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Hard Rock Rockford opens Nov. 2023 | Rockford Casino open now

HARD ROCK CASINO ROCKFORD

7801 East State Street
Rockford, IL 61108

Hard Rock International is bulding a $310 million casino in Rockford, Illinois on the location of the former Clock Tower Resort at East State Street and I-90. This Hard Rock Casino in Rockford will open by Nov. 2023. The 65,000-square-foot casino will feature a Hard Rock Cafe, a Hard Rock Live concert venue, restaurants, retail stores and a 250-room hotel.

HARD ROCK CASINO ROCKFORD
Groundbreaking Sep. 28, 2022 - Opening Nov. 2023

The groundbreaking for construction of the Hard Rock Casino Rockford is September 28, 2022. The grand opening of the casino is scheduled for November 2023. A 250-room hotel is scheduled to open a few months after the casino. See features.

ROCKFORD CASINO (Temporary Casino) - Open Now
On Nov. 10, 2021 Hard Rock opened its Rockford Casino, a temporary casino operating 24/7 until the Hard Rock Casino Rockford construction is completed in late 2023. See features


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News Rockford Casino celebrates 1st-year anniversary November 15, 2022 - Rockford Casino: A Hard Rock Opening Act celebrated its one-year anniversary Thursday. The special event featured musical entertainment, free giveaways, player promos, and restaurant ... Read more News Update: Hard Rock Casino Rockford officially breaks ground October 1, 2022 - The official groundbreaking ceremony for the permanent Hard Rock Casino in Rockford was held Wednesday afternoon Sept. 28th. The casino site is 7801 East State Street near the I-90 exit ... Read more News Hard Rock Casino Rockford officially breaks ground Sept. 28, 2022 September 23, 2022 - Construction of Hard Rock Casino Rockford will begin Wednesday Sept. 28 with a private ground-breaking ceremony. The event is invitation-only due to open field conditions ... Read more News Hard Rock Rockford construction status - Sep 2022 September 10, 2022 - Last week the Illinois Gaming Board gave Hard Rock the approval to begin site work for construction of the permanent Hard Rock Casino in Rockford. The City of Rockford has issued ... Read more News Rockford Casino sets highest visitor record in July August 17, 2022 - Hard Rock's Rockford Casino continues to grow more business since first opening in July 2021. Statistics from the Illinois Gaming Board show 44,873 people visited the temporary casino last month. ... Read more News Rockford Casino wants to add sportsbook and table games August 10, 2022 - Hard Rock is seeking approval from state regulators to add a sportsbook and a small number of table games to its temporary casino in Rockford, Illinois. ... Read more Headlines continued...

Hard Rock Casino Rockford Construction Plan

The Illinois Gaming Board has given preliminary approval to the Hard Rock Rockford casino project, which sets the stage for construction. There will be three building phases in the Hard Rock Casino Rockford plan.

PHASE 1 - TEMPORARY CASINO

The temporary casino opened Nov. 10, 2021. The casino is named Rockford Casino and uses space from Giovanni's Restaurant and Convention Center. There are 635 slot machines and two restaurants. There are no live table games.

PHASE 2 - PERMANENT CASINO

Construction of the permanent ard Rock Casino Rockford will take 18-24 months to complete. Completion is expected in late 2023.

PHASE 3 - HOTEL

A 250-room hotel is planned to open in the last phase of construction.

In addition Hard Rock has committed to incorporate a music production studio at Washington Park Community Center, an outdoor amphitheater at Levings Lake, improvements to the Sinnisssippi Music Shell, and support to neighborhood youth programs.

Hard Rock Temporary Casino: "Rockford Casino"

Opened November 10, 2021

TEMPORARY CASINO
ROCKFORD CASINO - A HARD ROCK OPENING ACT
Now Open 24/7
610 N Bell School Road
Rockford, IL 61108

On Nov. 10, 2021 Hard Rock opened its Rockford Casino, a temporary casino operating 24/7 until the Hard Rock Casino Rockford construction is completed in late 2023.

Temporary Hard Rock Casino Rockford

The temporary casino, named Rockford Casino, has 635 slot machines, Interblock Electronic Table Games and two restaurants. The location is inside the former Giovanni's Restaurant and Convention Center at 610 N Bell School Road in Rockford.

