Hollywood Casino- Aurora IL

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  1. MisterInside, Aug 23, 2021

    MisterInside

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    Returned to Naperville IL area for the first time in 25 years to celebrate a friend’s 70th birthday today. We were in the same first grade class in the Fall of 1957 at St Matthew’s Elementary in Baltimore. Coincidentally, we both worked for Monkey Wards for many years and Wards moves us to Chicago in the ‘80s.

    Today was my first trip to a casino since Covid ended the world.

    We arrived at 10 am. One of their two tables was open. $15 minimum, 10x odds and they only allowed three players on each side. They were taking names for others who wanted to play. No plexiglass. You wouldn’t have expected the limited number of players rule, but….No bubbles. Nice mix of the older slot machines mixed with the new graphic styles.

    Table was a little warm but got very cold and stayed that way. I was fortunate to escape only $116 down, playing 6/8 (and Pass/5x odds when I had the dice). The guy next to me dropped > $1500 during the time that I lost $116. A cute but very small casino. They had one $25 BJ table open. Birthday boy won $400 on the BJ table.

    I don’t recognize Naperville anymore. There is no commercial or residential real estate left to build anything, anywhere.

    Birthday boy pays > $12,000 a year in real estate taxes. How do retirees afford to live here? Traffic and congestion abound. A nice place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live here.

    Back to beautiful Ohio on Wednesday and getting ready for Travers Day at Saratoga on Saturday. SIX Grade 1 races at the Spa. Arguably the best racing card of the year other than the Breeders Cup.

    Where has summer gone?
     
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    12000 a year taxes, depending on size of property thats about average here on long island.
    I live on a tiny 45x105 foot property, tiny house, and I pay around 9 grand a year.
    My son lives in a ritzy area with a bit over an acre and a much bigger home, his taxes are over 30 now.
     
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  3. random_roller, Aug 29, 2021

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    Hope you had a nice visit, MRI. If I would have know you were in the area, I would have made the drive to Hollywood Casino Aurora and said hello. Perhaps another time. It's a decent casino but I doubt Penn National Gaming will be investing serious money into the facility, so it will likely continue to be a locals-type casino even though it has a national players reward program.

    Naperville is now the 4th largest city (by population) in Illinois with just under 150K per the 2020 Census. It is definitely not the same sleepy little town back when you lived there in the 80s. Now the city is basically a giant strip mall with McMansions sprinkled throughout. Part of the reason property taxes in Illinois are so high in certain areas is because that is what funds public schools (for that area). Naperville has very good public schools that request a certain level of funding (much higher per student than, say, Chicago Public Schools). Residents have to ante up to cover that requested funding.

    Traffic in Chicagoland sucks, no doubt about it. Unfortunately, the planners did a really poor job IMO with the interstate system. Too many routes intersect too close to the city. Doesn't help matters there are thousands of trucks, endless road construction, occasional shootings that close major routes and lots of, ahem, challenged drivers from neighboring states who really don't know how to drive in a big city. Ironically, public transportation is actually decent in the region (to/from downtown Chicago), but as we all know, Americans love cars and generally dislike using public transportation for commuting to work.
     
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  4. MisterInside, Aug 30, 2021

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    McMansions (custom homes) built on lots next to modest ranchers in the older parts of downtown, near the River Walk.

    My friend owns the Antique store on Aurora Rd near Rt 59. I was in town for his 70th. I plan to go back next August and will definitely look you up.

    I left at 4:30 am to drive the 7 hours home. I took 355 South to 80 East in order to avoid 294, 94. A few miles longer but a lot less stressful driving in the dark.
     
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  6. KokomoJoe4, Sep 3, 2021

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    Danke R H. How should we refer to you, do you prefer Supper or Hardly?
     
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