Your Totally Awesome pick for greatest family getaway in the Chicago region, KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort is a hotspot for family fun and the best place to experience summertime fun all year round. The centerpiece of this fun zone is the Lost Paradise Indoor Waterpark, complete with a wave pool, lazy river, and a wet-and-wild playground. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg—there is an additional 10,000 square feet of entertainment!

KeyLime Cove’s own Jennifer Evans chatted with us briefly about what makes this splash-around resort awesome, how it got started, and more. Read on:

Red Tricycle: Congratulations! Your community recently voted you “Most Awesome.” What do you think your customers value most about your business?

Jennifer Evans: We are an island-inspired getaway that’s not far from home! We have lots to enjoy under one roof: an indoor waterpark, accommodations, unique shops, restaurants, an arcade, day spa and kids spa, and a daily schedule of “fun-tivities.”

RT: How did KeyLime Cove get started?

JE: KeyLime Cove was situated in Gurnee, IL as an alternative for Chicagoland families to the Wisconsin Dells waterparks. We are located across from Gurnee Mills mall and Six Flags Great America, just off the I-294 tollway.

RT: Any advice for new business owners just getting started?

JE: Know your target audience and speak their language!

RT: Can you give us one tip for balancing entrepreneurship with parenthood?

JE: Balance?  Is there balance?

RT: What is your proudest moment as someone involved with this business or as a parent?

JE: It is a privilege to be a part of families creating special memories during their vacation getaways; it’s a very rewarding aspect of being in the hospitality industry. We take special pride in meeting a family’s needs, like when a family member has special dietary needs and we can support that in our restaurants with customized menus, etc. We are a FUN brand—and it’s our hope to exceed our guests’ expectations so they have a worry-free getaway.

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