The Rockford temporary casino cost $8 million and includes the following features:

  • 635 slot machines

  • Electronic table games

  • Rock River Bar & Grill

  • Midway Bar

  • Rock Shop - retail

  • 21,000 square foot facility

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Hard Rock Casino Rockford Status

June 2019
The Rockford casino results from the Rebuild Illinois Act signed into law by Gov. Pritzker on June 29, 2019. The law authorizes the licensing of new casinos in Rockford and five other Illinois cities.

Oct 2019
On October 7, 2019 the Rockford City Council selected Hard Rock International as its sole choice from three casino proposals. The vote allows Hard Rock to submit its application to the Illinois Gaming Board for a casino license.

Hard Rock Casino Rockford was selected over the proposed Rock River West Casino, which would build a downtown casino with an entertainment district and aquarium (see plan), and the proposed Forest City Casino, which would build a $1B casino, hotel and entertainment complex south of Mercyhealth Javon Bea Hospital-Riverside. (see plan)

Feb 2021
The Illinois Gaming Board gave a preliminary approval to the Hard Rock Rockford project on Feb. 4, 2021, which effectively green lights the start for construction of the casino.

June 2021
In June 2021 the Illinois Gaming Board issued a Casino Supplier License to 815 Beltway Holdings, LLC, the owner of the Hard Rock's temporary and permanent locations in Rockford. The approval allows construction to start on both facilities pending board approval of the final building plans. The temporary casino was approved for construction in late June and will open in November 2021.

Nov 2021
A temporary casino, named Rockford Casino, opened Nov. 10, 2021 to operate during the construction phase of the Hard Rock Casino Rockford.

Jan 2022
The Illinois Gaming Board granted a final license to Hard Rock to build a permanent casino. News

Sep 2022
Hard Rock Casino Rockford officially broke ground for construction on Sept. 28, 2022,

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$310 million casino
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Rockford Casino celebrates 1st-year anniversary

November 15, 2022

Rockford Casino: A Hard Rock Opening Act celebrated its one-year anniversary Thursday. The special event featured musical entertainment, free giveaways, player promos, and restaurant specials. There was also appreciation and special recognition extended to military veterans.

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Hard Rock celebrates 1-year milestone with Rockford Casino
Courtesy of Eyewitness News WTVO WQRF, Nov 11, 2022. Available from YouTube

The Rockford Casino will continue to operate until the permanent Hard Rock Casino opens in Nov. 2023. That casino is under construction at 7801 East State Street near Interstate 90.

"We are attracting more visitors and greater tax revenue to the state of Illinois and the city of Rockford than we anticipated. From attendance numbers to community relationships, it's a winner."

- Geno Iafrate, Rockford Casino President

In the first year of operation the Rockford Casino achieved $53.2 million in revenue and paid $10.8 million in gaming taxes. There was more than 458,000 visitors to the casino.

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Update: Hard Rock Casino Rockford officially breaks ground

October 1, 2022

The official groundbreaking ceremony for the permanent Hard Rock Casino in Rockford was held Wednesday afternoon Sept. 28th. The casino site is 7801 East State Street near the Interstate 90 exit. City officials and Hard Rock executives attended the celebration along with guest Rick Nielsen, guitarist of Cheap Trick.

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Hard Rock Casino Rockford officially breaks ground
Courtesy of 13 WREX, Sep 28, 2022. Available from YouTube

Geno Iafrate, President of Hard Rock Rockford, made this statement during the celebration:

"It's a very extensive construction process, it's a 300 plus million dollar project, 180 plus thousand square feet. You have a casino, table games, slots, multiple restaurants, Hard Rock live venue. There's a lot of work, there was a lot of work to get to today, so you think ground breaking is really day one but its not, there's months of planning to get to do today."

- Geno Iafrate, Hard Rock Rockford

The completion date for the casino was not disclosed. The completion of the 250-room hotel is now planned for the second phase of construction.

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Hard Rock Casino Rockford officially breaks ground Sept. 28, 2022

September 23, 2022

Construction of Hard Rock Casino Rockford will begin Wednesday Sept. 28 with a private ground-breaking ceremony. The event is invitation-only due to open field conditions at the 25-acre building site. Attendees will include Hard Rock executives, local officials and Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen.

