Great Wolf Lodge Illinois

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • Family-friendly indoor water park destination north of Chicago 
  • Features mini golf, an arcade, bowling and more entertainment options all under one roof
  • Fully renovated in 2018 
  • Multiple dining options including pizza, tacos and Ben & Jerry's ice cream


This Great Wolf Lodge reopened in 2018 after a full renovation to every room at this all-suite resort destination north of Chicago. Every suite features 39-inch flat-screen TVs, coffee makers and minifridges; some rooms include bunk beds and themed sleeping areas (the kids can bunk down in cave- or log cabin-decorated sleeping areas). 

All lodge guests receive water park wristbands (the park is restricted to guests only), and even though check-in is at 4 p.m., you can arrive as early as 1 p.m. to hit the pool. The indoor water park includes seven pools, 11 water slides, family raft rides, a wave pool, water games and activities. There are also organized kids activities before the park opens, at lunchtime, a daily storytime and a nightly Northwoods Friends show. 

There are plenty of dining options on hand, featuring mostly casual cuisine ranging from sandwiches to pizza to tacos, but the Barnwood restaurant features elevated casual small plates including short rib poutine, beer brined barbecue chicken and jumbo lump crab cakes -- along with cocktails and craft beers. There's also a small bar for drinks and beers at the water park called (appropriately enough) The Watering Hole. 

If the kids get tired of swimming, there's tons of entertainment on dry land -- the resort houses a mini golf course, a climbing wall, a mini-bowling alley, a ropes course and an arcade (additional fees required). The resort also has Wi-Fi, self parking, towel service and concierge service included in the nightly resort fee -- and kids ages 12 and under even get free wolf ears. 

Rooms & Rates

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  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Games room
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor pool
  • Pool bar
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • 100% smoke-free


  • Currency exchange / ATM

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Fridge
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Internet access
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Hair-dryer
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Complimentary parking


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible pool area
  • Accessible restaurant
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Roll-in shower


Check-in: Standard Time is 4pm.
Minimum age required to check in: 21.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Note: Guaranteed late checkout for some extra time at the pool when booking the Travelzoo Deal or Travelzoo Deal - Stay 2 + Nights and Save.

Children and additional guests: Crib/Pack 'n Play available upon request: free of charge.
Extra beds are not available.
Extra guest charges will apply as follows:
US$50 plus tax per night for older children and adults.
Children 2 and under stay free of charge when using existing bedding.

Children welcome.

Pets: Only service animals allowed.

Fees: A resort/facility fee of US$29.99 plus tax, per night will be added to the total price of your stay upon check out.

This fee includes: Wi-Fi, self-parking, towel service, in-room coffee, life jackets and towels in the water park, access to fax, local phone calls, concierge service and wolf ears for children 12 and under.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Have a Question? Contact Travelzoo.

Customer Service available Mon-Sun, 9am-9pm ET

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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