Forced into bankruptcy by Illinois restrictions, White Pines Resort closes after 80 years of operation

ILLINOIS — Located in Mount Morris is a regional gem that for over 80 years has provided an outdoor experience for anyone looking to getaway from it all, and the latest victim of the deadly coronavirus pandemic. It is a story about COVID-19’s other deadly secret that no one is talking about, the death of the American Dream.

That grave description is how White Pines Resort described the situation today, as the resort announced on their Facebook page that it would be closing its doors for good. Closed, due to their inability to keep their doors open because of state of Illinois restrictions.

“We have some very important news to share with you all”, the resort told their fans early Wednesday afternoon. “Beth was forced into bankruptcy due to the delayed reopening and restrictions from the Illinois Governor that has been placed on all restaurants and not being able to have events of over 50 people until there’s a vaccine.”

Owner Beth George, who has owned White Pines Resort for the past 31 years, shared a video on Wednesday explaining the closure.

The Resort said it is a loss of freedom of speech for all business owners during this time, feeling as no one has a say in their own destiny. Not even after 31 years of working so hard at it. The resort has cabins for rent, a restaurant, and a theater on-site.

White Pines said they are hosting a going out of business Gift Shop sale ‪May 18-20‬ ‪from 10 AM – 6 PM‬. “Please consider purchasing a momento [SIC] and help us pay back our brides who were planning their wedding here.”

White Pines Resort website reads;

Nestled in a clearing deep in the forest of White Pines State Park, less than 2 hours west of Chicago, discover White Pines Resort. The showpiece of the resort is a massive log lodge built in the 1930’s which is home to a restaurant known far and wide for its delicious home-style cuisine, generous portions and friendly staff. The restaurant is also host to the Pines Playhouse, a live theater experience which has been providing musical and comedic entertainment for over thirty years. Adjacent to the landmark restaurant is a charming and rustic gift shop filled with nostalgic flavors and precious mementos. Authentic, cozy log cabins provide overnight lodging just a stone’s throw from the lodge. Natural beauty abounds with miles of hiking trails that crisscross over bubbling streams and along moss covered limestone bluffs. This hidden gem is ideal for romantic escapes, family outings, corporate retreats, weddings and weekend getaways from Chicago. Enjoy an amazing experience guaranteed to create good olde fashioned times with family, friends and loved ones which harkens back to a time of simple pleasures and treasured memories.”

7 thoughts on “Forced into bankruptcy by Illinois restrictions, White Pines Resort closes after 80 years of operation

  • May 14, 2020 at 2:27 am

    What a true shame. We live close enough to enjoy “the Pines” on a daily basis rather than staying over the night but we are sure going to miss our many daily trips to “get away” even if it was just for a day or an evening. Big government be damned.

  • May 14, 2020 at 9:47 am

    I am so sorry to hear this. Businesses should have taken the responsibility to purchase Business Interruption Insurance with a force majeure clause for pandemics. If this business, and many others, would have been responsible to do protect themselves in this way, they would not have to suffer. Fixed expenses (rent, utilities), loss of income/profits combined with the federal grants/loans would have made this business more than whole. Smart business does not sell their future either. Money taken for future services should be saved and paid out as the events you’ve been contracted to do happen. Maybe when businesses reorganize, they will realize that they need to have smarter business practices to protect their future.
    The fact remains, your business can come back, but those who have and will possibly lose lives can’t come back. I understand the frustration and sadness behind having this happen, but come on, we all have suffered losses, but none greater than those who have given their life. I hope you can find some comfort in remembering who we have been doing this for.. it’s for you and your neighbor to live. Thos who patronize you, and for those who love you and who you love.

    Best wishes and I am so sorry this happened to you. I’m sure this has been not only eye-opening but a big learning experience for you, albeit a devastating one, about how to better plan and protect against the possibility for catastrophic business interruptions and losses.

    • May 14, 2020 at 3:39 pm

      That’s the most asinine thing I have read to date. Keep Chicago closed and open the rest of the State period. 95% of the cases and deaths are in Chicago.

  • May 14, 2020 at 10:05 am

    What a tragedy. This is a beautiful, cherished, park that has been our (and many other’s) go to for years. It was always a thrill to have lunch or breakfast especially during the Oregon on Parade festivities.
    This lockdown is a joke. How come his wife can leave on a private jet to Florida during his own lockdown and other respectable illinosians cannot leave their house? This reminds me of 1930’s Germany.
    If somebody falls down a set of stairs “they died of Covid.” They don’t tell you they died from trauma with covid. No, it’s Covid all the way.
    Is there a gofund me page for the owner?

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