We are seeing more and more large casinos in the Midwest. The Blue Chip Casino & Hotel
in Michigan City, Indiana recently opened its new, 22-story hotel tower, Spa Blu
. The tower is part of a $130 million expansion project that added two restaurants, an event center and a luxury spa to the Blue Chip which still has its casino area out on a riverboat. The tower has 272 rooms and 30 suites, the most lavish of which is the loft, a 1,575 foot suite with glass walls showcasing views of Lake Michigan and the surrounding countryside. Rooms in the Spa Blu tower start at $95.
The casino is hoping to lure back customers with the flashy renovations. Since the Four Winds Casino
in New Buffalo, Michigan opened in 2007, the Blue Chip Casino has seen business fall by 40 percent.