Rivers 78 Partnership

Related Midwest and Rush Street Gaming will deliver an Entertainment District with certainty of execution and top-tier operational expertise. We approach this venture with unparalleled, deeply rooted local knowledge, a profound connection to the community, ready-access to financial resources, and a proven record of creating celebrated destinations.

Related Midwest: Best-in-class developer with a 30 year track record

Related Midwest, the Chicago office of Related Companies, is the preeminent developer of luxury condominium and rental homes, affordable housing communities and mixed-use properties in Chicago and the Midwest. Known for its architecturally significant, market-defining projects, Related Midwest is also recognized for its progressive leadership in five-star property management, historic preservation, environmental sustainability, community engagement and a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Related Midwest has developed, acquired and preserved more than 6,500 affordable residences and currently has an additional 3,600 in development. Over the past 10 years, Related Midwest has awarded more than $250 million to minority and women-owned businesses and hired nearly 500 community residents. The company has also helped 21 small businesses launch and grow by awarding them their first contracts.

Rush Street Gaming: Local Gaming Developers, Operators and Experts

Rush Street is one of the premier gaming companies in North America, operating market-leading properties in major North American metropolitan areas. Rush Street and its affiliates have invested more than $3 billion of capital and created more than 9,000 jobs.

Today, Rush Street is comprised of full-service casinos, internet gaming, retail and online sportsbooks, a myriad of restaurants, multiple hotels, television production and more. What thematically connects all Rush Street business units is its regional gaming, entertainment, and recreation value proposition.

Rush Street currently operates casinos in Des Plaines, IL, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, PA, and the Capital Region of New York. Each was developed by Rush Street and each was the first casino in each city and completed on-time and on-budget. Their emphasis on aspirational customer experience through a combination of facility design and customer service standards results in market-leading performance.

Together, we have a proven track record of community commitment and investment in Chicago and across the country.

$250 million+
awarded to MBE/WBE
community hires
small businesses awarded a first contract
hours donated annually per property by RSG team members
businesses receive ongoing mentorship, support and training
$4.2 million
in scholarships awarded to Rivers Desplaines employees and families

Related Cares

For Related Midwest, real estate development and community development go hand in hand. Related brings more than 30 years of local experience developing market-defining projects and is a proven leader in equitable, community focused development practices that promote inclusion and social engagement. Social engagement and giving back is an essential piece of who we are as a company and what makes our business successful. Our holistic approach to building more inclusive cities includes a focus on affordable housing development and preservation, local recruitment, training and job placement and partnerships with non-profit organizations that focus on supporting children, sustainability, the local community, and the arts.

Related Affordable Foundation

The Related Affordable Foundation is a charitable organization committed to enriching the lives of Related’s affordable housing residents and breaking the generational cycle of poverty. The Related Affordable Foundation sponsors impactful program and activities in 16 neighborhoods of Chicago and to date has spent approximately $1.2 million in the areas of education, food security, health & wellness, and workforce development. Program areas include

  • Education: Scholarships, back-to-school drives, afterschool and summer programs.
  • Food Security: Hunger relief programs and meal initiatives.
  • Health & Wellness: Balanced lifestyle through health and wellness activities.
  • Workforce Development: Training for job-relevant skills, financial literacy and a pathway toward economic success.

Related Companies Philanthropic Partners

Rivers Gives

Community development and initiatives are core to the culture of Rush Street Gaming and the Rivers brand. Rivers properties started the “Rivers Gives” which is a volunteer program made available to Team Members to promote and encourage community service. Volunteers donate more than 2,000 staff hours annually per property in Rivers’ communities to paint shelters, clean up the riverfront, beautify park grounds and more. Each property also funds numerous local charities that are important to the community and Rivers Team Members.

Bluhm Family Foundation

The Bluhm family are lifelong Chicagoans committed to the health and prosperity of the community that they call home. That commitment to giving back can be seen in the impactful work of the Bluhm Family Foundation, as well as the extensive corporate philanthropy. The Bluhm Family Foundation, founded in 2007, strives to build a more vibrant and equitable Chicago by investing in promising solutions that help all Chicagoans live healthy, safe, and abundant lives. The Foundation and family have made substantial and leadership gifts in the following areas:

  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Safety and justice
  • Service
  • Direct community support
  • Arts and Culture

Rivers Casino Philanthropic Partners