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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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Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Tuesdays Main Dining Room 5pm-8pm If you’re looking for a relaxing place to enjoy a good meal and a night out, join us on Tuesday nights for our Toast to Tuesday Dinner Special this winter. We’ve created a special menu just for you! Choose an appetizer, an entree and a dessert from our 3-course menu. Enjoy a specially paired beer or wine flight with your meal. Make Tuesday be your next date night at Starved Rock Lodge! $22/person. Reservations are recommended: (815) 220-7321. Click here to see the menu

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

11:00 am - 2:30 pm

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Trolley Schedule » 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…Read more

4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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Give Back Nights are a new event held in Starved Rock Lodge’s Main Dining Room each Wednesday through April. Local non-profit groups have designated nights in which they receive a portion of the proceeds when guests come out to enjoy a delicious dinner buffet. The fundraiser runs from 4:30-7:30pm and guests can enjoy salads, Starved Rock Lodge’s Signature Fried Chicken, side dishes, desserts and more while supporting local organizations. Adults are $14.95 and children 10 and under are $7.50. Reservations are highly recommended. To make a reservation, please call (815) 220-7321. Click here to see the full schedule of local non-profits

Thursday, January 24th, 2019

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Thursdays, 9am Free – Open to the Public Would you like someone to hike with you? Don’t know where to hike? Come one, come all! Meet us on Thursdays at 9am in the Lodge lobby for pre-planned group hikes. These hikes take a few hours and usually end around noon. The best part is the hiking schedule changes each week and repeats itself each quarter so you get to see each part of the park in every season of the year! Some hikes head to Matthiessen or Buffalo Rock State Parks. Hike 12 times and earn a free lunch in the Main Dining Room! No pre-registration is required. Please wear appropriate clothing, shoes and bring a water bottle! Ask for a full schedule…Read more

Friday, January 25th, 2019

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. Music moves inside to the Back Door Lounge (Fridays 8-11pm): January 18: Steve Cerqua Blues January 25: Jeff Manfredini Blues, Folk, Pop February 1: Steve Cerqua Blues February 8: David’s Bazaar Acoustic February 15: Steve Sharp Local Favorite Singer & Songwriter February 22: John…Read more

Saturday, January 26th, 2019

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Birds of Prey shows and family activities at the Starved Rock Visitor Center, Starved Rock Lodge and Illinois Waterway Visitor Center. Take a short hike to the top of Starved Rock for live eagle viewing or join the park naturalist for a guided eagle viewing tour. Call for more information. 9am-4pm each day. For a full schedule of events, please visit https://illinoisaudubon.org/

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: 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 to…Read more

Sunday, January 27th, 2019

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Birds of Prey shows and family activities at the Starved Rock Visitor Center, Starved Rock Lodge and Illinois Waterway Visitor Center. Take a short hike to the top of Starved Rock for live eagle viewing or join the park naturalist for a guided eagle viewing tour. Call for more information. 9am-4pm each day. For a full schedule of events, please visit https://illinoisaudubon.org/

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: $9.95/person. Our delicious Sunday Brunch Buffet is served every Sunday* from 10:30am to 3pm (January through March from 10:30am – 2pm) in The Main Dining Room of Starved Rock Lodge. Brunch seatings are at 10:30am, 11am, noon, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2pm & 3pm. 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: $16.95 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. Click here to see our Sunday Brunch…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: 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 to…Read more