Is Sports Betting Legal in Illinois?
Yes, but you cannot bet in Illinois quite yet.
- Can you bet online? Pending
- Can you bet in person? Pending
Illinois surprised some by legalizing sports betting in 2019. Its bill is unique in this it gives its brick-and-mortar operations — casinos, racetracks and sports venues — an 18-month head start over online-only operators like FanDuel and DraftKings. The licensed brick-and-mortar operations can offer mobile betting right away, but there’s a little more friction in the process, as in-person registration will be required for 18 months. Under the bill, sports stadiums such as Wrigley Field (Cubs), the United Center (Bulls), Soldier Field (Bears) and Guaranteed Rate Field (White Sox) could apply to have betting kiosks.