Blue Chip Casino Hotel Spa

Blue Chip Casino Hotel Spa is one of four Indiana casinos located in the northwest part of the state in relatively close proximity to Chicago. The property includes a 65,000-square-foot casino offering around 1,400 slots, 30 table games and a sportsbook.

The amenities include a 400-plus-room luxury hotel and spa, including restaurants, entertainment venues, shopping, convention space and more. Situated near the southernmost point of Lake Michigan, the casino is just a one-hour drive from Chicago and also easily accessible from elsewhere in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan.

Read on for an overview of all you can expect to find when visiting Blue Chip Casino Hotel Spa in Michigan City.

Blue Chip Casino Hotel Spa details

  • Address: 777 Blue Chip Drive, Michigan City, IN, 46360
  • Phone: (219) 879-7711
  • Operator: Boyd Gaming
  • Hours: 24 hours a day
  • Casino games: Slots, table games
  • Sportsbook: Yes
  • Poker room: No

Blue Chip Casino Hotel Spa

Casino games at Blue Chip Casino

The Blue Chip Casino Hotel Spa has slots galore, plenty of table game action and a sizable sportsbook to entertain visitors.

Blue Chip Casino slot machines

There are approximately 1,400 slot machines on the floor at Blue Chip Casino Hotel Spa. Slots range from just a penny per spin all of the way up to $100. Some favorite slot machines at Blue Chip Casino include:

  • Buffalo Ascension
  • Buffalo Gold
  • Captain Riches
  • Dancing Drums
  • Dragon Fu Dai Lian Lian
  • Dragon Link
  • Invaders Attack from the Planet Moolah
  • Wild Panda
  • Zoltar

You’ll also find around 100 video poker machines among the slots.

One prominent feature among the slots at Blue Chip Casino is the many progressive slots. These include many of the most popular progressive slots among players, including:

  • 88 Fortunes
  • Double Diamond
  • Hot Shot Progressive
  • Lock It Link 
  • Wild Star Red, White and Blue
  • Zeus

Blue Chip Casino table games

Blue Chip Casino Hotel Spa offers 30 table games, including all of the most popular casino games. Here are the games the casino advertises among its selections:

  • Blackjack (including 21+3 Blackjack With Top 3)
  • Craps
  • Roulette
  • Mini Baccarat
  • Caribbean Stud Jackpot
  • Mississippi Stud Progressive
  • Three Card Poker Progressive
  • High Card Flush
  • Heads-Up Hold’em

More than half of those tables are occupied by blackjack, although you’ll find other games as well. Note that some games are marked “jackpot” and “progressive.” Each of those features special Blue Chip Progressive Jackpots on the side; these give players an additional chance to win big.

While the casino is open 24/7, table games open at 10 a.m. each weekday and 8 a.m. on the weekends, the games shut down late each evening once the crowd thins.

The casino formerly had an eight-table poker room as well, but the poker room is now closed with no indication of plans to reopen at present.

FanDuel Sportsbook at Blue Chip Casino

Visitors to Blue Chip Casino in Indiana can wager on a variety of sports at the FanDuel Sportsbook. Located right off the casino floor, the sportsbook occupies a 2,730 square-foot space including lots of comfortable seating with 22 large-screen televisions and two sports tickers.

There are five betting windows, open Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Meanwhile, there are 10 self-service betting kiosks available 24/7.

You can bet on a number of different sports, both professional and collegiate, including:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Motorsports

You can place moneyline, spread, and totals bets, plus parlays, futures, props, and more at the FanDuel Sportsbook.

Don’t forget those in Indiana can also place their sports bets via the FanDuel Indiana Sportsbook, a digital partner of Blue Chip Casino Hotel. With the app, it is possible to bet on sports from anywhere in the state.

Stardust Social Casino

Visitors to Blue Chip Casino Hotel can play casino games online in Indiana via the Stardust Social Casino mobile app. The app is free to download, and there are versions for both Apple and Android devices. The games are free to play as well, and you’ll find the app contains many different online slots Indiana players can enjoy at home or on the go.

The Stardust Social Casino games do not use real money, nor do they offer any cash prizes. However, by playing the games you can earn Boyd Rewards Points and Tier Credits. (See below for a discussion of the Blue Chip Casino Hotel loyalty program.)

