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Sewing Retreat 2017

February 27 – March 1, 2017 See below for rates Day 1: 9am: Check-in to sewing room 3pm: Check-in for overnight stay at Starved Rock Lodge 5pm: Dinner (included) Followed by an instructional class (optional, TBD) After dinner on nights one and two, you can stay up all night sewing, relax in the Great Hall, go for a swim or turn in early; the evening is up to you! Day 2: 8am: Breakfast (included) followed Read More

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2018 Valley Woodcarvers’ Expo

See over 100 exhibits of woodcarving artists. Outside the Lodge, see chainsaw woodcarving in action. Raffles of woodcarvings and other items, too. Open to the public. Free admission. This program is partially funded by the Illinois Valley Fine Arts Trust. For more information, contact Bob Wills at (815) 634-3086.

Mr. Elephant’s Starved Rock Adventure

Here’s the story of a lost stuffed animal who spent the day at Starved Rock Lodge until his drive back home to his owner. With wind chills of 15 below zero, he decided to pass on a guided hike and instead roamed around the Lodge. Mr. Elephant was in good hands during his trip and the employees at Starved Rock took him on some unforgettable adventures. Mr. Elephant stopped by the Cafe to browse some homemade fudge The cashier Read More

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Sled Dog Demos

Free Spirit Siberian Rescue will return for two sled dog demos in 2017. The first is on January 15 (with seminars in the LaSalle Room) and the second one is on February 19 (with seminars in the LaSalle Room at Starved Rock Lodge). Outdoor sled dog demos will take place along the sea wall (just southeast of the Starved Rock Visitor Center).

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Owl Prowl 2017

Owl Prowl Weekend March 10, 11 & 12 FRIDAY (3/10) AND SATURDAY (3/11) – Owl Night Walks: $10/adults, $7/children 10 & under Steve Bailey, an ornithologist, will be here for Owl Programs and Owl Walks. Programs are at 6:00 pm with an Owl Walk to follow on both days, finishing back at the lodge around 8:00 pm. Price is $10 for adults and $7 for children 10 & under. Everyone should plan on bringing a flashlight. During Read More

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Historic Trolley Tours
(Tues-Fri 3pm Departure)

March: Saturday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm April-May: Saturday: 3-4:30pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm June-September: Monday: 1:30-3pm, 3-4:30pm Tuesday-Saturday: 3-4:30pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm October: Monday-Saturday: 3-4:30 pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm November-December: Saturday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm Pricing $12/adult $10/seniors (60 & over) $8/children (10 & under) Board a trolley outside of the Great Hall of the Lodge. Learn about the rich history and legends of Starved Rock Read More

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Chief Walks with the Wind – A Tribute

March 26 at 4pm Great Hall Join us as we honor Chief Walks with the Wind and the Native American history from Starved Rock Lodge’s days gone by. Enjoy stories, songs and ceremonies shared by Jerry Savage (the grandson of Sam Sine, who was known by many as ” Chief Walks with the Wind “). This is a free event, open to the public.

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Art in the Park

Starved Rock Lodge’s Art in the Park Exhibit is the largest collection of chainsaw woodcarvings in the Midwest. The centerpiece of the exhibit is the large Native American Indian head in front of the Lodge – entitled Chief Walks with the Wind. This carving is a tribute to honor Same Sine. Sam (Chief Walks with the Wind) and his family shared Native American stories and cultural programs at the lodge for nearly 50 years. For Read More

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Kids’ Corner

Hey kids! Looking for fun and facts to help plan your visit to Starved Rock State Park? You have come to the right place. Explore our fun online resources and get to Starved Rock for endless activities and educational programs. The information below is provided thanks to the Illinois Natural History Survey, a division of the Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Upcoming Events Search for Read More

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Activities

“We’re like the History Channel meets National Geographic!” Starved Rock State Park and Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center is the best getaway in Illinois. If you enjoy outdoor adventures, hiking, history and architectural landmarks, you have come to the right place. We offer guided hikes year ’round so plan a trip in the spring, summer, fall or winter! Whether you’re hiking in the rain, sunshine, falling leaves or snow – you’re sure to see breathtaking Read More