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Hard Rock Casino Rockford announces official groundbreaking
Courtesy of Eyewitness News WTVO WQRF, Sep 21, 2022. Available from YouTube

The $310 million Hard Rock project includes a 65,000-square-foot casino, a 250-room hotel, a Hard Rock Cafe, a Hard Rock Live concert venue, multiple restaurants and retail stores.

The temporary Rockford Casino, A Hard Rock Opening Act, opened in November last year and will continue operating until the permanent Hard Rock Casino Rockford is completed and opens to the public

A news release from Hard Rock International states:

"Our opening act in Rockford has been fantastic, but I know the entire Rockford community is just as excited as we are for the main show. From the very start, Rockford's energy has surpassed expectations and it's no secret they are really ready to rock. Building on that momentum and with the incredible support from the Illinois Gaming Board and the Rockford community, we're ready to begin the next chapter."

- - Jon Lucas, COO Hard Rock Intl

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Hard Rock Rockford construction status - Sep 2022

September 10, 2022

Construction Status
Last week the Illinois Gaming Board gave Hard Rock the approval to begin site work for construction of the permanent Hard Rock Casino in Rockford. The City of Rockford has issued a permit to support that work.

A spokesman for Hard Rock Casino Rockford said the full construction schedule will be announced in the coming weeks. The casino has a deadline to be completed and opened by November 2023.

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Construction can begin on Rockford's Hard Rock Casino
Courtesy of Eyewitness News WTVO WQRF, Sep 7, 2022. Available from YouTube

Construction of the hotel will be completed around the same time as the casino according to a statement last May by Geno Iafrate, Hard Rock Casino Rockford President.

Temporary Casino Status
In July a record-setting 45,000 guests visited the temporary casino in July. Rockford Casino: A Hard Rock Opening Act opened last November.

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Rockford Casino sets highest visitor record in July

August 17, 2022

Hard Rock's Rockford Casino continues to grow more business since first opening in July 2021. Statistics from the Illinois Gaming Board show 44,873 people visited the temporary casino last month. This compares to nearly 34,772 in June. Gaming revenues in July were just under $5 million.

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Rockford Casino breaks visitor record in July
Courtesy of Eyewitness News WTVO WQRF, Aug 10, 2022. Available from YouTube

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Rockford Casino wants to add sportsbook and table games

August 10, 2022

Hard Rock is seeking approval from state regulators to add a sportsbook and a small number of table games to its temporary casino in Rockford, Illinois.

Sportsbook
Rockford Casino president, Geno Iafrate, told media Hard Rock wants a retail sportsbook and a mobile sportsbook covering Illinois.

"The end goal is a physical brick-and-mortar sports book in the casino, and the Hard Rock digital sports book application that would be able to be used throughout the entire state of Illinois."

- Geno Iafrate, President of Rockford Casino

The goal is to have the Hard Rock sports book operation by the end of this year.

Live Table Games
Iafrate also envisions adding a few live table games to Rockford Casino. The total would be about six and could include blackjack, poker, craps and roulette. Table games were not included at the grand opening of Rockford Casino last November because the schedule was too tight and there was little time available to train dealers.

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Hard Rock Casino Rockford prepares for groundbreaking

May 26, 2022

Hard Rock Casino Rockford is preparing to break ground on a permanent casino soon at the site of the old Clock Tower. The new construction will include a 65,000-square-foot casino, a Hard Rock Cafe restaurant with rock 'n roll memorabilia, Hard Rock Live concert venue with 1,600 seats, and a 250-room hotel.

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Rockford's Hard Rock Casino ready to break ground - Courtesy of Eyewitness News WTVO WQRF, May 23, 2022. Available from YouTube

A temporary casino named "Rockford Casino - A Hard Rock Opening Act" opened last November and will continue to operate to the grand opening of the permanent casino in 2024. The Rockford Casino is open 24/7 at 610 N Bell School Road in Rockford.