Amenities at Blue Chip Casino Hotel Spa

The hotel at Blue Chip includes two towers, the Blue Chip Tower and the 22-story Spa Blu Tower. Appropriate for a hotel-casino, there is no 13th floor, meaning the floors number up to 23. All told there are 486 rooms and suites available at a variety of sizes and prices. Guests can enjoy the indoor swimming pool and its two whirlpools.

Guests can also take advantage of Spa Blu, which offers the full spa experience including steam rooms, manicures and pedicures, massages, therapies, and more. Also attached to the spa is the Spa Blue Fitness Center for workouts.

For those looking to shop, The Gift Box offers clothes, gifts and more. The property also offers multiple ballrooms well suited for meetings and conferences.

There are three restaurants from which to choose at Blue Chip. For fine dining, try William B’s Steakhouse. Those looking for more casual fare can go to The Game for burgers, sandwiches and a bar with a plentiful selection of craft beers on tap. There is also Nelson’s Deli for quick bites and beverages.

The property features a couple of different entertainment centers. The Rocks Lounge offers drinks and cocktails, including Wine Down Wednesdays each week. You can also catch live music featuring local and regional bands. Meanwhile, the Stardust Event Center is a larger 1,200-seat venue that regularly hosts larger acts.

Boyd Rewards

If you visit Blue Chip Casino Hotel Spa, you’ll want to join the Boyd Rewards loyalty program. When you do, you can earn Boyd Rewards Points and Tier Credits just for playing games in the casino and spending money at the property.

Rewards and perks of the program include receiving casino credit and free play, discounted (or even free) hotel stays, discounted food and retail purchases. There are also more substantial rewards available like discounted flights, cruise packages, annual gifts, B Memorable experiences and more.

Every time you play a game in the casino or place a wager at the FanDuel Sportsbook, you earn both Boyd Reward Points and Tier Credits. The Boyd Points are redeemable for various rewards and benefits. Meanwhile, you earn Tier Credits as you ascend the tiers to a higher status. The tiers are:

  • Ruby
  • Sapphire
  • Emerald
  • Onyx
  • Titanium

Moving up to the higher tiers makes you eligible to receive bigger and better rewards. Doing so also enables you to earn Boyd Rewards Points more quickly.

Unlike some loyalty programs, Boyd Rewards lets you use your points and credits at any participating casino. Some programs let you redeem rewards only on-site, but with Boyd Rewards, you can do so at more than two dozen properties across the US, including Belterra Casino in Florence, Indiana.

Blue Chip Casino Hotel Spa history

Blue Chip began as a riverboat casino sailing Lake Michigan, opening its doors on Aug. 22, 1997. The Las Vegas-based Boyd Gaming Corporation acquired the property in 1999, joining the market of casinos near Chicago.

The property began as a gaming boat, expanding multiple times since. A third deck was added in 1998. After the Boyd Gaming acquisition, a hotel was added to the property in 2000. Then came a major expansion of the third level in 2002, pushing the overall gaming space to more than 42,000 square feet.

In 2006, the original vessel was replaced altogether by a new single-level casino containing 65,000 square feet of gaming space. A couple more years of construction followed, and a new 22-story hotel tower was opened in 2009, at which time the property adopted the name Blue Chip Casino Hotel Spa.

Today, Blue Chip is considered one of the favorite casinos in the Chicago area, providing a Vegas-like experience right in the heart of the Midwest.

Blue Chip Casino Hotel Spa FAQs

As is true for all retail casinos in Indiana, the minimum age to play slots, blackjack, video poker or any of the other games at Blue Chip Casino Hotel Spa is 21 years old. That’s also the minimum for placing a wager at the FanDuel Sportsbook.

The casino offers numerous giveaways and drawings, some including cash prizes or travel packages. During football season, the casino has offered a Boyd Big Game Drawing, giving away two tickets and traveling to the Super Bowl. New Boyd Rewards members can earn free play just by signing up for the program.

No, Blue Chip is a commercial casino owned and operated by Boyd Gaming. Four Winds South Bend is the only Indiana casino owned and operated by a Native American tribe, the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. Another commercial casino, Caesars Southern Indiana, is owned by Vici Properties though is operated by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.