The family-focused, Wisconsin-based Great Wolf Lodge opened its first resort in Wisconsin Dells in 1997. Over the next two decades, it slowly expanded with more properties around the Midwest, moving into the Northeast, South, West and Canada. And this summer, the greater Chicago area will get its first resort from the brand.

Great Wolf Lodge Illinois, slated to open July 1 in Gurnee, will include the hallmark giant waterpark, family-friendly dining options and woodsy décor. The property will also have 7,800 square feet of meeting space, 414 guest rooms (including 14 suite styles) and a separate entrance for meeting guests to avoid the waterpark. It’s the result of a $40 million makeover to the former Key Lime Cove property.

Though the waterpark plays second fiddle to meeting groups looking to get business done at the resort, it has a nice perk: Guests have access to the waterpark at 1 p.m. on the day of check-in, so they can arrive early or with families in tow to take advantage of the fun facilities.

Meeting planners can also get creative with events at Great Wolf Lodge. They can use the 38,000-square-foot adventure park for teambuilding, or rent it out for “waterpark after dark” cocktail hour.

“How often can you have a cocktail party with these elements available to you?” says General Manager Emilio Fabico, noting the Illinois property will also have a lazy river, the funnel-like Whitewater Whirl waterslides and the Wolf Rider, for daring guests only.

Another attraction of Great Wolf Lodge Illinois is the brand’s newly revamped F&B program, which includes the farm-to-fork restaurant Barnwood. Guests will find fresh dishes made with locally sourced ingredients alongside a craft cocktail menu, also available to meeting groups.

The property is holding a job fair for nearly 600 positions at College of Lake County in Grayslake this week through May 18 (details), and is accepting reservations starting July 1, 2018.

From August 16-18 Denver, Colorado will be filled with creative, event-centered minds from all over the world. The International Live Events Association (ILEA)'s 2018 conference, ILEA Live, is offering live events professionals and event business owners an exclusive opportunity to focus on business strategies, creative output, inspiration and trends.

 

Hyatt Place Cleveland/Westlake/Crocker Park has been recognized by Hyatt as the 2017 “Hyatt Place Hotel of the Year” at the recent Global Select Service Sales Summit. The hotel also won Hyatt’s HyAchiever Award for meeting all sales goals and metrics as well as the STR Performance – Highest RevPAR Index for 2017. Hyatt Place Cleveland/Westlake/Crocker Park opened in 2015 and is owned by Stark Enterprises, who selected Olympia Hotel Management to develop and manage the project.
 

 

The Film, Music, Fashion and Create division of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau has officially launched the Bureau’s first Underground Create Map. Designed to exhibit Broward County’s creative universe, the map is a curated guide of creative hotspots. Featured areas include live music events and festivals, art walks and trolley tours called Underground Stops (U-Stops).