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Scenic golf courses surround our Northwoods resort in every direction, from upscale country clubs in the prairies of Chicagoland, to oak-lined fairways less than 10 minutes away. Why not play them all? Our convenient guide has a list of the best.
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We offer discounts for #AAA members so when the grandkids beg to stay another night, it’ll be easy to say yes!
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With an indoor #waterpark, arcade, rock wall and laser tag, it’s almost like an amusement park inside of a resort! Oh that’s right, it is!
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Come celebrate #IndependenceDay in #Ottowa at the most spectacular #fireworks show in the area! Sit along the bluffs of the #Illinois and Fox Rivers and see the magic unfold! Make it a weekend at #GrizzlyJacks Grand Bear Resort. http://bit.ly/1G9d6Nl
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Canyon Creek Mini #Golf has 18 holes to work on your #shortgame! Play a round, then come cool off in the lazy river!
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Let us host your #wedding in the #Illinois Northwoods with 11k sq. ft. of event space, custom catering and a dedicated staff to make your “I do” impeccable.
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Marrying the thrills of white-water rafting with the peace of paddling through scenic cliffsides, local outfitters offer self-guided tours of the treasured Vermillion River. For a more placid venture, Illinois River canoes are also available.
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If live music is your jam, come out to #Ottowa’s “Music in the Park” series every Saturday at Washington Square Park! Stay with us for some #pooltime and don’t forget lawn chairs! 7/11-8/29 http://bit.ly/1G9gNm3
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Drive on up to Southwest Chicagoland for a day of small town family fun at the 25th Annual Lemont Heritage Fest. With a summer soundtrack of live music until 11 pm, activities include a Zipline, Corn Maze, Rockwall, and Smash the Car demolition.
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On the banks of the I&M Canal, centuries of history and worlds of culture intersect in Antiques & Artisans Market. The first Saturday of every month all summer, it’s a treasure-hunter’s dream, rife with collectibles and handmade local artwork.
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Put that growling hunger to rest with a made-to-order specialty pizza from Jack’s Place! We’ll deliver, too!
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Experience the canyons, #hiking trails and breathtaking waterfalls in our own backyard at Starved Rock State Park. Stay at #GrizzlyJacks and find yourself in #nature... http://bit.ly/1G9eqjn
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2643 IL-178 Oglesby, IL 61348
2643 Illinois 178USIllinoisOglesby61348
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Our family-style resort features comfortable suites, cabins and villas where you can kick back and relax. Our Lodge has lovely suites with rustic décor and modern amenities like free WiFi, cable TV and refrigerators. Share vacation experiences in our Vacation Villas or Luxury Cabins with kitchens, living rooms, patios, and fireplaces - the perfect places to get together in a beautiful destination.
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Rural property with rustic quarters & a mini-golf course, plus an amusement park & a water park.- Google
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2 months ago
We went several years back (4-5) and like it. Had a good time then, and was impressed by the staff and grounds. So, we stayed again over Memorial Day weekend (2015) and were less than impressed. The grounds are definitely starting to show their age. The indoor water park is small, but if everything worked it would be decent enough. The slides are pretty good, and the water/air temp is nice. However when we were there, the whirlpool and the kiddie spray part were down. Areas of the pools were starting to wear (finishes were coming off, etc). The indoor amusement park is limited as to what it has to offer, but I guess that's what you get with a park this size. Zip line is okay, but just make sure you check that they size your harness right because they sure as hell won't! Arcade games are fun, when they work. We had to ask an attendant (who was very friendly and helpful) several times to come help us. The cost for the indoor amusement park and arcade are WAY overpriced for what they are. I will say that the food at the little grill/bar in Enchanted Forest was good. Service was good, and we were happy with the prices in regards to what we got. It did take far longer than it should have to be seated however. Overall, I do not think we will stay again.
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Lisa Mazar
2 months ago
My husband called for reservations on a Wednesday and Friday night we called to confirm because we had never received an email confirmation (supposed to check in Saturday). We found out they did not have our reservation! So thankfully they put us up in a Villa for reduced price which was very spacious but it was dirty. There were handprints on the walls, dirt on the floor, and cobwebs. I was going to vacuum the floor and the vacuum would not work. I called the front desk who said they would let housekeeping know and would be there to check it out. They never came. We go swimming and the spa was closed. The second day the door blew off the top of the kids water play area after the big bucket spilled over. Which then, they closed that also. We spent a lot of time at the enchanted forest but the service there was awful! I stood at the desk to be seated and several waitresses walked passed me without a saying a word. After standing there for almost 10 minutes, I finally asked if we just seat ourselves, and then someone came to seat us! They did not have enough employees to run all the games so the slide and inflatables were free because no one was there to take cards. There was an employee, who multiple times stated she was not sure if she put the harness on right to go down the zipline which did not make us feel safe at all. Overall, for a holiday weekend, we had expected all the features to be working and for it to not be so understaffed. We will probably start going to another waterpark from now on. SAFE YOUR MONEY!
