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Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort

2643 IL 178, Utica, IL 61373
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Glen Ellyn, Illinois
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 2 days ago NEW

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 5 days ago NEW

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 1 week 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 1 week 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

Villa Park, Illinois
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I too my 5 year old and 2/almost 3 year old for spring break. The water park was just large enough to tire them out without being overwhelming and crowded. The indoor amusement park could have used a bit more attractions and better arrangement, but there were 4 bouncy houses which my children enjoyed. Ambience overall was great and gave... More

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Hello Lauren T, Thank you so much for taking the time to review your family's stay at Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort! I am so happy to hear that Grand Bear Falls indoor waterpark was just right for you and your family. It really is fun for all ages. I am also glad to hear that the children enjoyed the... More

Peoria, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great for kids of different ages. Wave pool and family slide were a huge hit. Room was very nice and clean. Love the decor and atmosphere. Indoor amusement park was an extra perk. We are looking forward to returning soon!

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

Hi Colette S, Wow, thank you so much for this rave review of your visit to Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort! I am so happy to hear that you loved your stay and that we will have the privilege to welcome you and the family back soon! And I am so happy to hear that we met the goal of... More

Morton, Minnesota
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I wanted a close, short trip for my family during spring break ( 1 and 4 year old). This was the closest location with an indoor waterpark so I gave it a try. I would recommend for a 2 day stay. Food options are limited - no free continental breakfast, breakfast not until 8am and my kiddos rise at 6,... More

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Hi Mindy E, Thank you very much for taking the time to provide this most valuable feedback of your stay at Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort. I am so happy to hear that your family truly enjoyed Grand Bear Falls indoor waterpark and I completely agree that it's tons of fun! I am also happy to hear that you found... More

Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Small water park, but wave pool is one of the best I've been in. Resort is clean and safe feeling, location and price is great. This is not a Wisconsin Dells water park, but is better IMHO then the Grand Geneva, the price and proximity to Chicago and Starved Rock is not to be beat. Would stay here again, although... More

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Hello cecilub2, Thank you so much for taking the time to write this wonderful review of your stay at Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort. I am so happy to hear that Grand Bear Falls indoor waterpark has the best wave pool you have been in! More importantly, I really appreciate that you mention feeling so safe at the resort. This... More

Aurora, Illinois
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great location near starved rock. Water park is good but could use some more attractions for older kids and adults. Enchanted Forest was good but it too could use more attractions. Rooms and rest of hotel was clean and relatively quiet considering the number of kids that stay here. Hotel was having water issues during our stay. Rates are pricey.... More

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Hi bales4, Thank you for taking the time to write this most valuable feedback on Trip Advisor. I am so happy to hear that you had a good stay at the resort! Please be assured that I have noted all of this information and will promptly forward to management. Also, I am so happy to hear that we will have... More

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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
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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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Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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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