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

The restuarant had good food.
Georgann G. · 13 hours ago
The water park was great, the resort was relaxing, the restaurant was great, and we really enjoyed the mini golf!
Latoya H. · 4 days ago
The wave pool....breakfast buffet good
Nancy A. · April 2, 2017

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