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Starved Rock State Park is one of the best destinations for hiking in the Midwest. We know that our guests love to come here to see the natural beauty of the park, but there’s so much more to see and do. If you’ve never been here before, we suggest a guided hike and a Historic Trolley Tour. We offer seasonal Trolley Tours, musical tribute shows and many fun activities and events, many of which are free of charge. Starved Rock Lodge and State Park attract over two million visitors each year. Come and explore this jewel in the crown of LaSalle County!


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Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

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May Tours: 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 historic downtown Utica and the Starved Rock Visitor Center. Reservations are recommended. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386.   May Tours Saturday May 2 @ 3pm Sunday May 3 @ 12pm Sunday May 3 @ 130pm Sunday May 3 @ 300pm Saturday May 9 @ 3pm Sunday May 10 @…Read more

10:30 am - 3:00 pm

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Our delicious Sunday Brunch is served every Sunday* from 10:30am to 3pm in The Main Dining Room of Starved Rock Lodge. To contact the Hostess, please call (815) 220-7321. Sunday Brunch Menu » Prices Adults: $15.95 Children 10 and under: half price Children 3 and under: free *Holiday Buffets are served on Easter, Mother’s Day, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Holiday buffet pricing varies from Sunday Brunch pricing.

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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Saturday & Sundays. 11am-2pm. $18 per person Participants meet in the hotel main lobby of the Lodge to pick up a lunch and a “Starved Rock” backpack. Hikers will stop for lunch once they reach a Canyon. The tour concludes at the Lodge about 2:00pm. Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear. Hike will be around 4.5 miles round trip. This hike is classified as strenuous. Lunch includes: your choice of turkey, ham or veggie wrap, bag of chips, homemade granola bar, piece of fruit and a bottle of water. Advanced reservations are required as space is limited. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386 Group will depart from the hotel lobby of the Lodge with a knowledgeable…Read more

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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Stop by Starved Rock Lodge’s East parking lot and have your motorcycle blessed by local clergy in one of two ceremonies. Ceremonies will be held at 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm.  The blessings remind us that life is a journey and we need to ask for God’s protection. A great kick-off for biking season! Open to the public. For more information, please call 815-220-7386.

Monday, May 4th, 2015

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Offered: in April & May (Monday & Saturday) Ticket Price: $32 for adults, $27 children (10 and under). Mondays:  11am-3pm. Saturdays:  9am-1pm & 11am-3pm Experience the fun of outdoors adventure at Starved Rock State Park with a guided walk to 3 spectacular waterfalls and canyons. We will plan to visit French, St. Louis and Ottawa Canyons. The tour will also include hot lunch in The Main Dining Room and a relaxing trolley ride. The 11:00 tour begins with lunch in our dining room followed by the tour and the 9:00 tour will begin with the tour and conclude with lunch. This is a walking tour and not recommended for individuals with limited mobility. Waterfalls cannot be guaranteed on this tour. For more information…Read more

11:30 am - 2:45 pm

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Everybody loves somebody sometime… and you’ll love this Tribute to the Stars performance at Starved Rock Lodge. Capturing the spirit of Dean Martin, Peter Oprisko brings the King of Cool back to life, with his renditions of Dino’s signature songs, style and sense of humor. Sway to Blue Moon, Baby It’s Cold Outside and Ain’t That a Kick in the Head. Spend the afternoon with us… for the good times. May 4 & 5: 11:30am matinee performances Prices: Matinee Performance: $32 – includes lunch buffet & show Overnight Stay with Matinee Performance: $144 – includes lunch buffet, show & overnight stay for 2 Book tickets by calling (815) 220-7386 or by clicking the links below May 4 Tickets » May 5 Tickets »

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

11:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Tuesdays & Fridays Departure time: 11:00 am Price: $39 per person Start with a delicious hot lunch in the Lodge’s Main Dining Room. Next, board one of our trolleys for a ride through historic downtown Utica and stop at Cattails where you can shop. Your trolley will then take you on a relaxing ride to LaSalle where you will board the canal boat. Step back into time with period-dressed interpreters on this 1-hour mule-pulled canal boat ride. After the boat ride you will visit Starved Rock Visitor Center. There is minimal walking on this tour. Reservation required. If you have any questions or would like to book call 815-220-7386. Please note: This tour will not run on Tuesday, July 28,…Read more

11:30 am - 2:45 pm

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Everybody loves somebody sometime… and you’ll love this Tribute to the Stars performance at Starved Rock Lodge. Capturing the spirit of Dean Martin, Peter Oprisko brings the King of Cool back to life, with his renditions of Dino’s signature songs, style and sense of humor. Sway to Blue Moon, Baby It’s Cold Outside and Ain’t That a Kick in the Head. Spend the afternoon with us… for the good times. May 4 & 5: 11:30am matinee performances Prices: Matinee Performance: $32 – includes lunch buffet & show Overnight Stay with Matinee Performance: $144 – includes lunch buffet, show & overnight stay for 2 Book tickets by calling (815) 220-7386 or by clicking the links below May 4 Tickets » May 5 Tickets »

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Every Thursday (year round) Join the fun on our weekly, guided hikes! Explore Starved Rock State Park, Matthiessen State Park, the I & M Canal and a nearby Nature Preserve. Every Thursday morning, year round, the Starved Rock Walkers Club  meets in the lobby of the Lodge and departs at 9:00 am. Hikes last between 2 and 3 hours, depending on the destination. The hikes vary each week and over a 4-month period, the group will see the entire park.  Make some new friends and learn about wildlife, wildflowers and more. This event is free and open to the public. Please note: We will not hike on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve. Schedule: May 7  Wildcat Canyon/French…Read more

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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What could be better than an evening of friends, wine, and art with YOU as the artist?  Enjoy a relaxed painting session with family and friends, or come alone and meet new people.  No painting experience necessary.  Evening includes: all of the painting materials you will need, glass of wine and snacks.  Everyone will finish a painting to take home.  Class is limited to 20 people, so please call for reservations.  Class is located in the Café of Starved Rock Lodge. This class is $35 per person. Call 815-220-7386 to book! Instructor: Melody Choice of Fruit or Flower Click here to register for the May 7 class Click here to register for the June 11 class Click here to register for…Read more