Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort

One-Night Stay for Four or Two-Night Stay for Six 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 that pairs an outdoorsy atmosphere with a slew of family-friendly activities, including a water park, theme park, 18-hole mini-golf course, and 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 at a playground for youngsters, 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. After working up an appetite, head to Jack's Place for custom-made pizzas. Nearby, family suites are outfitted with rough-hewn wood furnishings as well as mini fridges and microwaves, and each two-story vacation villa has a full kitchen, fireplace, and full-size washer and dryer.

North Utica, Illinois: Scenic State Parks with Waterfalls and Cross-Country Skiing 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. In December and January, you can rent skis at the park and explore 6 miles of cross-country skiing trails.

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

What You Get

  • Option 1: $89 for a one-night stay for four in a family suite or family suite with balcony, valid for check-in Thursday (up to a $150 value)
  • Option 2: $369 for a two-night stay for six in a vacation villa, valid for check-in Friday (up to a $620 value)

Book by: 12/7/12
Travel by: 1/31/13

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

Amenities

  • Indoor water park and theme park
  • Adults-only jacuzzi area
  • Restaurant, café, and candy shop
  • Onsite arcade
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi in main lodge

The Fine Print

  • Book by 12/7/2012 or promo value expires
  • Complete travel by 1/31/13
  • Not valid on 11/10-11, 11/21-24, 12/21-1/5, 1/18-20
  • Valid only for check-in dates purchased
  • Limit 2/person, +1 as gift
  • Limit 2/visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation req'd, subject to availability
  • 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
  • Refundable security deposit of $50 per family suite and $250 per vacation villa required at check-in
  • $12 nightly resort fee and 11% tax not included.

Other Details

Room Details

Family Suite or Family Suite with Balcony

  • Two queen beds and one sofa sleeper
  • Standard occupancy: 4
  • Maximum occupancy: 6
  • Adding occupants above standard: $20 per night for each additional guest; no charge for children 2 or younger

Vacation Villa

  • One king bed and two queen beds
  • Standard occupancy: 6
  • Maximum occupancy: 9
  • Adding occupants above standard: $20 per night for each additional guest; no charge for children 2 or younger

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 4 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Resort fee includes: water-park access, 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: handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
  • 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 grounds are in good conditions.
Dyann B. · July 20, 2013
quiet during the week, Good for young grandchild,
Jan K. · February 24, 2013
the pool was so warm!
Jill R. · February 23, 2013
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