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Shorewood, Illinois
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32 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is my 4th visit to Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Lodge in a span of about 10 years. We loved it 10 years ago. During that time period, however, the entire resort has REALLY gone downhill. I have stayed in the cabins/villas (not the hotel rooms). On our most recent trip, July 22-25, 2016, we were very disappointed. We stayed... More 

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Barrington, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The resort is a great value with everything very affordable. You can tell everything is a little run down from the roof to the back of the resort to the amusement park. The staff could smile once in a while. Just know that everything is very slow too: no customer service urgency outside of the front desk. But my kids,... More 

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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Would recommend this resort, as there aren't many places in central IL like this. Fun water park area and games for kids to play. Separate Enchanted Forrest building, love the concept, needs more activities or rides for kids!! Resort Room bathrooms need updating. And the water park locker rooms need some air and fresh smell going thru there. They do... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If you just want a place to tire out your kids, but don't care about customer service, cleanliness, quality, or value, then you'd probably be satisfied with Grizzly Jack's. If these things are important to you, then run away and do not stay here. We visited GJ's with our preschooler, toddler, and some other family members. We rented a villa... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

went for the 4th of july weekend loved it planning on going back soon it was 4 of us and we couldnt get enough of the waterpark rooms were clean and big had nice balcony everyone one there was friendly and helpful they had a breakfast buffet that was very good

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Thank pepsi4284
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Reasonable prices, friendly staff, not over crowded. Could use a little updating in lodge rooms and a few more activities at Amusement park, but overall we were very pleased. Thank you for providing a memorable experience!

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Thank Leslie A
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

clean over all and not as many bugs as I expected we were greated by a raccoon. very nice place would def go back and would def recommend if you cant go far from chi on a fast getaway. Promis u will have lots of fun

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Edwardsville, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I would highly recommend renting a townhome villa. very spacious, 1800 sq. ft. plenty of room to spread out. our unit was very clean and comfortable. there wasn't any noise from neighboring vacationers.

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Pella, Iowa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Need to update and clean the cabins, enchanted forest and pool. Fun place , but needs some TLC. Don't let this place go to ruins. TV didn't work. Pool needs to be painted and the area needs a good cleaning. Lazer guns need to be fixed. Enchanted forest needs more little kid stuff. Cabin needs new carpet.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed at the VILLA's , you get what you pay for and these were beautiful, there are 5 beds in there, can easily fit up to 10 people in them. Huge kitchen, big grass area in the rear to hang out and chill. From there it's 10 min to Starved Rock, great place to take the kids on a... 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 IL 178, Utica, IL 61373
Location: United States > Illinois > Utica
Price Range: $141 - $255 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 272
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