Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort

One- or Two-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, 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 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.

After working up an appetite, head to Jack's Place Restaurant & Sports Bar for custom-made pizzas. Nearby family suites are outfitted with rough-hewn wood furnishings as well as mini fridges and microwaves; some units have balconies overlooking the grounds.

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.

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

What You Get

Stay for six in family suite

  • Option 1: $109 for a one-night stay, valid for check-in Sunday–Thursday in May (up to a $180 value)
  • Option 2: $229 for a two-night stay, valid for Sunday–Wednesday check-in in June, July, and August (up to a $440 value)

Policies and Fees

Book by: 5/31/13 (option 1) or 7/19/13 (option 2)
Travel by: 5/31/13 (option 1) or 8/31/13 (option 2)

  • Blackout dates: no blackout dates
  • Cancellation policy and fees: $25 fee to cancel. 72-hour cancellation notice or fee of applicable one night's stay up to the amount paid for Groupon applies
  • Taxes: 11% tax not included
  • Additional fees: nightly resort fee of $12 required at check-in. A refundable security deposit of $50 per reservation required at check-in

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


  • 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 5/31/13 or 7/19/13, per option purchased, or promo value expires
  • Travel by 5/31/13 or 8/31/13 per on option purchased
  • 2/person, +1 as a gift
  • 1/visit
  • 2-night minimum stay to check in on 5/25
  • 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 the amount paid for Groupon applies
  • Must be 21 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at booking
  • Refundable Security Deposit of $50 per 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

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: handicap-accessible rooms may be available, subject to availability.
  • 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 kids had a great time
Tim J. · 2 days ago
The friendly waitress, cashier at Jack's grill and the movies they show for the kids.
Takeller M. · August 2, 2017
Reasonable rates for rooms
Angie N. · August 1, 2017
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