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J-4 Development Company and JL Burke Contracting Building a 125-suite
Hyatt Summerfield Suites at the Hickory Creek Waterworks and Resort,
Mokena, Illinois


MOKENA, IL (February 27, 2008) – J-4 Development Company, LLC and JL Burke Contracting, Inc., both of Mokena, announce the selection and approval of a 125-suite Hyatt Summerfield Suites to be located in the development of Hickory Creek Waterworks and Resort. Ground breaking is scheduled in 2008 and opening in late 2009.

Hyatt Summerfield Suites is an upscale, all-suite, residential-style hotel brand that provides a friendly neighborhood feel, creating a home-like environment for both business and leisure guests. Hyatt Summerfield Suites offers thoughtfully designed public spaces that capture the essence of a community including: a café/lounge serving coffee and offering complimentary high-speed Internet access; a park-like area with a pool and grill; a StayFit@Hyatt state-of-theart gym; complimentary full breakfast buffet; an Evening Social Monday though Thursday; 24- hour Guest Market; complimentary grocery services and laundry facilities. Beyond the public spaces, guests will find studio, one- and two-bedroom suites, all featuring a full kitchen, spacious living room with a 32-inch flat panel, high definition television and dedicated work area, and a separate bedroom featuring the Hyatt Grand Bed™.

“Careful consideration was given to selecting a hotel brand and product that best suits the needs of our future guests and the Hyatt Summerfield Suites will provide an optimum environment for leisure and business travelers alike. When you combine that flexibility with Hyatt’s reputation for impeccable guest service and experiences our decision was an easy one to make”. – Richard Coleman, CHA Vice President American Resort Management, LLC. The Hickory Creek Waterworks and Resort complex will be the destination for youth baseball and softball tournaments. From sitting in the stands cheering on family and friends, to taking in the sights and sounds of a game while enjoying a leisurely meal, Hickory Creek Resort will allow families to immerse themselves in the great American pastime. With views of the fields from many of the guest rooms and suites, there is no reason to miss a minute of the action.

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.

“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, Inc. Situated on 25 acres near the intersection of I-80 and La Grange Road, in the heart of Chicago Southland; Hickory Creek Waterworks and Resort will include a 40,000 square foot world-class indoor water park, a 105 single and dual key full service themed hotel, a 125 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, restaurants 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 Company, LLC.

Hickory Creek Resort Components
1.) 125 Room Hyatt Summerfield Suites 

2.) 45,000 sq. ft. Indoor Water Park

3.) 105 Room Independent Hotel

4.) Enclosed Parking Structure

5.) 94,500 sq. ft. Mixed Use Building

6.) 80,000 sq. ft. Indoor Sports Academy

Hickory Creek Waterworks and Resort is owned by J-4 Development Company, 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. Hickory Creek Resort is adjacent to the recently announced The Falls at Hickory Creek Development which will include a new 12,000 square foot, 400+ seat Stoney Point Grill and Off- Track Wagering Facility along with an additional themed restaurant. The recently approved Stoney Point Grill, scheduled to open Fall 2008, will feature outdoor lakeside seating for 80 along the 15 foot waterfalls. Stoney Point Grill is co-owned by James T. Burke and Bradley T. Banaszak, also of J.L. Burke Contracting, Inc.

Richard Coleman, 
Vice President of Development
American Resort Management


Also See: J-4 Development and JL Burke Contracting Building Hickory Creek Resort and Indoor Water Park in Chicago Southland / November 2007


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