Looking for a fun summer job where you'll get paid and get a tan too?

Good news, because Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, and Hurricane Harbor in Rockford are hiring 4,000 people for the upcoming season.

If you're interested, apply online and virtual interviews are available every day. Six Flags says they have open positions everywhere so finding the spot that best suits you couldn't be easier.

The hourly pay rate begins at $11. Not bad for a summer job, right?

I know you're wondering (because I sure was) when do they plan to open the gates this year? After a truncated 2020 season due to COVID, the hope is to open Six Flags Great America in Gurnee on April 24, while Hurricane Harbor in Gurnee and Rockford plan to open on May 29.

Unfortunately, Six Flags openings are all pending final approval from state and local officials, so we have to wait on the official word.

Regardless, this is the kind of news we all need in Rockford. If you're looking for a summer gig, this is great but for the rest of us, it means summer is right around the corner.

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