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Hard Rock Casino Rockford expedites hotel build

May 15, 2022

Hard Rock now plans to build a 250-room hotel concurrently with the construction of its casino. The original plan was to build the hotel a few years after opening the casino. The first phase was to build only the casino, a Hard Rock Cafe and a Hard Rock Live concert center. The change to build the hotel with the casino was revealed last week by Geno Iafrate, the President of Hard Rock Rockford.

Iafrate confirmed that site work is underway to complete the property design and to prepare for the construction phase. Design details are still pending for the casino floor's layout, the types of restaurants, the square footage of each venue, and the design of Hard Rock Live. When finished, the final design package must be submitted to the Illinois Gaming Board. The board's approval is required before breaking ground this summer.

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Rockford Casino Status Report - March 2022

March 24, 2022

Although the temporary Rockford Casino has been operating since November, construction of the permanent Hard Rock Casino in Rockford has not started and a groundbreaking date has not been set.

"Hard Rock Casino Rockford cannot commence construction on or begin gaming at the proposed facility without first submitting the required disclosures and receiving the request and receiving the appropriate IGB approval."

- Illinois Gaming Board, Mar 10, 2022

The gaming board granted a casino license to Hard Rock Casino in January. Now Hard Rock has until January 2024 to complete construction.

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Rockford's temporary Hard Rock Casino brings in $3.6M in February - Courtesy of Eyewitness News WTVO WQRF, Mar 9, 2022. Available from YouTube

Meanwhile the Rockford temporary casino continues to bring in revenue and pay state and city taxes. Since opening the casino generated over $15 million through February.

Nov 2021
Dec 2021
Jan 2022
Feb 2022
$4,145,967
$4,321,137
$3,367,85
$3,624,802

To date Rockford Casino has paid $1,812,951 in taxes to the state and $906,475 to the City of Rockford.

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Rockford Casino adds Sunday Jazz Brunch, WINESdays in March

March 4, 2022

Rock Hard's temporary casino ion Rockford, A Hard Rock Opening Act, has added two weekly events for March.

The first is "Sunday Jazz Brunch" at the Rock River Bar & Grill every Sunday 10 AM to 2 PM. The brunch will include live performances by Stateline Jazz Quartet (March 6), Groove Hotel Quartet (March 13), and the Evon Sams Quartet (March 20).

The second event is "WINESday" on Wednesdays 5-8 PM at the Rock River Bar & Grill. Wine bottles are half price and music is provided by Mario Duenas Electric Duet (March 2), Tristan Sheedlo (March 9), and the Evon Sams Quartet (March 16).

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Hard Rock Casino Rockford partners with IceHogs

February 11, 2022

This week Hard Rock Casino Rockford announced a five-year sponsorship deal with the Rockford IceHogs, the AHL affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks.

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Icehogs, Hard Rock Casino teaming up - Courtesy of Eyewitness News WTVO WQRF, Feb 8, 2022. Available from YouTube

The deal includes a Hard Rock VIP suite inside the BMO Harris Bank Center at center ice. The suite will be named "The Stage" and feature 56 seats, a bar, private buffet, restrooms and Hard Rock decor including memorabilia from Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen.

Hard Rock will also sponsor a new game intro, in-game entertainment and a larger video scoreboard.

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Hard Rock Rockford is granted final license for construction

January 29, 2022

This week the Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) voted 4 to 1 to license the Hard Rock Casino Rockford to build a $310 million casino on the site of the former Clock Tower Resort at 7801 E. State Street at the I-90 exit ramp.

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Rockford's Hard Rock Casino gets license approval - Courtesy of Eyewitness News WTVO WQRF, Jan 27, 2022. Available from YouTube

The license gives Hard Rock two years to complete the construction of the casino; however, construction cannot begin until the required disclosures are submitted and approved by the board. Construction is expected this spring and take 18-24 month to complete.

Hard Rock Casino Rockford is the first to be licensed of the six new casinos authorized in the 2019 Illinois casino bill.

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Rockford Casino earns $8.4M in first two months

January 13, 2022

Since opening Nov. 10, Rockford's Hard Rock casino has generated $8.4 million in revenues. Of that amount the casino will pay 511,000 to state taxes and $255,400 to local taxes. According to the Illinois Gaming Board, Rockford Casino earned $4.1 million In November and $4.3 million in December.

