Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort

1- or 2-Night Stay at Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort in Starved Rock, IL

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Rustic Lodge with Kid-Friendly Indoor Water Park and Playgrounds

Starved Rock State Park hugs the south bank of the Illinois River, less than two hours from Chicago. Waterfalls plunge into canyons and white-pine and cedar trees cling to sandstone bluffs at this woodsy retreat that attracts more than 2 million visitors each year. Just across the street from the park stands Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort, a rustic lodge with a slew of family-friendly activities, including a water park, a theme park, an 18-hole mini-golf course, and a 60-game arcade.

Located near the main lodge, the 24,000-square-foot Grand Bear Falls indoor water park features a lagoon-style wave pool, a water slide, and a lazy river for tubing. Fountains spray youngsters in the playground area, and an oversize jacuzzi offers a quiet oasis for grownups. At the Enchanted Forest indoor amusement park next door, you'll find nine thrilling rides, including a tilt-a-whirl and a free-fall plunge; it just added laser tag and a zipline course.

After working up an appetite, head to Jack's Place Restaurant & Sports Bar for custom-made pizzas. The nearby family suites are outfitted with rough-hewn wood furnishings as well as mini fridges and microwaves; some units have balconies overlooking the grounds. The vacation villas, which sleep up to nine people, are two-story units decked out with full kitchens and fireplaces.

North Utica, Illinois: Scenic State Parks with Waterfalls and Hiking Trails

North Utica's star attraction is Starved Rock State Park, named one of the Seven Wonders of Illinois in a 2007 poll. Among the park's 13 miles of hiking trails, the LaSalle Canyon path stands out, thanks to several delicate, veil-like waterfalls along the way. For smaller crowds, try hiking through the lesser-known Matthiessen State Park, where deer congregate around salt-laden mineral springs.

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What You Get

  • Option 1: $125 for a 1-night stay for up to six in a family suite, valid for check-in Thursday (up to a $215 value)
  • Option 2: $400 for a 2-night stay for up to nine in a vacation villa, valid for check-in Friday or Saturday (up to a $775 value)

Included in Option 1:

  • $25 breakfast credit

Policies and Fees

Book by: 11/22/13
Travel by: 5/15/13

  • Blackout dates: not valid 10/11/13–10/13/13, 11/8/13–11/9/13, 11/27/13–11/30/13, 12/22/13–1/4/14, 1/16/14–1/19/14, 2/13/14–2/16/14, or 3/20/14–4/5/14
  • Cancellation policy and fees: $25 fee to cancel. 72-hour cancellation notice required or fee of applicable 1 night's stay up to Groupon price applies
  • Taxes: 11% tax not included
  • Additional fees: $12 daily resort fee not included

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

The Fine Print

  • Book by 11/22/13 or promo value expires
  • Travel by 5/15/14
  • Not valid 10/11-10/13/13, 11/8-11/9/13, 11/27-11/30/13, 12/22/13-1/4/14, 1/16-1/19/14, 2/13-2/16/14, 3/20-4/5/14
  • 2/person, +1 as a gift
  • 1/visit, vouchers may not be combined for consecutive nights stay
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • $25 fee to cancel
  • 72-hour cancellation notice required or fee of applicable one-night's stay up to Groupon price applies
  • Must be 21+ to check in
  • Credit card required at booking and check-in
  • A refundable Security Deposit of $50 per Family Suite and $1000 per Vacation Villa reservation required at check-in
  • 11% tax and daily $12 resort fee not included.

Other Details

Room Details

Family Suite or Family Suite with Balcony

  • Two queen beds and one sofa sleeper
  • Standard occupancy: 6
  • Maximum occupancy: 6
  • Adding occupants above standard: not allowed

Vacation Villa

  • One king bed, two queen beds, one queen sofa sleeper, and one twin sofa sleeper
  • Standard occupancy: 9
  • Maximum occupancy: 9
  • Adding occupants above standard: not allowed

Hotel Policies

  • Check-in: 4 p.m.
  • Checkout: 11 a.m.
  • Resort fee includes: water-park and amusement-park access, complimentary shuttle service, WiFi in the main lodge, parking, local calls
  • Parking: included in resort fee
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: please contact the property for handicap-accessibility requests or options.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • By plane: about 70 miles from General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport (PIA); about 90 miles from Midway International Airport (MDW)
  • By car: about 95 miles southwest of Chicago

Traveler's Tips

  • The indoor amusement park and mini-golf course both sell tickets to the public, but the water park is reserved for resort guests only.

Customer Reviews

(665 ratings)

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Zachary G. ·
1 rating   1 review  
· May 23, 2018
It was a great room for the price


Krystal A B. ·
1 rating  
· January 6, 2018
Plenty of space in a nicely furnished, clean room. Appliances functional and clean as well. Staff helpful and friendly. Unfortunately we only stayed about 10hrs as the fire alarms blared at 430am. The place was on fire. We all evacuated into -16 degree weather. Everyone got out, no one hurt. Needless to say it cut our Winter vacay short. My family and I would return if they rebuild.


Ihab A. ·
2 ratings   1 review  
· December 30, 2017
I love it on every type of way ! Everything was amazing there ! just didn’t like the pizza I order from the restaurant it’s not a problem there’s a lot of restaurant around it ! Going there again for sure
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