward free play, free meals, and many other exclusive member promos. Hours are 7:00am – 4:00am daily.


Winner of 16 Best Gaming awards from Casino Player Magazine and ranked #2 of nine fun activities in the area by TripAdvisor, this Joliet, Illinois casino houses over 1,100 hot slots from penny machines to high limit, and over 200 of the best video poker machines. Total Rewards members can enter slot tournaments for a chance at prizes ranging from $500.00 in free slot play up to thousands of dollars in cash. Open 8:00am – 6:00am, definitely a top destination for gamers.