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Rockford's Hard Rock casino earns $8.4 million in first two months - Courtesy of Eyewitness News WTVO WQRF, Jan 11, 2022. Available from YouTube

Rockford Casino is a temporary casino that will operate until the opening of the permanent Hard Rock Casino Rockford in 2024.

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Hard Rock's Rockford Casino brings $4.1M in first month

December 9, 2021

Hard Rock's temporary casino in Rockford, Illinois pulled $4.1 million in revenue in November. The number of casino visitors was 41,637. The Rockford casino opened November 10, 2021 and will operate 24/7 during the two-year construction period of the Hard Rock Casino Rockford.

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Hard Rock's Rockford Casino rakes in $4.1M in first month - Courtesy of Eyewitness News WTVO WQRF, Dec 8, 2021. Available from YouTube

The Rockford Casino revenues in November have generated $497,000 in state taxes and $249,000 in taxes for the Rockford area.

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Hard Rock opens temporary casino in Rockford, IL

November 11, 2021

Yesterday Hard Rock International opened a temporary casino named Rockford Casino to operate during the construction phase of the $310 million Hard Rock Casino in Rockford, IL. The doors were opened to the public at 11 AM.

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Rockford temporary casino opens to the public - Courtesy of Eyewitness News WTVO WQRF, Nov 10, 2021. Available from YouTube

Hard Rock has branded its Rockford temporary casino, "Rockford Casino, A Hard Rock Opening Act". The casino is open 24/7 and will continue operating until the opening of the permanent Hard Rock Casino Rockland.

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Video Tour of Hard Rock's Rockford Casino

October 18, 2021

Take a preview walk through Rockford's temporary Hard Rock Casino, which opens in a few weeks. The 21,000 square foot facility is ready to open with over 700 slot machines, a players club, a bar and a restaurant.

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Take a look inside A Hard Rock Opening Act, Rockford's interim casino - Courtesy of Rock River Current, Oct 14, 2021. Available from YouTube

The Rockford Casino will open in November and operate during the construction of the Hard Rock Casino Rockford.

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Rockford's Hard Rock Casino Delays Opening Date

October 14, 2021

The opening of the temporary Rockford Casino will now likely be in November. An exact date has not been announced. This is a slight delay from the late October date expected after completing the renovation of the former Giovanni's Restaurant & Convention Center as the new home for the Rockford temporary slots casino.

A Hard Rock International official explained:

"We want to make sure that when we open that everything is ready. There's the regulatory side and we want to make sure we are doing everything in compliance. We want to make sure all our new band members (250 employees) have the opportunity to be onboarded and trained, so when we open it's the best experience for our guests and the best experience for our team members."

- Dawn Reynolds-Pettit, Hard Rock Regional VP, HR

The temporary Rockford Casino will open at 610 N. Bell School Road in Rockford. The 21,000-square-foot facility will include 635 slot machines, a restaurant, snack bar and casino bar. The casino is expected to operate until the permanent Hard Rock Casino Rockford opens in 2024.

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Hard Rock Casino Rockford prepares to open temporary casino

September 20, 2021

Hard Rock Casino in Rockford, IL is preparing to open a temporary slots casino inside the former Giovanni's Restaurant & Convention Center within the next few weeks. During the past two months Hard Rock has interviewed and hired hundreds of new employees for the casino.

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Hard Rock Casino to open temporary casino in November, hiring hundreds of positions - Courtesy of Eyewitness News WTVO WQRF, Sep 8, 2021. Available from YouTube

Many jobs at Hard Rock are still not filled. If your are interested, check out the current Hard Rock Job Listings.

Hard Rock Rockford job opportunites include cage operations, slot operations, facilities, finance, food and beverage, restaurant services, IT, security, surveillance, and administration.

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Rockford's Hard Rock Casino will open temporary casino in November

July 30, 2021

The Hard Rock casino project in Rockford, Illinois will open a temporary slots casino in October 2021 to operate during the construction a permanent facility. The date was announced during a vendor fair on Wednesday.

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Rockford's temporary Hard Rock Casino to open in October - Courtesy of Eyewitness News WTVO WQRF, Jul 28, 2021. Available from YouTube

The Illinois Gaming Board approved the Hard Rock temporary casino in a meeting last June. The temporary casino be a 21,000 square foot facility with 635 slot machines, a restaurant. a snack concession and a bar.

