The Great Escape

3232 W. Lake Avenue, Suite 360-B
Wilmette, IL 60091

(847) 853-1900
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Store Hours


Mon/Tues/Weds/Thurs/Fri 10:00 am – 8:00pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00pm
Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00pm

Meet Our Team

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.

What makes The Great Escape unique? We’ve got different product categories for the different seasons of the year. This makes our business model much more competitive than stand alone stores who have to keep their in-season prices high to cover the cost of overhead in the off season. So when you come to our store, you know you’re going to get the lowest price. The Great Escape has been around for over 45 years because it hires sales professionals with experience.

Here in Wilmette, we’ve truly got a ton of experience across the board. Between Mickey (patio), Ian (pools), Wayne (fitness) and Doug (spas/fitness), we’ve got over 15 years each of retail experience to help match you with the perfect product.

Come find us in the Edens Shopping Plaza, next to Carson Pirie Scott. You won’t be disappointed!