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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Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

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PATSY CLINE
Mary Pfeifer has a voice that will take you back to the days of Patsy Cline. From Patsy’s first recordings in 1955 to her last in 1963, she covers her famous hits such as Crazy and Walking After Midnight. Coming to Starved Rock Lodge from her recent role as Patsy Cline in the highly successful Engle Lane Theater production of “Always Patsy Cline”, the talented Mary Pfeifer will perform Cline’s beautiful ballads and hits from the ‘50s and ‘60s, like Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams, and Walking After Midnight. Don’t miss this tribute to country music’s most beloved singer! 2014 Dates: June 1 (Evening) June 30 (Matinee) July 21-22 (Matinees) September 22(Matinee) Evening Performance: 5:00pm – $37.00 – includes wine tasting, dinner…Read more
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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

11:00 am - 3:00 pm

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MUSIC OF THE RIVER CRUISE
C’mon aboard our Music of the River Cruise and Tour! Offered every Tuesday from June through September.  Meet us in Starved Rock Lodge’s Great Hall for check in and to receive your boxed lunch.  Then, board our trolley and travel a short distance to the Belle of the Rock, an authentic paddle wheel boat.  Aboard the boat you will hear and enjoy the history of many river songs, such as Proud Mary, Gentle on My Mind, Alabama’s Tennessee River and Credence Clearwater Revival’s Green River.  After the 1-½ hour lunch cruise you will re-board the trolley for a historic tour with stops at the State Park Visitor Center and the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center. Ticket price: $42.00 per person. Reservations are required. Please call…Read more

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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FALCONER RICH ESCUTIA 2013
Unexpected fun on the Veranda! Join us from Noon-2:00 p.m., when Certified Falconer, Rich Escutia, opens our eyes to the art and science of falconry.  Rich will be bringing along his hawks to help inform us and demonstrate how these magnificent birds survive. This is a great opportunity to get a little closer to a bird of prey and admire its beauty and skill.  Falconry on the Fly will be present on: July 21 & 22 and July 28 & 29. Donations are welcome!  For information call 815-220-7386.

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

11:00 am - 2:30 pm

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cruise
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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waterlilies
  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 24th, 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