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Hard Rock Casino Rockford advances with key IGB approvals

July 18, 2021

Hard Rock Casino Rockford made a major advance this week in its long approval process with the Illinois Gaming Board. The board approved the list of owners, executives, managers and associated companies that will operate the Rockford casino.

Hard Rock Chief Operating Officer Jon Lucas said, "This is a giant step forward. We're excited to get this project up and running beginning with the construction of the temporary casino."

The temporary casino is expected to open within three to four months inside the former Giovanni's Restaurant at 610 N. Bell School Road. Details.

This week's approvals by the Illinois Gaming Board included eleven management and executive personnel, six additional owner investors and five associated businesses.

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Hard Rock Casino Rockford gets OK for temp casino

June 28, 2021

The Illinois Gaming Board has approved construction of a temporary Hard Rock Casino in Rockford inside the former Giovanni's Restaurant and Convention Center. The temporary casino will open this Fall and operated for 18-24 months as the permanent Hard Rock Casino Rockford is under construction.

The temporary Hard Rock building will have 37,790 square feet. After an $8.8 million renovation, this casino will feature 635 slot machines and two restaurants. There will be no table games in this facility.

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Construction can begin on Rockford's temporary Hard Rock Casino - Courtesy of Eyewitness News WTVO WQRF, Jun 25, 2021. Available from YouTube

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Hard Rock Casino Rockford takes major steps forward

June 14, 2021

The Hard Rock Casino Rockford project took several major steps forward in last week's Illinois Gaming Board meeting. The Board approved a list of casino executives and investors and issued a Casino Supplier License to the property owner of the temporary and permanent casino sites. The actions allow Hard Rock to now seek approvals of construction plans for both casinos.

"Now that the owner of the proposed temporary site and the proposed permanent site for the casino in Rockford has been licensed, that project can move forward with requesting approval to commence construction on the temporary and permanent facility." - Marcus Fruchter, Illinois Gaming Board

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Rockford casino moves forward - Courtesy of 13 WREX, Jun 9, 2021. Available from YouTube

Construction of the temporary casino can now begin once the construction plans are approved. At that point it will take 90-120 days to open the facility for gambling. The gaming license must still be issued before then. The permanent casino is expected to takwe 24-30 months to complete.

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Hard Rock Rockford clears casino site

March 15, 2021

Construction crews are clearing the site for the Hard Rock Casino planned for Rockford, IL following preliminary approval from the Illinois Gaming Board to begin construction. Crews are removing the former Coco Key Water Resort, which closed in 2015, and the Forest City Tennis Center, which burned down in 2020.

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Crews clear way for future Hard Rock Casino site - Courtesy of Eyewitness News WTVO WQRF, Mar 10, 2021. Available from YouTube

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Hard Rock Casino Rockford gets green light for construction

February 11, 2021

The Illinois Gaming Board voted unanimously last week to allow construction of the Hard Rock Casino Rockford to move forward. The board found "preliminary suitability" for the casino project although questions remain unanswered concerning the video gambling endeavors of the key investor.

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Hard Rock can begin construction on temporary Rockford casino - Courtesy of Eyewitness News WTVO WQRF, Feb 4, 2021. Available from YouTube

The Gaming Board's action is an important step for the Rockford casino, howevedr, it is only another preliminary step. After further investigations are completed by the board, the final step will be the issuance of a casino license for the Hard Rock Casino Rockford.

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Hard Rock Casino is approved by Rockford City Council

October 12, 2019

The Rockford City Council voted 11-1 last week to certify Hard Rock International's $310 million casino proposal as the city's single choice for a casino. The vote allows Hard Rock to submit its casino application to the Illinois Gaming Board, which has up to one year to review, process and approve their license.

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Video courtesy of Rockford Register Star

The Rockford City Council selected Hard Rock International over two other proposals. Rockford. Gorman & Co. proposed building a casino in the downtown Rockford and Forest City Partners proposed building a casino at I-90 and Spring Creek Road.

