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Dealer's Choice: Best Casinos A Chartered Bus Ride Away For Groups Of All Ages

From slot machines to top-notch entertainment, a chartered bus trip to a casino offers numerous options for group members. If you play your cards right, you and your group can have a great time together. To get started in planning a road trip, take a look at these five casinos located within about 300 miles of downtown Chicago.


French Lick Casino

8670 W. State Road 56
French Lick, IN 47432
(888) 936-9360

When you visit French Lick Casino you can expect to play slot games, table games and even catch an entertaining show. The casino boasts more than 1,000 slot games and hosts promotions and tournaments if you feel Lady Luck is on your side. Approximately 280 miles from downtown Chicago, you might want to make a weekend of your trip with your group. In which case, you can book hotel rooms for your group through the French Lick Springs Hotel or West Baden Springs Hotel. Spas, hiking, biking, tennis and other activities are also available for those who want to take a break from the games.



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Grand Victoria Casino

250 S. Grove Ave.
Elgin, IL 60120
(847) 468-7000

Located approximately 40 miles from downtown Chicago, Grand Victoria Casino has approximately 1,100 slots. If members of your group would rather play a table game, then step right up. The casino has games that include Blackjack and Baccarat. There's also a high limit room. Members of your group can cool their heels a bit in one of the casino's four restaurants. The casino also offers a wide selection of live entertainment. For a schedule of upcoming performers set to take the stage, be sure to take a look at the casino's website.


Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison

4002 Evan Acres Road
Madison, WI 53718
(608) 223-9576

With more than 1,200 slot machines, there's something for just about everyone in your group at Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison. After playing the slot machines, pause for a break and refuel with your group at the venue's Gamers Grill. The venue is located near several hotels, so you can easily make the trip an overnight or weekend event for your group. Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin has additional locations throughout the Badger State, with facilities in Black River Falls, Nekoosa, Tomah, Wisconsin Dells and Wittenberg.


Mystique Casino & Resort

1855 Greyhound Park Road
Dubuque, IA 52001
(800) 373-3647

From poker to slots and table games, Mystique Casino & Resort offers many options for your group to try their luck and maybe score a win. With five restaurants and lots of entertainment on the schedule, your group can have fun and gear up for more game playing. The casino is located just under 200 miles from downtown Chicago and can be planned as a day trip destination. If you'd like to extend the trip, then consider checking out hotel packages in the area.


Rivers Casino

3000 S. River Road
Des Plaines, IL 60018
(847) 795-0777

When time is of the essence, planning a quick getaway may be just what your group needs. Rivers Casino is located just outside Chicago in the suburb of Des Plaines, and boasts a wide range of entertainment options. In addition to slots and tables, the casino offers several dining options, including a buffet and other types of cuisine. Rivers Casino has a slew of shows on the calendar, with cover bands and DJs on the schedule. The casino's full entertainment calendar can be found online.


This article was written by Megan Horst-Hatch of for CBS Local.

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