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Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort

2643 IL 178, Utica, IL 61373
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Ranked #2 of 3 hotels in Utica
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4 of 5 stars reviewed yesterday
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Will definitely go back again! I took my grandkids for spring break ages 7-11, they loved it!! Although the waterpark is not that large, it is enough to keep the kids not wanting to leave! The amusement park was great for kids and adults! The resort was easy to get to, and was not a long drive for us. The... More

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Tinley Park, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We took our 4 kids (ages 8,4,2,1) here for a mini vacation. My 8yr old was not impressed. She thought the waterpark was OK, but was hoping for more. She enjoyed the wave pool. There was only one waterslide operational. The play area for kids, most of it wasn't working. My 2 and 4yr olds enjoyed the family slide. The... More

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Grizzly_Jacks_Resort, Sales Coordinator at Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort, responded to this review

Hi Annimal, Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review of your stay at Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort. I am happy to hear that your children had such a good time sliding on the Giant Slide at the Enchanted Forest! Please be assured that all of this most valuable feedback has been noted and will... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Will definitely be back soon, my family loved it, specially my kids, they loved the waterpark I couldn't get them out they were having too much fun. I highly recommend Grizzly Jack's it has great staff and all amenities in the lodge are awesome!! :)

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Grizzly_Jacks_Resort, Sales Coordinator at Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort, responded to this review

Hi Almagta, Thank you very much for taking the time to write this rave review of your stay at Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort! I am so happy to hear that you and your family endlessly enjoyed Grand Bear Falls indoor waterpark as well as all of the amenities on property. It truly is grand news that the children had... More

Chicago, Illinois
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 hotel reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I read all the previous reviews before booking my mini weekend but I decided to take my family anyways hoping for the best. I have visited Key Lime Cove twice before and figured we should try a new place but I wish I would have gone back to KLC. Am not sure how old Grizzly Jack's is but they really... More

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Grizzly_Jacks_Resort, Sales Coordinator at Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort, responded to this review

Hello Bunny 77, Thank you for your feedback as the resort continually strives to exceed all guest expectations. Please be assured this information has been noted and will promptly be forwarded to management. One of the coolest features of the resort is that we are located only 1-mile north of Starved Rock State Park - literally just across the street!... More

LaGrange, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved this place! It was very kid friendly with lots to keep them busy! It is very easy to get here from the interstate. The restaurant was good, plus refrigerator & microwave in room made eating easy. If you want to go out, try the Cajun Connection in Utica! Wonderful that the amusement park & trolley were included with... More

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Grizzly_Jacks_Resort, Sales Coordinator at Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort, responded to this review

Hello Sherry T, Thank you so much for writing this rave review of your stay at Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort. I am happy to hear that your family had such a grand time during your stay! I completely agree that the Enchanted Forest is tons of fun and what a great recommendation to try Ron's Cajun Connection, they have... More

Glen Ellyn, Illinois
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I am giving the resort 1 star because the resort itself is fine and my kids had a great time but unfortunately our experience ended badly because of their staff. As far as the waterpark itself, it was fine. It was a lot smaller than I expected because I've been to the Wilderness in WI Dells and this place has... More

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Grizzly_Jacks_Resort, Sales Coordinator at Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort, responded to this review

Hello Nikki B, Please be assured that your comments have been received and forwarded to management. I am so happy to hear that your children enjoyed their time at the resort. The resorts standard check in time is 4 p.m. and check out is at 11 a.m. I am certainly glad to hear that we were able to check your... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We traveled from the West side of Chicago on a 1 day mini family vacation. The kids (13&6) had a great time. The hubby and I had just as much fun watching the kids have fun. I was recently diagnosed with Lupus in August 2013 and this is the first time since last summer that we have done anything out... More

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Grizzly_Jacks_Resort, Sales Coordinator at Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort, responded to this review

Hello MrzKJones J, Thank you so very much for sharing this wonderful and inspirational review on Trip Advisor. May I first say that we are so happy to hear that you are starting to feel a bit better and am so happy that you and your family received a splendid and much needed vacation at Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort!... More

