Officials of Harrah’s Entertainment Inc. (HET) were given the red-carpet treatment last week when they opened the first 10 floors of their new hotel in East Chicago, Ind.
The $47 million property that adjoins Harrah’s riverboat on Lake Michigan will have all of its 15 floors open in early February.
But even with a partial opening, the hotel means another 100 jobs to the community that has been hard hit by the closing of a plant operated by LTV Corp. The company has closed its steel production mill at the Indiana Harbor Works, thus putting some 1,300 people out of work.
Situated next to its casino pavilion, Harrah’s hotel has 286 standard rooms as well as seven super suites. The rooms measure 500 square feet or as much as 40% larger than other standard rooms at hotels in the Chicago area. The property is widely-regarded as Indiana’s finest.
“People who are used to staying at the best hotels in Chicago will be amazed to see the same level of quality and service exists right here in East Chicago,” remarked Mayor Robert Pastrick.
“I’m thrilled to welcome nearly 100 new jobs and a one-of-a-kind hotel to our city. There’s no doubt in my mind this exceptional new facility will attract significant out-of-town dollars to our local economy,” he said.