Hard Rock has guaranteed payments to the city. The temporary casino will begin operations upon state licensing. At that time the city will receive 15% of net income but no less than $1,820,000 in the first year. Afterwards it will receive 5% of net income but no less than $1,070,000 per year.

When the permanent casino opens the city will receive 1% of net income in the first two years and 0.5% of net income afterwards.

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Forest City Casino Proposal

September 23, 2019

Proposed Forest City Casino Site

The third applicant for a Rockford casino license is Forest City Partners. The company proposes a $500M casino complex off Lyford Road in Forest City.

The Forest City proposal includes a casino, hotel, golf comples, waterpark and senior housing. The proposed site is 136 acres. The casino and hotel would reuire 52 acres. Senior housing would be allocated 7 acres.

The Rockford City Council will recommend one of more of the applicants to the Illinois Gaming Board by September 30.

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Second Proposal for Rockford Casino

DOWNTOWN CASINO, ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT, AQUARIUM

July 29, 2019

The Hard Rock Casino proposal for Rockford now has serious competition from Rock River West Casino Group, a local partnership with developer Gorman & Company. This group is proposing a downtown casino with an entertainment district including an aquarium.

Artist rendering of a downtown Rockford casino with entertainment district

Gorman & Company is building the Embassy Suites Hotel and Rockford Conference Center in downtown Rockford and has an option to buy 13 acres south of the hotel.

The company proposes building a downtown casino and entertainment complex on that site with pedestrian walkways to the hotel and adjacent train station. The project includes and aquarium.

This casino proposal will be submitted to the city by the August 16 deadline.

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Hard Rock Casino Proposed for Rockford IL

July 17, 2019

The first announced proposal to build a casino in Rockford came from Hard Rock International. On Tuesday Hard Rock CEO Jim Allen hosted a news event at the former site of the Clock Tower Resort. This property is the proposed location for the Hard Rock Casino Rockford. Hard Rock introduced the casino plan it will submit to the Rockford City Council before the deadline Aug 16th.

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Video courtesy of Eyewitness News WTVO WQRF

The Hard Rock plan includes a casino, a music and entertainment venue, rstaurants, retail stores and a hotel. The first phase of construction is estimated to take 12-14 months to complete.

Artist rendering of the proposed Hard Rock Casino Rockford

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2022

News Hard Rock Casino Rockford prepares for groundbreaking May 26, 2022 - Hard Rock Casino Rockford is preparing to break ground on a permanent casino soon at the site of the old Clock Tower. The new construction will include a casino and a 250-room hotel. ... Read more News Hard Rock Casino Rockford expedites hotel build May 15, 2022 - Hard Rock now plans to build a 250-room hotel concurrently with the construction of its casino. The original plan was to build the hotel a few years after opening the casino. The first phase was to build only ... Read more News Rockford Casino Status Report - March 2022 March 24, 2022 - Although the temporary Rockford Casino has been operating since November, construction of the permanent Hard Rock Casino in Rockford has not started and a groundbreaking date has not been ... Read more News Rockford Casino adds Sunday Jazz Brunch, WINESdays in March March 4, 2022 - Rock Hard's temporary casino ion Rockford, A Hard Rock Opening Act, has added two weekly events for March. The first is "Sunday Jazz Brunch" at the Rock River Bar & Grill every Sunday ... Read more News Hard Rock Casino Rockford partners with IceHogs February 11, 2022 - This week Hard Rock Casino Rockford announced a five-year sponsorship deal with the Rockford IceHogs, the AHL affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks. The deal includes a Hard Rock VIP suite inside. ... Read more News Hard Rock Rockford is granted final license for construction January 29, 2022 - This week the Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) voted 4 to 1 to license the Hard Rock Casino Rockford to build a $310 million casino on the site of the former Clock Tower Resort at ... Read more News Hard Rock introduces new "Messi Burger" March 9, 2022 - Hard Rock Cafe has partnered with soccer legend Lionel Messi to introduce a new burger to all Hard Rock Cafe menus worldwide. The new "Messi Burger" is the latest addition to Hard Rock International's "LIVE ... Read more