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Stephane Sarkiss
2 months ago
Great staff, excellent customer service, and wonderful amenities! Stayed here with a group of friends in the Luxury Cabin and the accommodations were everything we wanted in terms of plenty of towels, clean rooms, good number of bedrooms and bathrooms, kitchen stocked with dishes and a great view of the surrounding nature. We were across the street from the St. Louis Canyon which is a must see with the waterfall, and minutes from Starved Rock State Park where we hiked and saw French Canyon, Lovers Leap, and Starved Rock. There's also a lot of great restaurants and bars within driving distance.
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Morgan McFarlin
4 months ago
We stayed here this past weekend for a friend's wedding. The banquet venue is GORGEOUS. However, the hotel rooms were mediocre. The beds don't have fitted sheets - just 2 flat sheets. The room didn't have a coffee machine, iron, or ironing board. We got 4 pre-loaded cards with $60 each for their "Adventureland" and 4 wristbands for the waterpark, but as four 20-somethings, we had no use for these. We asked the front desk if we could just trade these cards in for 2 morning breakfasts (a much cheaper expense) but we weren't given an alternative option. It's not a bad place, just definitely has one specific audience.
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Sam Hancock
a week ago
Both villas we stayed in had mold around the door walls, bear island is a deck nothing more, surrounded by poison ivy, the water park was ok but very small and all the kids were bored within a couple hours. We won't be back, starved rock however was amazing!
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ELiot Roy Farnsworth
3 months ago
This place is wonderful. It is right across the street from starved rock. The amusment area and water park are full of fun. The food at the grill is fairly priced and very yummy, I recomend the chickem bacon ranch sandwich. over all I give this place five stars knowing i got my moneys worth.
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Travis Smith
3 months ago
Worst resort/water park I have ever experienced. Villa was dirty upon arrival and amenities were outdated. The staff was flat out rude. Attractions were dull and the "indoor water park" a lazy river and two small waterslides got old quickly. Overall we had a terrible weekend and to top it all off I was charged an extra 650 dollars for dirty towels. The towels weren't dirty and their policy clearly stated that it would only cost 15 dollars per towel and we only received ten towels. I'm no math wiz but that doesn't add up. DONT GO HERE!!!!
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Erin Brennan
4 months ago
PLEASE READ IF YOU'RE TORN ON REVIEWS I read so many mixed reviews for this resort, but, wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt. I had a wedding to go to and the reception was here, so, I decided to make a fun filled family weekend out of it. The resort was gorgeous--the grounds, the rooms were rustic, and the waterpark was very nice. They had so many things for my 10 year old sister to enjoy/participate in and she absolutely LOVED it! So, for that, they receive some stars. Problems? 1. There is no indoor amusement park. It's like.. 1/4 of your county fair. That's poor advertising and just a lie. There was a zipline (that was very small), a ropes course, a lazer tag, a rock wall, and a super slide with potato sack bags. You receive ample $$ to this w/ a reservation, which, thank God because I'd NEVER pay the out of pocket prices for everything (about $5 each). [The arcade games are nice, but, not included in your packages] 2. My mother and I found a $5000 check on the grounds addressed to some beer supplier from the resort. After a 3 minute moral dilemma check, we turned it in and were thanked alongside being told 'we'd be taken care of'. Now, I didn't expect my trip to be paid for, but a $50 gift card or a couple bucks off the fee would have been nice. None of this happened. In today's society, there are few and far between folks like my family who would have turned this in.. which leads me to #3.. 3. How I was 'taken care of' was that my credit card information was given out and unauthorized purchases were made on my card. I know this is from this resort because I only use this specific bank account card for big purchases (and I had to spend 85% of my tax return to afford this nice mini vacation). It was only $9 at first and then it continued to occur. I DOUBT I AM THE FIRST TO EXPERIENCE THIS BUT IF YOU ARE NOT VIGILANT WITH YOUR CARD, $9 IS NOTHING AFTER A $550 WEEKEND. My 10 year old sister loved this trip. She will always remember the indoor water park while it was freezing outside, the fun bunk beds we had, and the zipline.. but, she does not know the hell her 23 year old sister has gone through for that fun weekend. Please think about your choice of staying and if the risk is worth the reward.
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