Cafe 5x8 300 dpiThe Starved Rock Cafe is located just off the Lobby. Open daily at 6:30 am for the early birds.  Stop in for a warm scone, a breakfast sandwich, coffee or latte!  The Cafe serves breakfast, lunch or an afternoon snack after your hike in the park.  We also carry our fabulous homemade fudge and Artisan Ice Cream.  After a relaxing night’s rest, we are your quick coffee stop before you hit the trails again, serving our special Douwe Egbert’s brand coffee.

For anyone who enjoys a good glass of wine, we offer a wine tasting weekly (and during special events) in the hotel lobby from 4-5, offering samples of our Starved Rock label table wines made by Prairie State Winery, created from all Illinois grapes!  We also offer vintage label traditional wines, specially made for us by Rutherford’s of California.  Enjoy one of our jars of wine-based specialty jellies to WOW your guests at your next get together!

In need of a greeting card for any occasion?  We offer Leaning Tree brand greeting cards in a wide variety to suit your needs.  See one that you love?  They also offer a wide selection of boxed sets of cards, so you can send one to everyone!

Forget your toothbrush? The Café also has a wide range of travel supplies, batteries and more.

Children love our selection of toys, games and especially the pool toys!



Homemade Fudge


For years, Starved Rock fudge has been a homemade tradition that’s worth taking home! Many flavors to choose from, only the freshest ingredients, no preservatives, & made on-site.

1/4 pound $3.25
1/2 pound $6.50

SPECIAL:  Buy a pound and get 1/2 pound FREE!

Fudge is also sold at: 

  • Trailheads Gifts Concessions Shop (at the Visitors Center in the park)
  • Cattails (at the Starved Rock Marketplace on the corner of Routes 6 & 178)









Taffy Town comes to the Cafe & Chillin

taffyEveryone LOVES taffy.  The Cafe now carries Taffy Town Taffy –  “The World’s Best Taffy”.
Make sure to stop in and get some for your visit, get a bucket for $13.99 and chose your own flavors.  This 97 year old company sends us some of their best sellers including: Raspberry, Strawberry Cheesecake, Watermelon, Frosted Cupcake, Cinnamon Roll, Tropical Punch and Neapolitan just to name a few.

Stop by, try some and see why their company says: “Our Standards are the Benchmark for Salt Water Taffy”!










Customized Gift Baskets

Be Our Guest …
There’s nothing more heartwarming than walking into a rustic cabin nestled in the woods at Starved Rock State Park and finding a personalized gift basket to welcome yourself, your friends or your family.

You can make it happen by calling 800-868-7625, Extension “0” and letting our friendly, reliable staff know what you’d like to have put in the gift basket.

Is it a birthday celebration? An anniversary? A romantic getaway? Maybe it’s a family reunion, and you want to thank the organizers for all of his or her hard work in getting things together!



  • Avid Hiker Basket includes 1/2 pound of Starved Rock’s Homemade Fudge, Starved Rock Tour Book and 2 bottles of Dasani water for $17.00.
  • Sit Back & Relax Basket contains 1/2 pound of Starved Rock’s Homemade Fudge, a bag of Starved Rock specialty popcorn, and 2 bottles of Dasani water for $17.00.
  • Sweets & Wine Basket serves up a bottle of Illinois Wine (semi-sweet red or white),  1 1/2 pounds of Starved Rock’s Homemade Fudge and 2 Starved Rock wine glasses. $55.00.  (With Sunset Red – $52.00)

You may choose from the following wine selection:
Starved Rock Sunset Red (a dry red), Starved Rock Pioneer Red (a semi-sweet red), Starved Rock Rose’ (a blush wine), Starved Rock Fox Canyon (a cranberry semi-sweet), Starved Rock Waterfall White (a semi-sweet white), Starved Rock White (a dry white)

Wine Tasting

winetasting oct 2013

If you’re a wine lover, we have all the Starved Rock wines (Chardonnay, White Zinfandel, Merlot and more) plus, for special celebrations: Starved Rock Bubbly! Pick up a bottle to take home or give as a gift. We also have some unique wine accessories. Don’t miss our complimentary wine tasting every Saturday from 4 PM to 5 PM in the Hotel Lobby.

Visit Cattails wine tasting room for an even wider selection. Many of the wines at Cattails are made in Illinois. Located at the Starved Rock Marketplace (at the intersection of US 6 and Highway 178 in Utica), this unique Gift Shop offers much more than wine. Home decor, seasonal florals, fashion accessories and gourmet food. Click here for more on wine at Cattails. 

Menu & Hours



6:30 am – 5:00 pm

6:30 am – 8:00 pm

Friday & Sunday
6:30 am – 6:00 pm

Contact Information

Phone: 815-667-4211 Extension 358