2021

News Hard Rock opens temporary casino in Rockford, IL November 11, 2021 - Yesterday Hard Rock International opened a temporary casino named Rockford Casino to operate during the construction phase of the $310 million Hard Rock Casino in Rockford, IL. ... Read more News Video Tour of Hard Rock's Rockford Casino October 18, 2021 - Take a preview walk through Rockford's temporary Hard Rock Casino, which opens in a few weeks. The 21,000 square foot facility is ready to open with over 700 slot machines, a bar and grill and a casino bar. ... Read more News Rockford Casino earns $8.4M in first two months January 13, 2022 - Since opening Nov. 10, Rockford's Hard Rock casino has generated $8.4 million in revenues. Of that amount the casino will pay 511,000 to state taxes and $255,400 to local taxes. According to the ... Read more News Hard Rock's Rockford Casino brings $4.1M in first month December 9, 2021 - Hard Rock's temporary casino in Rockford, Illinois pulled $4.1 million in revenue in November. The number of casino visitors was 41,637. The Rockford casino opened November 10, 2021 and ... Read more News Rockford's Hard Rock Casino Delays Opening Date October 14, 2021 - The opening of the temporary Rockford Casino will now likely be in November. An exact date has not been announced. This is a slight delay from the late October date expected after completing the ... Read more News Hard Rock Casino Rockford prepares to open temporary casino September 20, 2021 - Hard Rock Casino in Rockford, IL is preparing to open a temporary slots casino within the next few weeks. During the past two months Hard Rock has hired hundreds of new employees ... Read more News Rockford's Hard Rock Casino will open temporary casino in November July 30, 2021 - The Hard Rock casino project in Rockford, Illinois will open a temporary slots casino in October 2021 to operate during the construction a permanent facility. The date was ... Read more News Hard Rock Casino Rockford advances with key IGB approvals July 18, 2021 - Hard Rock Casino Rockford made a major advance this week in its long approval process with the Illinois Gaming Board. The board approved the list of owners, executives, managers and assoc ... Read more News Hard Rock Casino Rockford gets OK for temp casino June 28, 2021 - The Illinois Gaming Board has approved construction of a temporary Hard Rock Casino in Rockford inside the former Giovanni's Restaurant and Convention Center. The temporary casino ... Read more News Hard Rock Casino Rockford takes major steps forward June 14, 2021 - The Hard Rock Casino Rockford project took several major steps forward in last week's Illinois Gaming Board meeting. The Board approved a list of casino executives and investors and issued a ... Read more News Hard Rock Rockford clears casino site March 15, 2021 - Construction crews are clearing the site for the Hard Rock Casino planned for Rockford, IL following preliminary approval from the Illinois Gaming Board to begin construction. Crews are removing the ... Read more News Hard Rock Casino Rockford gets green light for construction February 11, 2021 - The Illinois Gaming Board voted unanimously last week to allow construction of the Hard Rock Casino Rockford to move forward. The board found "preliminary suitability" for the ... Read more

2019

News Hard Rock Casino is approved by Rockford City Council October 12, 2019 - Rockford City Council selected Hard Rock International over two other proposals as Rockford's single applicant for state licensing. Hard Rock will build a $310M casino with 65,000-sq-ft ... Read more News Ho-Chunk Nation responds to Hard Rock Rockford application July 18, 2019 - Ho-Chunk Nation has responded to Hard Rock's application to build a casino in Rockford, IL and says it will "make the region a powerhouse." ... Read more News Hard Rock Casino Proposed for Rockford IL July 17, 2019 - Hard Rock International is the first to announce their plan to build a casino in Rockford, IL. It includes a casino, an entertainment and music venue, restaurants, retail stores and a hotel. ... Read more News Forest City Casino Proposal September 23, 2019 - The third applicant for a Rockford casino license proposes a $500M casino, hotel and entertainment complex in Forest City. It would include a golf entertainment center, waterpark and family fun center. ... Read more News Second Proposal for Rockford Casino July 29, 2019 - A downtown casino and entertainment complex including an aquarium is proposed by Rock River West Casino Group, a local partnership with developer Gorman & Company, ... Read more News Ho-Chunk Nation's casino plan for Beloit gets challenge from Rockford IL July 5, 2019 - As the Beloit tribal casino awaits a federal go-ahead decision, Illinois has enacted a massive gambling expansion bill that will bring a casino to Rockford, IL. ... Read more

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