6 million patrons visit Potawatomi Bingo Casino annually, making it one of the most lucrative franchises in Milwaukee. The casino is also one of the largest employers in the area. The project has most recently been praised by Milwaukee developers, business leaders, and environmentalists, who point to it as a prime example of a successful reuse of the city's derelict factory-district. The tribe was one of the first groups to undertake the task of developing the brown field ridden Menomonee Valley, which, now 23-years later, is one of Milwaukee's most important areas of investment.
Gaming and Entertainment
The main gaming floor at Potawatomi Bingo Casino houses a variety of 3,100 slot machines. Ranging from a penny per play to five dollars, as well as a number of different formats, everyone can have a chance at their own jackpot. Table games on the main floor include poker, blackjack, craps, baccarat, and roulette. A smaller card room hosts the more advanced games, with a pot topping $85,000 at the end of the year. But, the most exclusive area at Potawatomi Bingo Casino is the Solstice Lounge. Through a point system, players can become members of the Fire Keepers Club Black, allowing them access to special features and discounts offered in the Solstice Lounge, including higher-stakes table games and $100 slot machines.
Complimenting the outstanding gaming experience at Potawatomi Bingo Casino are an array of entertainment options, including restaurants, special events, concerts, and conventions.
- The Northern Lights Theater hosts popular music and stand-up comedy acts year-round, as well as the annual Tribute to the King Elvis Presley impersonation competition.
- For the 2014 season, performances by the likes of STYX, Taj Mahal, and Don Rickles highlight the spring schedule.
- Four full-service restaurants, a buffet, and a food court are featured on the Potawatomi Bingo Casino grounds.
- International and Americana diners alike will find something great to eat with all the options presented at Dream Dance Steak, Wild Earth Cucina Italiana, The Fire Pit Sports Bar and Grill, RuYi, and the Buffet. For visitors on the move, the Menomonee Valley Food Court offers quick-bites from vendors selling tacos, deli sandwiches, and soul food.
- Don't leave your gambling experience without something to remember it by. The Sweet Grass Gift Shop offers Potawatomi Bingo Casino merchandise from t-shirts to designer handbags.
- The Forest County Potawatomi also sell hand-crafted Native American art at the gift shop, as well as tobacco products, cards, and many other small items.
The main floor, as well as designated parts of the bingo hall and off-track betting room, is smoking friendly. The Sky Lodge offers non-smokers a place to play slots, and all restaurants and common areas such as elevators and stairwells are non-smoking. The Northern Lights Theater is also non-smoking.
Potawatomi Bingo Casino Hotel
Exterior construction on the new Potawatomi Bingo Casino Hotel was finished late in 2013. As the final beams were laid, bids were already coming in from developers looking to finish the interior of the building, including nearly 400 rooms, seven conference halls, a full-service restaurant, and a spa. The $150 million project is also being touted as exceptionally "green". A storm water collection system will recycle precipitation into the building, low-flow fixtures will control water use, and demand-controlled ventilation will insure unused rooms are not being heated or cooled. Also, to help maintain and rejuvenate the surrounding Menomonee Valley ecosystem, only native species of plants will be used to decorate the hotel.
The Forest County Potawatomi tribe expects over 225 jobs will be created for Milwaukee county residents at the hotel, and more than 1,000 people are currently employed on the construction site. Planned benefits to the city of Milwaukee include $10 million annual revenue from taxes, in addition to the $5 million already paid-out through the casino.
Access and Parking
The Potawatomi Bingo Casino offers a number of convenient ways to get onto the grounds. Located just south of Interstate-94, drivers coming in their own vehicles can take exit 309B to Clybourn/25th Street. A free parking structure is available for all patrons of the casino, and disabled guests or members of the Fire Keepers Club receive free valet service. The casino also has transportation agreements with Badger Bus and Amtrak, offering casino goers discounted fares and special pick-up locations.