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J-4 Development and JL Burke Contracting Building Hickory Creek Resort
and Indoor Water Park in Chicago Southland

MOKENA, IL (November 19, 2007) – J-4 Development and JL Burke Contracting, both of Mokena, announce development of Hickory Creek Resort and Indoor Water Park.  Ground breaking is scheduled in 2008 and opening in late 2009.

“We have created the ultimate family get-away destination and youth sports complex. We are fulfilling the dreams of both parents and children by combining athletics, entertainment and recreation on one site.” – James L Burke, President of JL Burke Contracting.  

Situated on 25 acres near the intersection of I-80 and La Grange Road, in the heart of Chicago Southland; Hickory Creek Resort will include a 40,000 square foot world-class indoor water park, a 105 single and dual key full service themed hotel, a 120 room extended stay franchised hotel, 8,000 square foot arcade, themed restaurants, gift shops, 80,000 square foot year round sports academy, 4 multi purpose sports fields, 94,500 square feet of mixed use office and commercial space and 2 multi level parking structures.

“We have designed a first of its kind family resort that blends the popularity of indoor water park resorts with youth athletics and ancillary mixed used restaurants, retail, office and residential spaces. I am proud to bring this unique concept to Mokena and the Chicago Southland.” – James T Burke, President of J-4 Development, LLC.

Hickory Creek Resort and Indoor Water Park is owned by J-4 Development, LLC and will be professionally managed by American Resort Management, LLC (  who has teamed with national and local industry leaders and experts on this project including: White Water Inc., Hotel and Leisure Advisors, Aumiller Youngquist, PC Architects and others bringing a proven, successful and experienced group of professionals to the design, development and operational success of Water Park, Hotels, Sporting and Commercial Developments.

The resort and sports complex will provide year round training to athletes of all ages creating a unique experience for sports enthusiasts, teams and families looking for a complete entertainment experience while training, competing or just taking a short get away from the high speed Chicago lifestyle. Hickory Creek Resort will offer families an indoor waterpark experience that is always 84 degrees no matter what the outside temperature. Families will be transported to a unique resort experience while being only a short distance from city life.


Richard Coleman, Vice President of Development
American Resort Management

Also See: Developer ASHA Companies Appoints American Resort Management, LLC to Operate The Crosswinds Resort in Lithicum Heights, Maryland; Expected to Cost $375 million, the Resort & Conference Center Will Include 4 Hotels, Waterpark / April 2007


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