Rush Street was formed in the mid-1990s when legendary real estate developer, Neil Bluhm, met financier, Greg Carlin.
Neil’s resume already included marquee developments, such as Boston’s Faneuil Hall and Copley Place, the Los Angeles mega-complex Century City and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange to name just a few. Greg, a successful investment banker, had an affinity for facility design and gaming operations. Together, they formed a partnership to pursue an RFP issued by the Canadian government to build a casino in Niagara Falls. That collaboration resulted in the ground-up development and operation of Fallsview Casino Resort, to this day the highest-grossing casino in Canada.
With a proven track record of prominent real estate, upwards of a $50 billion portfolio, and a passion for casino design and development—plus an early and momentous win with Fallsview—Neil and Greg were just getting started. These two Chicago natives were well on their way to forming one of the fastest-growing casino gaming companies in the world … Rush Street.
Rush Street is named after the iconic Chicago north-south roadway, which borders the company headquarters. Rush Street has been a storied downtown Chicago thoroughfare since the early 1800s, with its residents and businesses constantly evolving. Known for urban vitality, Rush Street’s restaurants, hotels, nightlife and high-end retail are a metaphor for Rush Street the company—an ever-changing, wonderfully compelling destination.
Today, Rush Street is comprised of several full-service casinos, internet gaming, myriad of restaurants, multiple hotels, television production and more. What thematically connects all Rush Street business units is our destination-based gaming, entertainment and recreation value proposition.
Rush Street is also one of the fastest-growing gaming companies in North America, launching four casinos in four years within the past decade. Rush Street and its affiliates have invested more than $3 billion of capital and created more than 9,000 jobs.