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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, November 13th, 2018

11:30 am - 2:45 pm

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November 12, 13 & 14 Matinee Shows 11:30am Check-in Begins Featuring favorites such as “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “In the Mood,” and “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree,” our costumed and piano-accompanied trio reenact a 1940’s radio hour that is perfect for all ages! While answering musical requests from soldiers and loved ones during wartime, the group will entertain the “studio audience” with Andrew Sisters-style tunes and choreography, Abbott and Costello comedy sketches and a touching tribute to Veterans of the United States Armed Forces. Matinee Performances: $34 – includes lunch buffet & show Overnight Stay with Matinee Performance: $158 – includes lunch buffet, show & overnight stay for 2 Book tickets by calling (815) 220-7386 or by clicking the…Read more

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

11:30 am - 2:45 pm

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November 12, 13 & 14 Matinee Shows 11:30am Check-in Begins Featuring favorites such as “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “In the Mood,” and “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree,” our costumed and piano-accompanied trio reenact a 1940’s radio hour that is perfect for all ages! While answering musical requests from soldiers and loved ones during wartime, the group will entertain the “studio audience” with Andrew Sisters-style tunes and choreography, Abbott and Costello comedy sketches and a touching tribute to Veterans of the United States Armed Forces. Matinee Performances: $34 – includes lunch buffet & show Overnight Stay with Matinee Performance: $158 – includes lunch buffet, show & overnight stay for 2 Book tickets by calling (815) 220-7386 or by clicking the…Read more

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

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The First Course Tour Wednesdays at 4:30pm $20/person Ever wonder how Starved Rock got its name or who built the Lodge? You can learn the answers to these questions and many more while strolling around the Lodge with our knowledgeable guide. Your tour begins in the Back Door Lounge with check-in and a beverage of your choice (specially prepared drink menu). Your tour guide will meet you and walk you through the historic Lodge as you enjoy your beverage and a scenic historic tour. Conclude the tour in the Back Door Lounge with your own appetizer sampler plate. This tour is offered on Wednesdays at 4:30pm in November and December. Click the links below to sign up or call (815) 220-7386.…Read more

5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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Join us for the third series of our Flight Night Progressive Dinner! August Hill Winery, The Lone Buffalo and Starved Rock Lodge have once again teamed up to create an unforgettable event filled with wine, beer and food tastings. Our Flight Night progressive dinner is available the second Wednesday of each month, from November through April. Meet at Starved Rock Lodge at 5pm, where the Starved Rock Trolley will take you down the road to August Hill for wine tastings and appetizers. Next, the trolley will head to Ottawa for entrees at the Lone Buffalo with craft beer tastings and a tour of the brewery. Lastly, the trolley will take you back to Starved Rock Lodge for dessert and after dinner drinks in the…Read more

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

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, November 16th, 2018

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): Friday, November 16: Peoria’s Piano Man (Chris Tarpley) Billy Joel / Elton John Friday, November 23: Carley Baudino Singer & Songwriter Saturday, November 24: Kevin Kramer Local Favorite Friday, November 30: Aleks and…Read more

Saturday, November 17th, 2018

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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April – November Saturdays & Sundays 11am-2:30pm $18/person Group departs from the hotel lobby of the Lodge with a knowledgeable guide to see canyons and bluffs made from St. Peter’s Sandstone. If you’re part of a guided hike in the spring or early summer, there is a good possibility you will be able to see seasonal waterfalls. The guide describes to the group how Starved Rock got its name along with other tales and truths. The hike is considered strenuous as there are many stairs and uneven terrain. Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear. Hikes are about 4.5 miles round trip. Lunch includes: your choice of turkey, ham or veggie wrap, bag of chips, homemade granola bar,…Read more

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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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-October: Monday-Friday: 3-4:30pm Saturday & 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 November Tours Saturday November 17  @ 12pm Saturday November 24 @ 12pm December Tours Saturday…Read more

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

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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-October: Monday-Friday: 3-4:30pm Saturday & 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. November Tours Saturday November 17 @ 1:30pm Saturday November 24 @ 1:30pm December Tours Saturday December…Read more

Sunday, November 18th, 2018

10:30 am - 3:00 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 (10:30am – 2pm Nov-March) 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: $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. Click here to see our Sunday Brunch menu