Area Attractions

There  are Wilderness trails in the Utica area. Again, there is an Indoor Water Park for the kids and a game arcade. Laser tag is also available along with a restaurant and other  attractions at the Grand Bear Lodge. There are small shops, souvenir stands, and stores within minutes of the Lodge.

All attendees will have access to the Grand Bear Falls indoor water park, Enchanted Forest indoor amusement park and Laser tag arena. The Lodge is less than 5 minutes from the Starved Rock State Park., which is a beautiful, scenic nature park  Bring your cameras!

For off-site breakfast, try Joy and Ed's. Again, there is much to do in the area and our program schedule is flexible enough to allow time for what you want to do.


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Less than 90 minutes from Chicagoland, give or take a suburb or two!

Take I-55 South to I-80 West.
Follow the directions from I-80.

From I-80:
Take Exit 81/Utica (Route 178) South from either directioCCn.  Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort is located 3 miles south of I-80 on Route 178.  Drive through the town of Utica. Cross over the Illinois River.  Drive one mile past the entrance to Starved Rock and the Resort is on your right.

From I-39:
Take I-39 to I-80 East from either direction.
Follow the directions from I-80.
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