We’re being renovated!
Laughter can be heard rumbling through the beach resort’s lobby as diners in the restaurant recount the day’s events. Some review an earlier fishing adventure as they dine on their own catch cleaned and prepared by the on-site Chef. Others discuss the beauty of the beach wedding held the evening before and the chocolaty goodness of the s’mores roasted over the reception bonfire. Some recount the majestic sunrise easily seen from their balcony suite and plan the next day’s hiking venture through the park.
The gentle hum of the various conversations adds to the airy atmosphere of Illinois Beach Resort in Zion, IL. It’s floor to ceiling windows display panoramic views of the Lake Michigan beach below and invite copious amounts of warm natural light into the sprawling lobby. Comfy seating provides an inviting atmosphere encouraging all to enjoy a little latitude change without the need of a two-day drive or an expensive plane ticket.
The Resort has long been an ideal destination for couples, families, brides and business savvy groups wishing to escape the noise of the city. Located only about an hour from Chicago and Milwaukee, it’s also a convenient and easily justifiable getaway destination.
Built in 1957 among the sandy dunes of one of the state’s most popular parks, it quickly became a popular tourist attraction with its stunning views of the Lake and proximity to the beach. But the resilient resort has not always enjoyed the warm sunshine of high occupancy rates and smiling guests.
In the summer of 2011, Illinois Beach State Park was ravaged by two extremely powerful storms. The destruction to the resort and surrounding park was devastating. The building was severely damaged, historic trees downed and the roof of the pool was ripped apart by the harrowing winds.
But as a phoenix rises from the ashes of trying times, so has Illinois Beach Resort. After the storms damaged much of the building, the work to bring the resort back to its former glory began. The fitness center, pool and banquet space were all renovated and updated shortly there after.
Now the resort’s 92 guest rooms and suites are in the middle of a 2 million dollar face-lift. Signs are displayed throughout the hotel requesting that patrons pardon dust as the resort is brought back to life. A small army of industrious artisans work diligently to update everything from the sweeping drapes that adorn the windows to the black tiled floors of the bathrooms.
The new look is set to be on display for guests in late 2016 when the renovations are planned to be completed. Honoring the styling of the 1950’s beach resort, the new look will accentuate the art deco styling of the building with modern amenities.
With the final step of its massive renovation well underway, guests can look forward to once again enjoying a vintage-style beach resort with a boutique hotel feel in their very own back yard.