The band Maggie Speaks will perform during a 20th anniversary celebration for Harrah’s Joliet Casino & Hotels. Total Rewards Members are being treated to promotions culminating Sunday, May 26, with special jackpot bonuses, entertainment, giveaways and charitable donations.
At noon Sunday, Harrah’s will present $1,000 donations to 20 area charities, including United Way, Senior Services Center, The Miracle League of Joliet, Alzheimer’s Association, Will-Grundy Center for Independent Living and Easter Seals.
The band Hillbilly Rockstarz will entertain from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Stage 151, covering the latest country hits and older favorites.
From 7 to 10 p.m. Maggie Speaks takes the stage. Considered one of the hottest bands in Chicago, Maggie Speaks has shared the stage with Earth Wind and Fire, The Doobie Brothers and Jay Leno.
Every 20 minutes beginning at 2:20 p.m., Harrah’s will draw one winner for $1,000 free slot play. At 9:20 p.m., one guest will win $20,000 cash. All Total Rewards members will be eligible for the drawing, with entry details online. For the $20,000 prize, if the first name drawn does not claim the prize within five minutes, names will continue to be picked until a winner comes forward or 60 minutes has passed.
On May 4, 1993, Harrah’s Joliet received final approval from the Illinois Gaming Board to begin operations aboard a riverboat casino vessel, the Northern Star, which cruised the Des Plaines River six times a day.
The boat’s first cruise sold out within two hours of the Gaming Board’s announcement, and in the first month of operation, more than 70,000 guests visited Harrah’s Joliet. Later that same year, the property added a second boat, the Southern Star.
“I remember one evening when two guys with full fishing gear in tow were waiting in line to board the cruise,” says Peter Folster, slots and beverage supervisor. “They said they were planning to do a little fishing off the side of the boat while their wives played slots. Unfortunately, I had to tell them they couldn’t bring fishing gear and a cooler of beer aboard. Those were memorable days.”
In 2001, the enterprise moved from the riverboats to a single-level casino barge. Today, in addition to Vegas-style casino action, Harrah’s Joliet offers a 204-room hotel, award-winning restaurants, including Paula Deen’s Kitchen, a VIP lounge, a World Series of Poker room, retail outlets and an entertainment stage.
For more information, call 815-740-7800 or visit www.harrahsjoliet.com. To learn about all the Caesars Entertainment properties, visit www.caesars.com.