Illinois Sports Betting Promos & Bonus Codes

December 7, 2021

Illinois was a little late to the party, but you can now wager in the state as of June 2020. Now all of those passionate Chicago sports fans can stay instate and put their money on their local teams, most of whom have been semi-successful in recent years. Here are the best promotions for the state in December 2021.

DraftKings - Bet $1 Win $100 DraftKings IL Sportsbook

DraftKings Bet $1 Win $100

Want an easy way to win $100? Just follow through with this promotion from DraftKings. It only applies to first-time customers with an initial deposit of at least five dollars, but it's an easy way to boost your bankroll. All you need to do is place a wager of at least a dollar on the moneyline for any any NFL, NBA, college basketball, college football or UFC match. If either fighter lands a punch or if either team scores a point, you will win a free $100 bet. The free bets are paid as four free $25 bets and are valid within a week of it being issued, which will happen as soon as that first bet is settled.

Promo offer:Bet $1 Win $100 (100/1 odds)
Selected events: Any NFL, NBA, CFB, or CBB game
Promo CodeNone Needed
Available in IllinoisYes

Caesars Sportsbook - First Bet Match Bonus Up To $1,001

Caesars sportsbook promo code risk-free bet bonus

Caesars Sportsbook make it easy for you to make that first sports bet with their free bet match. All you have to do is make a deposit then place your first wager, and the rest. Whether that wager wins or loses, you will receive a matching free bet up of the same amount, up to $1,001. It's a great offer for new customers who might want to take a shot on a longshot with their first bet in hopes of hitting a large payout.

Sportsbook:Caesars Sportsbook
Promo offer:First Bet Match Bonus Up To $1001
Selected events: Any event available at Caesars Sportsbook
Promo CodeCZR1
Available in IllinoisYes

FanDuel Sportsbook – Free $100 Bet For Registering


Sometimes it pays to be loyal to a brand, and FanDuel is putting that to the test in Illinois. With users required to register in person in order to wager in the state, FanDuel is offering $100 in free bets to anyone who registers in person in the state. That is in addition to the risk-free first wager in which FanDuel will gift you a free bet up to $1000 for the same amount of your original bet if it loses. If you like free money, FanDuel is the place to bet in Illinois.

Sportsbook:FanDuel Sportsbook
Promo offer:Free $100 Bet
Selected events: Complete In-Person Registration
Promo CodeNone Needed
Available in IllinoisYes

BetRivers: Bet $25 NHL Game, Free $10 NFL Bet

BetRivers Sportsbook Logo

BetRivers is incentivizing people to bet on a variety of sports in order to diversify its bet intake. If you place a wager of at least $25 on any NHL bet at -200 odds or longer, and BetRivers is going to give you a free $10 NFL bet, The best part about the promotion is that its weekly, so you can take advantage of this bet every week (Monday to Sunday).  

Promo offer:Bet $25 on NHL Game, Win $10 NFL Bet
Selected events: Any NHL game
Promo CodeNone
Available in IllinoisYes

How to bet on Sports Promos in Illinois

Betting on sports in the state of Illinois takes just the following four steps. Here is how you can place a bet.

To bet on sports in the state of Illinois you need to follow these steps:

1 Age 21 and up & located in the state of Illinois

You are at least 21 years old, hold a valid Social Security number, and are physically in Illinois at the time of your wager.

2 Select Promo

Find your desired promotion and click the link to head to your selected sportsbook. 

3 Register & Deposit

Complete the online registration process then head to the designated physical location for in-person verification. You may also simply register in person at the designated location. Only then can you make your initial deposit into your account.

4 Opt-in to Promo

Follow the instructions on your selected promotion and enjoy your gambling experience.

Popular Sports and Teams to Bet on in Illinois

When it comes to Illinois residents, almost all of them support the Chicago teams. Of course, there are a few pockets of Green Bay Packers fans near the Wisconsin border, but otherwise, this is Chicago sports territory. That means wagering on the NFL's Chicago Bears despite their situation at quarterback and frustration with the coach. It also means placing those baseball wagers on the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox, though those are more likely to cash now than maybe a decade ago. The upstart Chicago Bulls in the NBA and the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL are also popular betting targets, though the Bulls are on the upswing and Blackhawks on the back end of their run of success.

The plethora of Notre Dame fans can also bet on their favorite college football and basketball team because the school is located in South Bend, Indiana. The same luxury isn't afforded to fans of Northwestern, Illinois or the other Division I schools in Illinois because it is illegal to wager on Illinois-based college teams. You also cannot wager on any college game once it starts with live betting barred on collegiate events.


Who can bet in IL?

You can bet in Illinois if you are at least 21 years old, hold a valid Social Security number, and are physically in the state.

Can I bet in Illinois as a non-IL resident?

Absolutely, you can wager in Illinois without actually living in the state. If you're visiting friends in Chicago or visiting Lincoln's estate in the southern part of the state, you can make a bet as long as you follow the proper registration process.

Is Sports Betting Legal in Illinois?

In June 2020, sports betting was officially legalized in Illinois. However, you must also complete in-person registration. That restriction is set to expire in March 2022 thanks to a law passed by the legislature in October 2021 that set an end date for the practice.

Which is the Best Promo Code in Illinois?

The best promotions for Illinois are located on this page, so scroll up and find the one that best suits you. What are you doing still reading this? Go scroll and find your promo!

Josh Walfish
Josh Walfish is an award-winning journalist who has covered college sports for the past decade. He most-recently was chronicling the UMass Minutemen and now works as a freelancer writer and editor based out of Chicago.