Posted Wednesday, May 10, 2006 9:44 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Two major resort projects were announced separately Tuesday, each linking an indoor water park with a major hotel in what is a significant and growing trend in the Midwest, led by Wisconsin. Grizzly Falls Resort, a $110 million complex with a 100,000-square-foot indoor water park and 400-room all-suites hotel, is expected to break ground this fall in Rosemont as part of a big mixed-use development. It is scheduled to open in spring 2008.
And the KeyLime Cove Resort and Water Park, a $125 million "tropical escape" with a 50,000-square-foot indoor water park and 413-room hotel, is expected to open in Gurnee in mid-2007 or early 2008.
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Wednesday, May 10, 2006 10:03 AM
You know, at some point the announcement of an outdoor water park is going to be unusual enough to cause a buzz. The kids won't know what to think. A water park outdoors, that's crazy.
Thursday, May 11, 2006 1:18 AM
I wonder close this one in Gurnee is going to be to SFGAm. I should take a drive up there one of these days to find out...
Thursday, May 11, 2006 3:28 PM
I believe the one in Gurnee is right across Grand Avenue from Baymont Inn. On the north side of Grand Ave. It will be mere blocks from SFGAm. Which that can mean good things for both the hotel and SFGAm.
Friday, May 12, 2006 4:00 PM
They keep up this trend and Wisconsin Dells won't be so intriguing for alot of people in the future. Chicago area saturated with indoor waterparks and now SFGAm's outdoor waterpark will keep people from making the cruise up to the Dells.
Monday, May 15, 2006 2:45 PM
I don't think any of these will affect the Dells in anyway. The Dells still offer way more as a destination city, not just a few resorts. Anyways, the new indoor waterpark opens in Arlington Heights this november at the Chicago Northwest Sheraton, about five miles from Woodfield Mall.
Monday, May 15, 2006 10:08 PM
I meant it would reduce the number of people in the Chicago area from hitting the Dells. I didn't mean people from other places that visit.
It won't hurt the Dells but it will reduce attendance to some degree.