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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
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  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was close to home and convenient. The water park was kind of small but my 4 yr. old had fun. She had a lot of fun at the amusement park. Especially with the card that was included with our stay which could be used at the amusement park activities.

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Joliet, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Grizzly Jack's was offering an amazing special..Thursday through Sunday check-in for only $99 a night that included 4 water park wristbands. So we checked in at 1:00 on Sunday afternoon and even though our room wasn't available, there was plenty to do. We headed over to the Enchanted Forest across the parking log (some attractions require close-toed shoes). Forgot to... More 

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Wheeling, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The resort was nice and clean. Three families shared the cabin. It was nice and we enjoyed. The water park was small and crowded. The restuarant and food was expensive though. The room were beautiful. Its worth to stay and visit the starved rock park and the trails.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We took our 9 & 11 year old here and we were disappointed in the hotel. They seemed to like the amusement park & the waterpark, but kids older than this probably wouldn't enjoy it. We had the lunch buffet, and for the price, it was not that good. Tasted like the food had been sitting out for awhile. The... More 

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

Hello, Thank you for contacting us here at Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort. Your input is very important to us as we strive to excel in customer service as our goal. In regards to your review we do take these concerns very seriously. We apologize for any inconveniences that you and your family may have encountered. If there is anything... More 

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Woodridge, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is my second stay at Grizzly Jack's. The first one was 2-3 years ago and we loved it. This time, I noticed how they need to do repairs in the pool area and are cutting corners. Such as, there were only a small number of tubes for the lazy river, there were no bed skirts on the beds, and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great lodge with a lot of stuff to do for kids. Pros: - Close to Utica/ Starved rock area - Cabins are spacious depending on which one you get. - We chose the 4 bedroom cabins, included wifi and free breakfast buffet. - Included in the price is an indoor water park and a lazy river/ wavepool.... More 

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Wayne, Michigan
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Everyone had a great time. The amusement park is an adventure experience. No rides. Things like rock climbing wall, zipline, laser tag, etc. Clean, comfortable rooms. Grab a few extra rolls of toilet paper when you check in - only one per bathroom.

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Spring City, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We came across this place by accident online and booked for 1 night with a great deal. We were happy when we arrived. the whole place is cool. we got a family suite with a balcony, which overlooked a dirt construction site? but it was a nice room. The water park is a lot of fun for our 6 year... More 

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

Hello, Thank your for writing such a GRAND review. It is always nice to hear that you enjoyed yourself so much, you stayed an extra day. Your input is very important to us as we strive to excel in customer service. We will look forward to your return in the future when you are in the area. With Warmest Regards,... More 

Clinton, Iowa
1 review
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The hotel lobby and rooms are really neat with the furniture and the log cabin feel. The hours for the waterpark were 4 to 10pm. Visit the state parks during the day where you can visit very nice waterfalls. Then refresh in the waterpark for the kids.

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

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to write such a GRAND review. We do love hearing that everyone enjoyed their stay with us and also that you did get to explore the beautiful parks in the area. We look forward to you and your loved ones returning in the near future. With Warmest Regards, Grizzly Jacks Grand Bear Resort More 

Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lighting in the room could have been better. I found cereal on the floor from a previous guest. All staff were attentive a helpful. I would prefer to have the option of eating breakfast as early as 6:00 AM.

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

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to write this review. Your input is very important to us as we strive to excel in customer service. We apologize for any inconveniences that you and your family may have encountered. We would love to have you return and renew your impression of Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort to a positive one.... More 

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  • Amusement park(17)
  • Starved Rock(17)
  • Water park(16)
  • Very nice(7)
  • Wave pool(6)
  • Hot tub(5)
  • Breakfast buffet(4)
  • Lazy river(4)
  • Great time(4)
  • Vacation Villa(4)
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