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Starved Rock State Park is one of the best and most beautiful 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. First time at Starved Rock? We suggest a guided hike and a historic trolley tour to learn about the area. We offer seasonal trolley tours, year ’round guided hikes, musical tribute shows, special events, educational programs, children’s activities and so much more! Come explore this jewel in the crown of LaSalle County and see why we attract more than two million visitors each year!


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Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

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 9am. 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. Hikes will take place the Wednesday…Read more

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Rock Star 2017 kicked off on February 16 here at Starved Rock Lodge. 15 contestants performed a song of their choice for the opening night. Kira Thompson sang “Ain’t Got You” and won fan favorite. 12 contestants will be moving on to Night 2 on Thursday, February 23. Come out next Thursday at 7pm to help cheer on your favorite contestants as they perform a song from the 80’s! Night 3: March 2 @ 7pm Finals: March 9 @ 7pm

Friday, February 24th, 2017

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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There’s no better way to relax on a Friday night than with great, live music in the Back Door Lounge. Talented, local performers bring a variety of rock and country favorites (mixed with a few original songs) each week from 8-11 pm with no cover charge. Come early for dinner! Ask about our wide selection of seasonal beers, Starved Rock wines and specialty drinks. Or, warm up with a coffee drink after dinner. Disclaimer: Material may not be suitable for all ages. February 24: Champaign Freight March 3: Darrell Data March 10: Cody Calkins March 17: Big Dog Mercer March 24: Steve Sharp March 31: Jeff Manfredini April 7: Double Dave Trio April 14: Randi and Terri Peterson April 21: Tommy and the…Read more

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

9:00 am - 12:30 pm

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January-February Monday & Wednesday at 11am Saturday at 9am & 11am Sunday at 10:30am Ticket price: Mon, Wed & Sat: $25/adults, $20/children Sun: $32/adult, $27/children 10 & under 9am Tours: Begin with trolley and followed by lunch at 11:30am 10:30am Tours: Begin with Sunday brunch and followed by trolley at 12pm 11am Tours: Begin with lunch and followed by trolley at 12pm Tours include transportation, tour guide, eagle presentation at the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center and lunch (or Sunday Brunch) in our dining room. See this American symbol in its natural habitat. Dress warmly and bring binoculars and cameras. Eagle sightings are not guaranteed in warmer weather. There is minimal walking and restrooms are available throughout the tour. Sunday tours begin with…Read more

11:00 am - 2:30 pm

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January-February Monday & Wednesday at 11am Saturday at 9am & 11am Sunday at 10:30am Ticket price: Mon, Wed & Sat: $25/adults, $20/children Sun: $32/adult, $27/children 10 & under 9am Tours: Begin with trolley and followed by lunch at 11:30am 10:30am Tours: Begin with Sunday brunch and followed by trolley at 12pm 11am Tours: Begin with lunch and followed by trolley at 12pm Tours include transportation, tour guide, eagle presentation at the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center and lunch (or Sunday Brunch) in our dining room. See this American symbol in its natural habitat. Dress warmly and bring binoculars and cameras. Eagle sightings are not guaranteed in warmer weather. There is minimal walking and restrooms are available throughout the tour. Sunday tours begin with…Read more

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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December-March Saturday & Sunday $12/person Join us for a guided hike with the possibility of frozen waterfalls & Eagles. Participants meet in the hotel lobby of the Lodge to pick up a snack and a “Starved Rock” backpack. The tour concludes at the Lodge about 2:00 pm. Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear proper footwear. In the event of ice and snow, we advise Yaktrax for extra traction. Hike will be about 4.5 miles round trip. Remember to bring your binoculars and cameras. Included is: homemade granola bar, bottled water, “Starved Rock” backpack and voucher for small hot chocolate or coffee in our café upon your return. Advanced reservations are required as space is limited. For more information and…Read more

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

10:30 am - 2:00 pm

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Discover the Eagles Trolley Tours January-February Monday & Wednesday at 11am Saturday at 9am & 11am Sunday at 10:30am Ticket price: Mon, Wed & Sat: $25/adults, $20/children Sun: $32/adult, $27/children 10 & under 9am Tours: Begin with trolley and followed by lunch at 11:30am 10:30am Tours: Begin with Sunday brunch and followed by trolley at 12pm 11am Tours: Begin with lunch and followed by trolley at 12pm Tours include transportation, tour guide, eagle presentation at the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center and lunch (or Sunday Brunch) in our dining room. See this American symbol in its natural habitat. Dress warmly and bring binoculars and cameras. Eagle sightings are not guaranteed in warmer weather. There is minimal walking and restrooms are available throughout the…Read more

10:30 am - 2:00 pm

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Our Breakfast Buffet is served on Sundays (and select holidays) from 8-9:30am. Breakfast price: $8.95/person. Our delicious Sunday Brunch Buffet is served every Sunday* from 10:30am to 3pm (summer hours) in The Main Dining Room of Starved Rock Lodge (2pm in the winter). Brunch seatings are at 10:30am, 11am, noon, 12:30pm, 1:30pm and 2pm. Walk-ins are welcome, but seating is limited, so we strongly encourage reservations. To contact the Hostess, please call (815) 220-7321. Brunch Prices Adults: $15.95 Children 10 and under: half price Children 3 and under: free *Holiday Buffets are served on Easter, Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. Holiday buffet pricing varies from Sunday Brunch pricing. Sunday Brunch Menu

11:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Photo Contest and Show Date: February 26th Time: 11am-3pm Cost: Free Admission Location: Great Hall in the Starved Rock Lodge What better place to show your photos than in Illinois’ best photographic playground. If you are interested in having a booth space at the show, please call 815-220-7386 to register. Download flyer here 

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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December-March Saturday & Sunday $12/person Join us for a guided hike with the possibility of frozen waterfalls & Eagles. Participants meet in the hotel lobby of the Lodge to pick up a snack and a “Starved Rock” backpack. The tour concludes at the Lodge about 2:00 pm. Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear proper footwear. In the event of ice and snow, we advise Yaktrax for extra traction. Hike will be about 4.5 miles round trip. Remember to bring your binoculars and cameras. Included is: homemade granola bar, bottled water, “Starved Rock” backpack and voucher for small hot chocolate or coffee in our café upon your return. Advanced reservations are required as space is limited. For more information and…Read more