Blue Chip Casino Hotel Spa milestones mark their 20-year legacy as a staple resort in Michigan City

Blue Chip Casino Hotel Spa milestones mark their 20-year legacy as a staple resort in Michigan City
By: Kole Rushmore Last Updated: December 31, 2019

When Blue Chip Casino Hotel Spa officials first set their eyes on Michigan City in the 1990s, they saw an opportunity - a chance to help make the city a destination for travelers and vacationers. With a lakefront view, first-class eateries, and shopping, the city has become a resort town, and when the casino sailed in, it became an anchor for tourism.

Over the last 20-plus years in Michigan City, Blue Chip Casino Hotel Spa has become a staple in the community. With 65,000 square feet of casino space, exquisite food offerings, all-star entertainment, and a five-star spa, Blue Chip has become one of Northwest Indiana’s premier entertainment destinations. 

When the casino first opened in 1997, Blue Chip was casino built on a small, floating vessel with a hotel and restaurants. At that time, only riverboat casinos were permitted in Indiana, so the casino had to be built to sail on Trail Creek (albeit back and forth), staffed by a captain and crew. After Boyd Gaming purchased the casino in 2006, a new larger vessel was built. 

In 2009, the casino expanded again - this time on land, after legislation passed allowing land-based facilities. The addition brought a second hotel tower 22 stories tall and an additional 302 rooms, some with views of Lake Michigan. In the same year, Blue Chip built Spa Blue and the Stardust Event Center.

Last fall, Blue Chip Casino made another big stride when they expanded the event center by 45,000 square feet for their newest addition, FanDuel Sportsbook. FanDuel features five betting windows, 13 video displays, 13 self-service IGT PlaySportsbetting kiosks, and two sports tickers.

Along the way, each milestone has been a direct response to the latest travel trends, keeping in mind what travelers want most out of a resort destination, and the fact that tourists can also be right in the community. Blue Chip Casino Hotel Spa is a perfect staycation getaway for those looking to escape the every day for gaming entertainment, nightlife, and dining.

Today, the casino has become a full-service resort. If you’re looking for a quick weekend getaway or need to unwind from a full day of gaming action, Blue Chip Hotel offers the perfect place to relax, with a choice of 486 luxurious rooms and suites.

Stardust Event Center and Rocks Lounge have hosted big-name entertainment, including Kenny Rogers, and 38 Special, and region favorites like the Crawpuppies and the Whistlepigs. The event center offers full service for weddings, corporate events, banquets, fundraisers, and more.

Blue Chip Casino Hotel Spa attracts thousands of people from far and wide each year and contributes significantly to the local economy. In addition to the millions the casino pays in taxes each month, Blue Chip invests more than $1 million back into the community annually.

For more information on Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa and any of the services they provide, visit their website