Stay at Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort in North Utica, IL. Dates into November.
Hotel at a Glance: Grizzly Jacks Grand Bear ResortFor a family getaway from Chicago, the Quad Cities, or Central Illinois, few spots are more alluring than scenic Starved Rock State Park in central Illinois, a year-round hiking destination beloved for its sandstone canyons. To enhance the trip, consider a stay at Grizzly Jacks Grand Bear Resort. Located less than two miles from the state park, Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort draws couples, families, and large groups. Where youll stay: Guest suites have a Northwoods vibe and also provide the comforts of home, including cable TV and free WiFi. Hearty dining is available at Jacks Place Restaurant Bar, which serves traditional American dishes. Hours of operation vary, click here to see all dining options. Onsite entertainment: Play a round at Canyon Creek Mini Golf, or try your luck at Cave Arcade, featuring over 60 different thrilling games, and open Friday-Sunday. Stop by Bear Island Outdoor Bar for some refreshments before a visit to Annies Little Pots, or settling into a relaxing movie night outside in the mezzanine. Arcade, pottery studio, restaurant/bar are open Friday-Sunday only. Please see resort website for hours of operation. Utica, IL: A Historic RefugeLocated between the Quad Cities, Peoria, and Chicago, Utica, IL offers refuge from the hustle and bustle of daily life in the city and a step back into a more-quaint time. The town was established during the 1830s along the banks of the Illinois River as a riverside stop from the steamboats that darted up and down the winding river. Visitors today can take a look at the Illinois/Michigan canal, which helped Illinois sailors run river trading during much of the 19th century, or the LaSalle County Historical Museum, which was one a general store for pioneers settling the area. Just south of Utica and across the Illinois River are Started Rock and Matthiessen State Parks. Outdoor enthusiasts can explore each parks unique and striking rock formations while soaking in the immense amount of vegetation and wildlife. Those who enjoy the water can wind along the Illinois River as it cuts through Starved Rock park.