Gambling in Chicago

Chicago gambling is having a moment

By the time you read this, Gov. Pat Quinn may have signed into law a bill that would bring slot machines to both local airports and five new casinos to the state, including one in downtown Chicago. Yes, the odds of our dog winning the World Series of Poker are probably better than the chances of all that getting the green light. A safer bet: The Chicago casino Rahm is pushing for will be approved-Quinn has said he's open to the idea. Between that, the new Rivers Casino near O'Hare and legalized poker machines coming soon to Illinois taverns, gambling is having a moment. We chime in with local casino picks, tales from inside the biz and a look at the psychology behind the gaming floor-insights that, whether poker pro or slot player, you'll want to have up your sleeve.

The best Chicago casinos

Our guide to the greatest gambling hits within 75 miles.

Gambling is my life

From dealer to pro poker player to bookie, five locals share tales from inside the betting biz.

The psychology behind casino design

Colors, crowds and odors can affect how much you play and how long you stay.

The state of gambling in Illinois

A look at the slow-going expansion of statewide gambling

Funniest slot machines

Our favorite slots at local casinos.

A night at Rivers Casino

We see how far $100 can get us at the new casino in Des Plaines

The highlight: Las Vegas

Racing a Ferrari on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.