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Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort

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Shorewood, Illinois
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is not my first stay but will be my last. I have stayed here (always in a villa or a cabin until now) about 8 times. The first visit was nice, started going down hill, improved when owner hired a management company and now has become the worst now that the owners run it again. You will have a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had very low hopes after reading some of the reviews but was pleasantly surprised. The front desk staff was so nice and helpful, they gave us recommendations for local food and activities. The water park and adventure zone were so much fun, we had left over credits but will save those for next time! The only downfall was nothing... More 

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Chicago, IL
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

On its website, it said that they provide AAA membership discounts. Since there are no AAA rates displayed in the website, I called. No one was picking up the phone for 7 minutes. I gave up at that point. That's a bad sign for a resort when no one is picking up the phone within at least 2 minutes. I... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family booked this place to give me a surprise birthday party. I gave it 3 stars because the villa was very nice, clean, and spacious. Also, my kids had fun at the water park. And they had fun play laser tag at the indoor amusement park. The amusement park didn't have all the rides they used to have. They... More 

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Bloomington, Illinois
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4 hotel reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I write this as I pretend to be Amish in the extremely dimly lit room. Lights don't work, smoke detector broken and hanging from wires, antique tv broken and remote non functioning. All thus for $ 200+ a night. Staff completely unhelpful. Run

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everywhere
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18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked this place instead of going to the nearby Starved Rock Lodge as we thought it would offer more fun for the kids. We arrived about 40min prior to the start of the official check-in time, so our room wasn't ready yet, as we were told. No problem, we would just sit down and take advantage of the free... More 

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Sterling, Illinois
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The girls had a good time. Was clean and the water park was very well supervised. The amusement park was ok. Not so many things to do for the little ones. The girls enjoyed the bungey jumping, zip line and the sky walk.

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Elmwood Park, Illinois, United States
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I stayed here for an overnight trip to Starved Rock with our two teenage nieces because it is so close to the park. The water park was fun, though kind of small for older kids and adults and could use some renovation. We each received cards with credits on them to enjoy some of the activities at... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cons were pool freezing they do not heat, staff not friendly, front desk Jennifer said all cheaper rooms sold out when resort looked empty, run down water park and bathrooms, cannot enter water park until 2 room until 4, balcony view of mud in yard, only had 2 lifeguards that looked like they were 12, understaffed so no one around... More 

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Morton Grove, United States
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10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a nice place. Kids had a great time. But it was strangely empty. We were there on a Wednesday in August, and for awhile, my family was the only ones in the waterpark! Parts of it were tattered. Needed some TLC. I was worried we might all be sick the next day but nobody was. There is an... More 

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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Free Parking
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Wheelchair access
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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Hot Tub
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
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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 

Additional Information about Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort

Address: 2643 N State Route 178, Utica, IL 61373-9707
Location: United States > Illinois > Utica
Price Range: $99 - $251 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 272
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