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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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Sunday, December 4th, 2016

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 - 2:00 pm

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December-March Saturday & Sunday $12/person Join us for a guided hike with the possibility of seeing frozen waterfalls and Bald Eagles in flight! We hike from Starved Rock Lodge to LaSalle Canyon. Participants meet in the hotel lobby of the Lodge to pick up a snack and a Starved Rock backpack. After leaving LaSalle Canyon, the hike continues to Eagle Cliff and Lover’s Leap for the best view of the majestic Eagles. The tour concludes at the Lodge at 2pm. Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear proper footwear. In the event of ice and snow, we advise Yaktrax for extra traction. The round-trip distance of this hike is about 4.5 miles. Remember to bring your binoculars and cameras.…Read more

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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PANO TROLLEY TOURS SPRING
Trolley Schedule » March: Saturday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm April-May: Saturday: 3-4:30pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm June-September: Monday: 1:30-3pm, 3-4:30pm Tuesday-Saturday: 3-4:30pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm 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. December: Sunday December 4 @ 12pm Sunday December 11 @ 12pm…Read more

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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PANO TROLLEY TOURS SPRING
Trolley Schedule » March: Saturday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm April-May: Saturday: 3-4:30pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm June-September: Monday: 1:30-3pm, 3-4:30pm Tuesday-Saturday: 3-4:30pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm 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. *Late arrivals will not be refunded. Saturday December 3 @ 12pm…Read more

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

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PANO TROLLEY TOURS SPRING
Trolley Schedule » March: Saturday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm April-May: Saturday: 3-4:30pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm June-September: Monday: 1:30-3pm, 3-4:30pm Tuesday-Saturday: 3-4:30pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm 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. December: Sunday December 4 @ 1:30pm Sunday December 11 @ 1:30pm…Read more

Monday, December 5th, 2016

11:30 am - 2:45 pm

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Tinsel & Twang – A Very Country Christmas Make it a country Christmas this year and enjoy spirited renditions of cherished holiday classics with just the right touch of Nashville and Branson twang. Sing along or just sit back and listen to hot picking and heartfelt singing from Christmas standards and seasonal music with a country flair. If you see just one holiday show this year, make it Tinsel & Twang. When booking your overnight package, you must call (815) 220-7386 to request your show date and time. Matinee Performances: December 5, 6 & 7: 11:30am matinee performance Prices: Matinee Performances: $34 – includes lunch buffet & show Overnight Stay with Matinee Performance: $148 – includes lunch buffet, show & overnight stay for 2…Read more

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

11:30 am - 2:45 pm

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Tinsel & Twang – A Very Country Christmas Make it a country Christmas this year and enjoy spirited renditions of cherished holiday classics with just the right touch of Nashville and Branson twang. Sing along or just sit back and listen to hot picking and heartfelt singing from Christmas standards and seasonal music with a country flair. If you see just one holiday show this year, make it Tinsel & Twang. When booking your overnight package, you must call (815) 220-7386 to request your show date and time. Matinee Performances: December 5, 6 & 7: 11:30am matinee performance Prices: Matinee Performances: $34 – includes lunch buffet & show Overnight Stay with Matinee Performance: $148 – includes lunch buffet, show & overnight stay for 2…Read more

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

11:30 am - 2:45 pm

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Tinsel & Twang – A Very Country Christmas Make it a country Christmas this year and enjoy spirited renditions of cherished holiday classics with just the right touch of Nashville and Branson twang. Sing along or just sit back and listen to hot picking and heartfelt singing from Christmas standards and seasonal music with a country flair. If you see just one holiday show this year, make it Tinsel & Twang. When booking your overnight package, you must call (815) 220-7386 to request your show date and time. Matinee Performances: December 5, 6 & 7: 11:30am matinee performance Prices: Matinee Performances: $34 – includes lunch buffet & show Overnight Stay with Matinee Performance: $148 – includes lunch buffet, show & overnight stay for 2…Read more

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

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

Friday, December 9th, 2016

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. December 2: Double Dave Trio (Rock, Blues, Jazz) December 9: Jeff Manfredini (Folk, Rock, Acoustic) December 16: Champaign Freight (Country, Rock, Pop) December 23: Sean Walsh December 30: Andrew Blomquist