326 Vermont Rd
Carterville, IL 62918
Walker's Bluff Casino is under construction in Williamson County, Illinois. The new casino resort will open in 2023 and feature 650 slot machines, 20 table games, a sports book, a 116-room hotel with pool and spa, a convention and entertainment center, and an indoor-outdoor water park
Under the Rebuild Illinois Law enacted in June 2019 a new casino license is allocated for the Resort at Walker's Bluff in Williamson County, Illinois.
Walker's Bluff vineyard began in 2008 as an upscale steak & seafood restaurant with entertainment, a wine cave and general store.
In June 2019 Illinois enacted legislation to greatly expand gambling in the state for the purpose of economic growth. Within the legislation was the authorization to build new casinos in six different cities. One of those new casinos was designated for Walker's Bluff in Carterville, Illinois.
On Oct 18, 2019 the Williamson County Board approved the Walker's Bluff casino plan for submission to the Illinois Gaming Board. The gaming board will make the final decision on issuance of a casino license.
If the casino is approved, Walker's Bluff will transform into a new destination resort named 'The Resort at Walker's Bluff'.
The Illinois Gaming Board granted the Walker's Bluff project a "preliminary suitability" status in June 2021, which is a preliminary license to proceed. See story
The Resort at Walker's Bluff will cost $180 million and add the following features to the existing property:
Casino will feature 650+ slot machines, 20 table games and a sports book.
Hotel will offer 116 guest rooms and suites and include a pool and spa.
Convention and entertainment center with 12,000 square feet
Indoor-outdoor water park open year-round
Additional information is expected after Walker's Bluff submits its casino application to the Illinois Gaming Board.
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August 21, 2022
Construction of Walker's Bluff Casino Resort continues on schedule for a 2023 grand opening. The aerial photo in this video shows the framing and foundation work is nearly finished.
WFCN reports the current construction work includes completion of the hotel framing, completion of the water tower, and start of the roadways and parking lot grading.
When finished, Walker's Bluff Casino Resort will feature a casino, hotel, convention and entertainment center, restaurants and an indoor-outdoor water park. The opening will be sometime in 2023. An approximate date has not been announced.
December 11, 2021
Gov. J.B. Pritzker was in Carterville this week to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Walker's Bluff Casino Resort. The casino will feature 650 slot machines, 20 table games and a sports book. The resort will feature a 116-room hotel with pool and spa, a convention and entertainment center, several restaurants, and an indoor-outdoor water park.
Gov. Pritzker expressed his enthusiasm for the Walker's Bluff Casino project:
"Add on top of that, all of the tourists that are going to come to not only to Walker's Bluff but to all the surrounding region and they are bringing their wallets with them."
- Gov. J.B. Pritzker
The Illinois Gaming Board granted approval to begin construction the Walker's Bluff Casino Resort last June.
June 13, 2021
Walker's Bluff owner Cynde Bunch announced this week, "We were granted a 'preliminary license to proceed'! Today we celebrate. Tomorrow at daylight we ride through a new set of hoops."
The Illinois Gaming Board has given the Walker Bluff casino project a "preliminary suitability" status, which is effectively a green light to start construction on the casino resort. The board action is not a final license but rather a major step in the long licensing process.
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