Calendar of Events

Starved Rock Lodge offers a calendar of fun things to do throughout the year.  Starved Rock State Park is one of the best places in Illinois to go hiking. We offer seasonal and historic Trolley Tours, guided hikes, musical tribute shows and more.

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Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

11:00 am - 2:30 pm

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Saturday: 9:30am & 11:00am Monday & Wednesday: 11:00am NOTE: 9:30am tours will end with Lunch at 12:00pm.  11:00am tours will begin with Lunch. Enjoy our most popular tour and see Starved Rock from the water! You can really see how big the ROCK is when you see it from this perspective. Plus, you’ll see the wildlife living on Plum Island (egrets, cranes, migratory birds such as pelicans and more). Tour includes a hot lunch in our rustic Dining Room, a historic trolley ride and a leisurely 50-minute Illinois River cruise on the Belle of the Rock, an authentic paddlewheel boat.  There is minimal walking involved on this tour. Tickets are $40.00 per person. Reservations are necessary. For more information and to book your…Read more

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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  July 23 – Monet’s Waterlilies – Watercolor July 30 –VanGogh, Bowl of Flowers – Acylics and Collage August 6 – Monet, Haystacks – Watercolor August 13- VanGogh, Starry Night – Pastels 1:00pm-3:00pm @ Cattails (at the intersection of Routes 6 and 178) $25.00 per child Join us on Wednesday afternoons for a series of children’s art classes that are guaranteed to be fun-filled nurturing experiences. The goal will be to encourage youngsters to develop creativity, style and skill while exploring their artistic ideas in a comfortable and supportive atmosphere. We will be inspired by the great Impressionist’s style of painting, and will create our own interpretation of these masterpieces, while learning different art mediums. All materials will be provided.…Read more

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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8637 FOX RIDGE PAM & CROWD HIGH RES
Wilderness Wednesday take place every Wednesday at 3:00 pm from June 4 –August 27. Join the fun at FOX RIDGE (located directly across from the main steps of Starved Rock Lodge)! This weekly nature education program is suited for all ages. Each week, a guest presenter will introduce participants to a new nature topic. Topics include bees, geology, insects, snakes, butterflies and more! This is a great opportunity to learn something new about the world around us. In the event of inclement weather, Wilderness Wednesday activities will be cancelled. For more information call 815-220-7386. Upcoming 2014 Wilderness Wednesday Topics: July 2 – Rockin’ with Geology Joe So just how did those overlooks on the Illinois River form? How much water did…Read more

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

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FB ACTIVITIES
MARCH: Saturdays – 12:00pm & 1:30pm Sundays – 12:00pm & 1:30pm APRIL & MAY: Saturdays -  3:00pm Sundays – 12:00pm & 1:30pm JUNE – OCTOBER: Tuesday – 3:00pm Thursday – 3:00pm Saturday – 3:00pm Sunday – 12:00pm & 1:30pm NOVEMBER & DECEMBER:  Saturday: 12:00pm & 1:30pm Sunday: 12:00pm & 1:30pm Price: $12.00 per adult/$10.00 senior/$8.00 children under 10 NOTE: Due to the annual Burgoo Festival in Utica, there will be NO Historic Trolley Tours on Sunday, October 12, 2014. Board a trolley outside of the Great Hall area of the Lodge. Enjoy a historic trolley ride with stops at the Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center where you will see a short video of the area. You will also travel to…Read more

9:00 am - 11:30 am

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Weekly guided hike through Starved Rock State Park (and sometimes visiting nearby Matthiessen State Park) every Thursday morning, year round. The group meets in the lobby of the Lodge and departs at 9:00 a.m. Hikes last between 2 and 3 hours, depending on the destination. The hikes vary each week and over a 3-month period, the group will see the entire park. So, over the course of a year, the Walker’s Club sees each part of the park in each season of the year. 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 Day or New Year’s Day.

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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BELLE OF THE ROCK
Join us for a cruise aboard Belle of the Rock. This tour is offered every Monday & Thursday evening  from June-September. Tour includes a Trolley Shuttle to and from the boat.  The boat ride is a relaxing, scenic hour-and-a-half cruise on the Belle of the Rock paddle wheel boat. The tour concludes with dinner from our special dinner menu with dessert.  For more information and to make reservations call  (815) 220-7386. $38.50 per person. Please note: We will not be running tours on Labor Day, Monday September 2, 2013. Click on a link below to book your tickets online. To book your Dinner & Evening Cruise online, click on a link below. Thursday, July 17, 2014 – 3:00pm Monday, July 21, 2014 – 3:00pm…Read more

Friday, August 1st, 2014

11:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Friday: 11:00am (Tour begins with lunch at 11:00am) Our popular Canal Boat & Trolley Tour begins with a delicious hot lunch at Starved Rock Lodge.  Next, you’ll board one of our trolleys for a ride through historic downtown Utica and stop at Cattails (where you can shop for unique treasures, wine, gifts and more).  Your trolley will then take you on a relaxing ride to LaSalle, where you will board the canal boat.  Step back in time, with period-dressed interpreters, on this 1-hour, mule-pulled canal boat ride. Learn the rich history of Illinois waterways, especially the Illinois & Michigan Canal.  After the boat ride, you’ll travel to the Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center. Your final stop is back at Starved…Read more

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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FEATURED IMAGE TAKE A HIKE
Guided hikes with lunch are offered by Starved Rock Lodge on Saturdays and Sundays from April through November.  Participants meet in the Hotel Lobby to pick up a lunch and a souvenir  “Starved Rock” backpack. Our friendly guides from Starved Rock Lodge will share their knowledge of Starved Rock State Park (named a National Historic Landmark in 1960) and Starved Rock Lodge (named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985). Our guided hikes are classified as strenuous.  Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate (waterproof) shoes.  Lunch includes your choice of turkey, ham or peanut butter and jelly; bag of chips; home-made granola bar; piece of fruit; and a bottle of water.  Please bring extra water in hot…Read more

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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Music and outdoor dining with a great view! It’s all here at Starved Rock. Join us  for a rockin’ good time with music from bands you’ll long remember. Relax with live, acoustic music every Friday & Saturday night from 8-11 pm Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. The Veranda is located just outside The Back Door Lounge of Starved Rock Lodge. Music runs from 8-11 pm. The grill opens at 5, but food service is available for lunch as well. The scenic Illinois River Valley serves up a sunset and panoramic view that is truly photo-worthy! Bring your friends and family this weekend.

8:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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astronomy event
Friday, August 1, 2014 8:30pm-10:00pm Starved Rock State Park Campground *Sponsored by the Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources, Starved Rock State Park & Twin City Astronomers Enjoy a fun-filled evening exploring the night sky with the Twin City Astronomers Club. This family friendly evening will involve taking a laser-guided sky tour and using telescopes to view planets and other celestial wonders. *Weather Permitting* For more information call the Starved Rock Visitor Center at 815-667-4906