South suburban casino operator, Chicago Bulls reach partnership deal giving ‘huge voice’ to Wind Creek development

Wind Creek Hospitality, which is building the south suburban casino, has announced a partnership with the Chicago Bulls under which the Wind Creek Chicago Southland Casino and Resort will become the team’s official casino.

Wind Creek and the Bulls said the six-year agreement will include in-game promotions and that fans attending games at the United Center or watching on television will begin seeing signs about Wind Creek. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Work got underway in September on the casino, southwest of the interchange of Interstate 80 and Halsted Street.

The 70,000-square-foot casino and 252-room hotel will be in East Hazel Crest. On land directly south, in Homewood, parking garages will be built.

The two suburbs had formed a partnership several years ago in an effort to attract a casino to the south suburbs.

Wind Creek previously estimated the casino would be ready for customers by late summer or early fall of 2023, but unforeseen delays are making late 2023 or early 2024 as the more likely targets to open, officials have said.

“As a new brand coming to the Chicagoland market, we believed it was important to establish a name for ourselves and a level of credibility with the local market as quickly as possible,” said Brent Pinkston, Wind Creek chief operating officer, in announcing the partnership.

Wind Creek Hospitality is an authority of the Alabama-based Poarch Band of Creek Indians and manages the tribe’s gaming facilities, which include casinos and horse racing tracks.

“It lets us enter the market with a huge voice,” Pinkston said.

Apart from signage and other branding inside United Center, the collaboration will include digital content and social media sweepstakes, according to the Bulls, which said Wind Creek will also provide south suburban community groups with tickets to two Bulls games this season.

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Source:: The Denver Post

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