I’ve always been an architecture enthusiast, and I’m also a trained architect, so it was a pleasure to build some of Chicago’s greatest buildings for Horseshoe Hammond. Horseshoe desired a project that would be regionally inspired and serve as a daily progression for patrons to enjoy. This project included the Sears Tower, Marina City, John Hancock, Wrigley Field, and Crain Communications building with its iconic slanted top.
One very interesting aspect of this project is that the entire Horseshoe Casino Hammond—concert venue and all—is built on top of a massive boat. I didn’t notice for a few days, until I saw uniformed skippers running around the casino and asked what they were doing. Despite its size, the boat moves around in the wind and up and down depending on the crowds and where they are in the building. You can’t tell the boat is moving, and thankfully the cards can’t tell either. So to my surprise, even though the boat was constantly in motion, only two cards fell from the project for the entire month the finished model was on display. It seems like a bad idea to build a house of cards like this (on a rocking boat, and in The Windy City, nonetheless!) but it was fantastic.