Great Wolf Lodge will replace Key Lime Cove in Gurnee next summer, and water park enthusiasts got their first glimpse of what the new park may look like when it opens to the public.
The lodge, which will feature an 80,000 square-foot water park, will feature a boatload of new slides and attractions, and the renovated property will be the 18th Great Wolf Lodge in North America.
"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.
The park will only be open to guests of the resort, which will cut back on overcrowding, officials 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.
The new waterpark is expected to open in the summer of 2018.