Great Wolf Lodge sets opening date for Gurnee water park, starts taking reservations

The first Great Wolf Lodge water park resort in Illinois has an opening date: July 1.

That’s when Great Wolf Lodge Illinois — the 17th North American location for Chicago-based Great Wolf Resorts — will debut its 80,000-square-foot indoor water park and 414 guest suites in north suburban Gurnee, near Six Flags Great America.

Company officials said Great Wolf officially began booking reservations Wednesday, and it’s offering a grand-opening discount of up to 30 percent off standard rates for stays through Dec. 30.

Standard rates start at $199.99 a night and include water park access for up to four guests. The

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