The Great Escape

7265 Grand Ave
Gurnee, IL 60031
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(847) 856-8300
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Store Hours


Monday-Friday 10:00 am – 8:00pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00pm
Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00pm

Meet Our Team

Tim Schopper
Store Manager

Hello there, my name is Tim Schopper and I'm the manager at our Gurnee location. I've been with The Great Escape for 7 years.

I love my job because we carry high quality, great looking, long lasting products at the best price in the industry. The best part of my job is having and creating repeat customers who have come to appreciate our advice to handle their needs. No product or request is too small and all my staff is willing to pitch in as needed.

In my free time you can find me enjoying sports. I'm a huge Bears, Cubs and Bulls fan!

John Wisch
Store Manager

Hi, I’m John Wisch. Welcome to the Gurnee Great Escape where I’m the Store Manager. I’ve worked for the company for 8 wonderful, glorious, spectacular years (can you tell I love my job?). I’ve got a Bachelor of Art in Business and Political Science.

My product specialties are patio, billiards, indoor furniture and hot tubs. I’ve been involved with the furniture business for 40 years now. I love working the sales floor, whether it’s displaying the product or interacting with customers.
When I’m not at work, I am involved with county government and any other free time is spent with my family.

Here at The Great Escape in Gurnee, you’re visiting not only the largest dealer of name brand pools, spas, patio furniture and billiards in the industry, but also a store with an extremely experienced staff. The Gurnee store boasts over 75 years of experience in the industry, and we put it to use to help you find exactly what you’re looking for.

We like to get to know our customers and keep them coming back for years and years. Let us show you how we can offer big box prices with that mom and pop store care and attention to service. Come find us at the corner of Grand and Almond, a half mile west of Gurnee Mills. 

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