Chicago's Great Wolf Lodge!

My kids feel like it's Christmas in July! Why you ask? Because Great Wolf Lodge in Gurnee Illinois is OPEN! We got to experience the resort over the weekend and it REALLY delivered! I'm about to hit you with a lot of pictures because, if I just told you everything there is to do, you wouldn't believe me.
Hee, hee, can you tell they're excited?
The first thing we did after checking in was hit the 80,000 square feet indoor water park. It is AMAZING. My son, actually doesn't care for sliding, BUT between the wave pool, Fort Mackenzie and Crooked Creek he was having a BALL! My daughter, can not get enough of the slides. She went down every single one they have, and that's a lot!
Can you tell she was having fun?
 AND I was as well ;)
Have you heard of MagiQuest? It is BRILLIANT! It's an interactive video game that the kids and adults can play all over the lodge with wands. PLUS, you can take your wand home and the next time you visit Great Wolf Lodge, you can pick up your game where you left off. My kids LITERALLY took their wands everywhere we went and played every step of the way.
When you visit, be sure to make a stop at the Great Wolf Candy Company. It is TOO SWEET!
The kids did some gem mining, which was fun. They also spent an hour identifying all of the gems they found. Which gave me a little time with my feet up, thank you.
I love the Rustic Ridge Climbing Wall. My Maggie is quite a talented climber.
The highlight of our trip was the Howlers Peak Ropes Course. Both Maggie and I are afraid of heights. BUT, we challenged ourselves and rocked the entire course!
Can you believe I did this?! I am still amazed by it. The staff for the course is top notch. They climb around like ninjas to help anyone who gets stuck or needs a little confidence boost. I was really impressed with them.
While my Benny choose to keep his feet on the ground, he channeled his inner mini golf guru.
He also bowled like a champ!
There are tons of activities for the kids. My Benny rocked his downward dog at the yoga. There is also story time, a dance party for the kids, a character show and so much more.
Look at these faces. I could not ask for more. We will be coming back to Great Wolf Lodge again and again. It's the perfect weekend getaway from the city. No lie, from the city in Friday rush hour traffic, we made it there in under two hours. On the way home with no traffic, just over an hour.
Thank you Great Wolf Lodge for giving us all sweet dreams!

Be sure to check them out on the web. They have locations all over the US and one in Canada.  So tell me, have you been to Great Wolf Lodge?


  1. We are planning a trip to Great Wolf Lodge. Thanks for sharing.

  2. This looks so fun! It looks like you had a great time, I'll have to check out the Great Wolf Lodge!

  3. Wow. Lokks like an amazing place to visit. wish they had it here. my kids would have love it

  4. The Great Wolf Lodge looks like an awesome place to stay and play with the family! I wish we had one closer to me, but I will be checking it out for myself next time I travel to an area where one is available.

  5. What a blast! We've always wanted to go to Great Wolf Lodge but funds haven't allowed it yet. One day, I hope! There's one in Dallas which is about 3 hours from us.

  6. Good to know that there is one in Canada! I will surely check on it since it looks fun.

  7. I’ve always wanted to go to a Great Wolf Lodge! The Chicago one looks like so much fun! So glad you guys had such a good trip!

  8. This looks like a great place for kids and adults too. The pics are great and cheered me up. Thanks.

  9. What a fun place to be in ! Kids will definately love this place. Great experience. thanks for sharing :)

  10. I will make sure to check this place too. Just in time for Summer fun activities. Thank You!

  11. This looks like so much fun- we'll have to check it out!

  12. oooh! look at the place! it looks amazing! Too bad I live so far away coz i would have loved to go!

  13. It looks like you had a great time. I will make sure to check this place too.

  14. This looks so fun! I've never heard of this lodge but I would love to visit especially in the summertime!

  15. I would love to bring my children here. The place looks awesome and educational.


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