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Great Wolf Lodge Announces Opening Date For Gurnee Location

The lodge, which will feature an 80,000 square-foot water park with a boatload of new slides and attractions, will be located at 1700 Nations Drive in Gurnee

Great Wolf Lodge's Gurnee location will open July 1, the resort announced Wednesday.

The debut marks the lodge's first-ever resort in Illinois, and 17th overall location for North America's largest family of indoor water park resorts, according to their statement.

The lodge, which will feature an 80,000 square-foot water park with a boatload of new slides and attractions, will be located at 1700 Nations Drive.

After more than a year of extensive renovations, the highly-anticipated new resort said it is now accepting reservations.

"As part of its grand opening celebration, Great Wolf Lodge created a special offer that provides a discount up to 30 percent off standard rates for stays through December 30, 2018,"  said spokesperson Rebecca Smith in a statement.

The park will only be open to guests of the resort, which will cut back on overcrowding, officials said.

"Chicago is the third largest market in the U.S. and while we are fortunate to have an established fan-base here, we believe the added convenience of having a resort in closer proximity to the metro-area will allow even more families the opportunity to experience a Great Wolf Lodge getaway,” Great Wolf CEO Ruben Rodriguez said.

Some of the new attractions at the park will include a kids spa, an interactive miniature golf course, and a ton of new slides, including a body slide known as “Otter Run” and “Alberta Falls,” a tube slide with high-banked turns.

New restaurants will also be part of the complex, which will feature 414 guest suites, according to a press release by the company.

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