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

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Jill S. ·
Reviewed July 16, 2013


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


Krystal A B. · 1 reviews
· Reviewed 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.
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