Family Day at Great Wolf Lodge – Chicago/ Gurnee, IL

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This week we had an amazing opportunity to visit Great Wolf Lodge in Gurnee, Illinois and I could not wait to share our experience with all of you. Not only is this an indoor water park but the activities, attractions, shopping and dining options are around every corner! The fun is endless.

Let me introduce you to the fully renovated, indoor water park that is located less than an hour north of Chicago.

This is a sponsored blog post, but all opinions are my own. Thank you.

From the moment we stepped into Great Wolf Lodge we felt special. Living and breathing the bipolar Midwest weather for the past 8 months made us all oooh and ahh at the sight and smell of a pool! The ambiance is inviting. The place is spotless. The staff is attentive. But the abundance of activities is really what sets the tone here. We couldn’t have asked for more.

Our reservation was waiting for us which made the check in process fairly quick. We were handed our wrist bands, the infamous Great Wolf Ears and we were on our way. We took some time to familiarize ourselves with the resort and take in everything that this place had to offer. In addition to an amazing water park, you can find Dunkin Donuts, Ben n Jerry’s, candy shop, pizza place, a full service restaurant, mini golf, rock climbing, obstacle course, arcade, bowling, MagiQuest interactive game and more. And this is all inside. Outside of the resort you can drive to a giant mall, Gurnee Mills, McDonald’s, Starbucks, Six Flags Great America, and much much more. This resort and area is full of surprises and you will find something for everyone.

The water park itself was ginormous. With 7 large slides and about 6 smaller ones for little kids, the day went by pretty quick. The wave pool was the kids favorite but the whole family really enjoyed the River Canyon Ride. It was crazy and fun but the fact that we could all go in together, was the best part.

Great Wolf Lodge doesn’t offer day passes but they have several package options and there is something for everyone. It was really busy but we found chairs right away and because people were constantly coming or going, there was plenty of space for all. The place is new and very well taken care of. Lifeguards and attendants were on every corner. The bathrooms and showers were well taken care of considering the amount of people that were there.

Overall, this is a great place. You can get away for the weekend or more and still stay close to home.


  • Shampoo dispensers are available in the each shower so if you forget yours, don’t worry.
  • Bathing suit dryers are in the restrooms.
  • Several family restrooms on site.
  • The bars, restaurants and food carts in the water park itself were convenient and plentiful.
  • Lockers are available as well for $15.
  • If you get a day pass, bring your own towels.
  • If your kids are under 42″ they can still ride several of the large slides as long as they are accompanied by an adult and have a life jacket.
  • The kids areas can be slippery, please warn your kids not to run.
  • Expect to spend the entire day here if not weekend.
  • Water park is open 9a-9pm.
  • MagiQuest wands start at $17.99
  • Arcade $10 card gets you 36 points which is about 4 games.
  • HAVE FUN and #goforthemoment #GreatWolfLodge

x, Dijana


This year, Great Wolf Lodge is taking the time-honored summer tradition of camping and turning it outside-in with an all-new, family escape called Summer Camp-In! Running from May 24 to September 2, all 17 Great Wolf Lodge resorts across North America will celebrate the joys of camping with an exclusive array of special activities and events. Summer Camp-in is packed with exciting ways to help you and your pack discover all that Great Wolf Lodge Chicago / Gurnee, IL has to offer. From pool parties, barbecue dinners, and a Trailblazer Challenge that could earn you badges and rewards by participating in arts and crafts or field games! Go make memories that will last all summer long and beyond. #greatwolflodge

This is a sponsored blog post, but all opinions are my own. Thank you.

Hazel Eyes Mom

Here is to honest motherhood, fun family adventures and parenting challenges. I can be sassy, moody and sarcastic but all with good intentions. Stick around and let's have fun together. x, Dijana

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