Starved Rock News & Writings

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Aileeah Colgan wins Country Showdown

June 24, 2015
Aileeah Colgan Wins

Perfect weather and a perfect performance by vocalist Aileeah Colgan of Peoria earned her a win in the state finals of the Country Showdown held last night on the Veranda of Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center. Colgan, who won the local competition (sponsored by WALS 102 of Peru) earlier this summer, returned to the stage and performed two original songs. In her first song, ” I Should Have Known Better,” Colgan was backed up Read More

A New Look for Starved Rock Lodge

June 9, 2015

Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center near Utica recently unveiled a new website and a new logo. “The need for a responsive website was urgent. More people are looking at our website on mobile phones and tablets so we needed an easy-to-navigate site that looked good on all platforms,” said Lodge CEO/President, Amy Trimble. The Lodge chose Web 312 of Chicago to take on the task of redesigning and reformatting the new look for both Read More

Sal Guerrero, Jr. Named Executive Chef

March 11, 2015

Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center recently promoted Salvador Guerrero, Jr. to Executive Chef. “Chef Sal” will oversee food preparation for the Lodge’s Main Dining Room, The Back Door Lounge and outdoor Veranda as well as for over hundreds of weddings, banquets and special events at the historic Lodge. Salvador Guerrero, Jr. was born and raised on the south side of Ottawa, Illinois (just minutes from Starved Rock) so he knows the area very well. He Read More

Photo Show Winners Announced

February 26, 2015

Winners have been announced in Starved Rock’s Annual Photography Contest. In the Adult Category, judges chose 13-old Ben Just’s amazing photo of an eagle in flight (pictured left) as Best of Show and 1st Place. This was the first year that the young photographer entered in the adult level of competition. Second place  was awarded to William Eklund (Davis, IL). Davis submitted a photo of one of the many picturesque bridges at Starved Rock State Read More

Starved Rock Lodge Honored with Two Wedding Awards

February 12, 2015

Starved Rock Lodge was recently chosen by real couples as a top wedding professional in The Knot Best of Weddings 2015!  In addition, WeddingWire, the nation’s leading online wedding marketplace, named Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2015 in the category of Ceremony Sites in Utica! Starved Rock Lodge hosted more than 140 weddings in 2014. Some couples chose the Great Hall for an indoor wedding. Other couples chose Read More

Popping the Question this Valentine’s Day?

February 9, 2015
Engagement Picture-edit

Put a Ring on It! When you think of February, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Valentine’s Day, right? The day of love is fast approaching and you know that means that there will be plenty of proposals to go around. I absolutely love Valentine’s Day, and if your future fiancé does too, here are some do’s and don’ts to keep in mind when you get ready to pop the question. Valentine’s Read More

Ice Falls of Starved Rock

January 29, 2015

Ice falls at Starved Rock are one of the most beautiful, natural works of art that happen every year! First…many of us might wonder how the ice falls are formed.  Here is some information that I found online about this very subject. First, there must be an anchor for the ice fall.  The process begins when the temperature is below freezing and there is a water source available so that the ice can adhere to Read More

Can you #spottheeagle ?

December 22, 2014

The eagles have been migrating down all month – due to the earlier than cold temperatures up north.  Soon, as the temperatures get a little colder here in Illinois, and the ice freezes on the river, the eagles will flock to the dam for feeding.  This is a spectacular annual event here at Starved Rock.  Bird watchers, photographers and just plain Eagle loving folk come to Starved Rock every year for the special occurrence.   The Read More

Starved Rock Voted Best Lodge for a Meeting in the Midwest

February 12, 2014

Starved Rock Lodge (located in Starved Rock State Park) was voted the best Lodge in the Midwest for a meeting. The social media-based contest began on Facebook a few weeks ago and was created by Midwest “We decided to launch the contest because we know there are some great cities and facilities throughout the Midwest and we wanted a way to recognize them,” said Christianne Beringer, Communications Coordinator for Midwest Meetings, “We didn’t want Read More

Why have a meeting at Starved Rock?

November 20, 2013

To keep your corporate group from being BORED in board room, why not have an off-site meeting at the Lodge? Unique meetings are one of the things that sets Starved Rock apart from a conventional board room. In addition to that, our teambuilding activities rock! Imagine having a master falconer speak to your team. Maybe a guided hike to a beautiful canyon would refresh and rejuvenate your team. There’s nothing like fresh air to cleanse Read More