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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Oktoberfest 2016

September 26: 11:30am-2:30pm October 8: 5-7pm October 9: 5-7pm October 15: 5-7pm October 16: 5-7pm A Celebration of Germany! Food, Beer, Wine and Music. Join the fun! Sample German Wine and Beer. Enjoy a buffet of German foods and listen to authentic German music. Reservations are required for this event. Call 815-220-7386. $25.00 buffet only or $40.00 buffet/tastings/stein. When booking an overnight stay, Oktoberfest is NOT included in your stay. Sign up for 9/26 here Sign Read More

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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) 634-4086.  

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Art in Motion – Annual Art Show & Sale 2016

Enjoy an afternoon of art, live music and wine tasting at Starved Rock Lodge’s annual art show & sale on Sunday, July 10. Artists representing the Illinois Valley and beyond will share their work as you stroll the beautiful setting of Fox Ridge, just steps away from the Lodge. Many artists will be creating work during the show and items will be available for purchase. The wide array of Starved Rock Wines will be available for tasting Read More

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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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Spring Migratory Bird Hike

Join the park naturalist and local bird expert, Tom Williams, as we hike to seek out resident birds and greet our spring migrators. Bring your binoculars and your favorite bird guide. Hike lasts approximately 2 hours. Meet at the Starved Rock Visitor Center at 7:30 a.m.  Hike lasts 2 hours.

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Burgoo Festival

The Burgoo Festival is sponsored by LaSalle County Historical Society. What is BURGOO? It’s a delicious stew that cooks for many hours (ask the Burgoo Master). Visitors are invited to stir the Burgoo and taste it, too! Come and explore the town that was once called SCIENCE! Explore a wide variety of vendors with hand-crafted works of art, food, antiques and much more. It’s a fun day in North Utica.

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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