Starved Rock Lodge Named One of Illinois’ 200 “Great Places”

May 4, 2018

Selected by Statewide Architect Association for the 2018 Illinois Bicentennial

(OGLESBY, IL)-The Illinois Council of The American Institute of Architects (AIA Illinois) has selected Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center as one of Illinois’ 200 Great Places, in honor of the state’s Bicentennial in 2018. The announcement was made as part of National Architecture Week, which showcases the innovative and talented architects who’ve made positive contributions to society and coincides with the birthday week of the nation’s first president-architect, Thomas Jefferson, on April 12.

Nominations came from architects from all parts of the state and were selected by AIA regional chapters. Nominations were weighed against criteria including the AIA’s “10 Principles of Livable Communities.” They must be publicly accessible, pedestrian-friendly, designed on a human scale, and provide vibrant, public spaces, among other requirements. “Separately and in total, our 200 Great Places are more than just examples of good or even great design – they are a testament to humanity’s need to shape their environment in a way that is often both pleasing and thought-provoking,” said Kim Kurtenbach, AIA, architect with BLDD Architects and 2018 AIA Illinois Board President. All of the 200 Great Places are featured in a new website at and on a new Instagram account @ilgreatplaces. “We are honored to be awarded this distinction,” said Lodge CEO/Concessionaire Amy Trimble, “It’s an ongoing process to maintain the historical integrity of the Lodge by repainting, adding new windows and keeping our interior spaces updated to give our guests the best experience possible.”

AIA Illinois’ Illinois Great Places recognition program was created in 2007 to commemorate AIA’s 150th anniversary and was designed to broadly include the “built environment,” which includes civil, landscape and engineering places, as well as architecture.