Opinion: Mayor Lightfoot’s about to make a bad bet Editorial, Crain's Chicago Business · July 20, 2019 at 2:32 pm The new mayor has tipped her hand as to where she’d like to place a casino in Chicago—and unfortunately for the city, it’s possible she’s going to make a bad bet. Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration on July 17 released a list of five sites it wants to explore as possible locations for the city-owned casino approved in the last round of budget negotiations in Springfield. All five are in outlying and economically depressed South and West Side neighborhoods. Each has been the focus of one sort of prospective development or another. None is in or near downtown. On the shortlist: the former Michael Reese Hospital complex at 31st Street and Cottage Grove Avenue; the former U.S. Steel parcel at 80th Street and the lake; property that now adjoins the publicly owned Harborside golf course at 111th Street and the Bishop Ford Freeway; former industrial property on a 23-acre North Lawndale site at Roosevelt Road and Kostner Avenue; and 19 vacant acres owned by the Chicago Housing Authority at Pershing Road and State Street.