Illinois: Arlington Heights Plan Commission recommends zoning change for Chicago Bears’ proposed sports wagering facility

Illinois: Arlington Heights Plan Commission recommends zoning change for Chicago Bears’ proposed sports wagering facility

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  • Caroline Kubzansky, Pioneer Press
October 13, 2022 6:21 PM
  • Caroline Kubzansky, Pioneer Press

The Arlington Heights Plan Commission agreed Wednesday night to recommend that the Village Board approve amending the zoning for the Arlington International Racecourse site to allow for a sports betting facility there — as long as it’s part of a professional sports stadium.

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The move comes after the Chicago Bears football team in 2021 signed a $197.2 million purchase agreement for the racecourse, then last month publicly presented a redevelopment plan that would include a sports wagering facility as part of a $5 billion, multiyear project. The team proposed to build both an NFL stadium and an adjoining mixed-use commercial and residential district.

In July 2021, the Village Board approved an ordinance that established the Arlington International Race Course Overlay Zoning District.