Des Plaines, Illinois
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Designed around kids, which was nice. Spongebob was always in the lobby. Staff was courteous and helpful. Crafts and movies at night were a nice touch. Place was clean. There wasn't much around the town. Had to drive half an hour to get to a decent grocery store for snacks. Starved Rock was cool but we only had one nice... More

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Grizzly_Jacks_Resort, Sales Coordinator at Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort, responded to this review

Hello Carrie T, Thank you very much for trying a stay at Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort and taking the time to review your vacation on Trip Advisor! I am so happy to hear that you found the resort kid friendly and clean. And I completely agree that we have a truly courteous and helpful staff. Thanks again for coming... More

Hinsdale, Illinois
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stay at Grand Bear at least once a year for a long weekend. It is an easy trip from Chicago with activities for all members of the family - even in bad weather. We stay in one of the vacation villas because we have 6-8 people and I like having a washer/dryer in the room.

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Grizzly_Jacks_Resort, Sales Coordinator at Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort, responded to this review

Hello Sally S, Thank you very much for writing this wonderful review of your stay at Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort and I completely agree there's something for everyone! The resort really is a perfect distance for a nice city escape and the nature in our area is unparalleled. Thank you so much for your continued loyalty - we love... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed in a townhouse with friends, it was roomy and clean, no complaints. But the amusement park had barely any rides running, and the ones that were off didn't seem that great. The waterpark has only one slide for older kids, and they had to be 42" to ride. Other than that, there is a small wave pool and... More

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Grizzly_Jacks_Resort, Sales Coordinator at Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort, responded to this review

Hello Joan J, Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed the 2-story, 2-bedroom Vacation Villa! The Enchanted Forest has many fun activities that are included in an overnight stay at the resort: Euro-Bungee, Giant Slide, Zip Line, 3-story Ropes Course, inflatables and a... More

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Additional Information about Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort

Also Known As:
Grizzly Jack`s Grand Bear Hotel
Grizzly Jack`s Grand Bear Hotel Utica
Grizzly Jacks Grand Bear Resort
Grizzly Jacks Grand Bear Hotel
Grizzly Jacks Grand Bear
Grizzly Jacks
Address: 2643 IL 178, Utica, IL 61373
Location: United States > Illinois > Utica
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 hotels in Utica
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort offers skin-drenching fun all year long right in the beautiful setting of Starved Rock State Park. Located just 90 minutes from Chicago or the Quad Cities and an hour from Bloomington or Rockford, our 60 wooded acres offer all of nature's wonders, featuring 60,000 sq. ft. of Indoor Entertainment! This includes Grand Bear Falls Indoor Waterpark and Enchanted Forest Indoor Amusement Park, beautiful lodge accommodations, as well as our 1800 sq. ft. vacation villas and luxurious 2800 sq. ft. cabins. Enjoy a variety of dining options, including wraps, salads, hot sandwiches and made to order pizzas at Lumber Jacks Pizzeria and Sports Bar. During the summer months guests can enjoy a view of nature at our Bear Island Pavilion & Curtis Canyon Deck. Next to Bear Island enjoy our “Castle in the Woods” playground area and test your skills at our 18 hole Canyon Creek Miniature Golf Course, Laser Tag, Ropes Course and Zip Line (additional costs apply - open to the public). All lodge rooms include a microwave, mini-fridge, hair dryer and wi-fi internet access. Our Vacation Villas are a 2-story townhome with a fully-applianced kitchen (basic pots and pans and place settings are provided), 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Our Log Cabins offer 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, a fully-applianced kitchen (basic pots and pans and place settings are provided), 3 fireplace, s and an oversized Great Room. Other resort amenities include the Cave Arcade with over 60 games, the Wave Cafe Snack Shop, the Honey Pot Sweet Shop & Grizzly Bean Gourmet Coffee Shop, the Moose Crossing Convenience Store and the Northwoods Niche Gift Shop. Our Grand Bear Conference Center includes over 8000 sq. ft. of meeting space, including 6000 sq. ft. of Grand Ballroom space to accommodate your larger functions such as weddings, family reunions and corporate events. ... more   less 
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