Grand Victoria Casino beefs up banquet, meetings business in $1M redo – Chicago Tribune

Grand Victoria Casino General Manager Jim Thomason jokes that when Tony Orlando comes to Elgin on Dec. 8 to perform at the venue, he will introduce the singer to another Tony Orlando.

The local Orlando’s full first name is Antoinette, and about a month ago, after six years working at the casino, she became the facility’s sales and catering manager for its banquet and meeting rooms.

“It’s been a smooth transition,” Orlando said. “We have a great team here.”

Orlando’s promotion coincides with the Grand Victoria turning what was an upstairs room for VIP gamblers into a meeting and banquet space, now called the Victoria Ballroom, that can seat up to 100 people and a remodel of its bigger hall into the Grand Ballroom, which seats up to 300.

Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau President and CEO Kimberly Bless said the organization works in partnership with other hotels and banquet facilities to bring meetings, weddings and social events to the area.

“With the newly renovated banquet space at the Grand Victoria Casino, it provides a fantastic opportunity to showcase a venue that overlooks the picturesque Fox River, giving us a unique advantage in attracting new business compared to other banquet venues in the Chicagoland area without that type of a view,” Bless aid.

The cost of the renovation was $1 million, Thomason said. Having extra meeting and banquet space is projected to bring another $2 million to $3 million to the operation in a few years, he said.

The redone rooms are among the moves the casino, which opened in 1994, is making to diversify its revenue streams in the face of the proliferation of legal gambling in Illinois, more bars and restaurants requesting gaming machines and the possibility of more casinos, including in Rockford and Arlington Heights,

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