Fox Ridge

Summer Music Concert Series

Join us this summer in Fox Ridge (across from the Lodge lobby) for our Summer Music Concert Series! Each concert will have a different performer, making music from 2pm-3:30pm. Free event, donations welcome. Summer Music Concert Series Schedule: September 4 @ 2pm Brian Benkse

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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Sunset Drum Circle

6:30pm Fox Ridge Free Move to the beat with local musician Dave Peterson as he leads an interactive sunset drum circle featuring African Percussion and Native American flutes. It’s an experience for all ages and ability levels. An energetic and fun way to create “in the moment” music with percussion instruments. Drums provided!

The Geology of the Illinois Basin – 500 Million Years of Geological History in Starved Rock Country

Join Geologist, Joe Jackupack, as he discusses the rich geologic history of the Starved Rock area. This event will take place at the Starved Rock Visitors Center!

Invasion of the Flying Fish at the Starved Rock Visitors Center

Discover different species of the invasive Asian Carp and their distinguishing characteristics. Brennan Caputo, Natural Resources Coordinator for I.D.N.R., will discuss why they are such a problem and what the Department of Natural Resources is doing to control the movement and population of Asian Carp. This event will take place at the Starved Rock Visitors Center!

Starved Rock in 1712 at the Starved Rock Visitors Center

Join local author and Starved Rock Historian, Mark Walczynski, as he examines life at Starved Rock in 1712, an important year in Illinois Native American history. This program also examines the important role that the local Illinois Indians played in the Franco –Native American relations leading up to the infamous Fox Wars, one of the more turbulent periods in Illinois History. This event will take place at the Starved Rock Visitors Center!

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Historic Trolley Tours
(M-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-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 State Park and Lodge. Travel to the Lock and Dam, through Read More

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Storytelling

Storytelling at Fox Ridge Saturday Evenings in October 7pm – 8pm Many different storytelling events are held under the serenity of the pines at Fox Ridge, our outdoor education & entertainment venue, across from the main doors of the Lodge. Campfire Stories are every Saturday night in October. Join us and some of the Illinois Valley’s most engaging storytellers as they share stories, legends, facts and fiction around the fire. Audience participation is welcome so Read More

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2016 Fall Colors Weekend

Please note: These are the dates for 2016 Fall Colors Weekend: October 15 & 16, 2016 Have you ever wondered how or why leaves change color? Join the Starved Rock guides as they hike to overlooks and canyons throughout Starved Rock State Park to enjoy the amazing colors of fall. Learn basic tree identification, how leaves change color, and all about the history and geology of Starved Rock! Free guided hikes to see the spectacular Read More

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Chief Walks with the Wind – A Tribute

March 19 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.