The Great Escape

403 N Veterans Pkwy
Bloomington, IL 61704

(309) 829-2900
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Store Hours




Mon/Tues/Weds/Thurs/Fri 10:00 am – 8:00pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00pm

11:00 am – 5:00pm

Meet Our Team

Jim Chamberlain

My name is Jim Chamberlain and I’m the Sales Manager at The Great Escape Bloomington. I’ve worked at The Great Escape since 2004. I’m a master photo-engraver by trade (my family business for 18 years) but I specialize in billiards, spas and pools too. How do I make shopping experiences great for my customers? I take the extra time to include ALL members of the family, including younger children, in the presentation so the entire family feels like they have been involved in the decision-making process when they finally make their choice.

Here are some fun facts about me: I used to play billiards at a fairly high level of competition, but that has given way to just enjoying the game occasionally while out with friends. I have been known to crank out a song at karaoke now and then, but no recording deals on the horizon!

Rick Picken

My name is Rick Picken and I'm the store manager at The Great Escape in Bloomington. I've been with TGE since 2010 and in the pool industry since 1999. I enjoy working for such a great company and I can't think of another industry that I would rather be in! During my career I've both sold, and installed pools and spas. I feel like I'm able to draw on that experience to help our customers with their projects from start to finish. It's nice to have people coming in to shop our products and to be able to see their excitement over the pool, spa, or patio set that they've been wanting for so long. I feel like The Great Escape provides the products that can bring families and friends closer together to help create the memories that will last a lifetime! We hope to see you soon at the Bloomington store!


Are you looking for the best brands available at the best prices? Do you want a one-stop shop that services what they sell? Come to The Great Escape in Bloomington. We take the extra time to ensure the customer gets what they WANT the first time and are available after the sale any time there is a question or need for service. It’s a big deal when people are spending their hard-earned money and trust us to deliver a high-end product. Let us help you buy the quality you deserve.

We are located just off Veterans Parkway at Main Street. Turn at the Dairy Queen onto RT Dunn Drive and it will bring you right to the store.