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Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center

Utica , IL

LOCATION

Route 71 & Route 178
Utica, IL 61373 US (map)

PHONE

815-220-7332

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Discover the rustic elegance of this historic and spectacular setting for your special day! Unsurpassed by beauty, service and cuisine your wedding will take place in the timeless... Read more
Discover the rustic elegance of this historic and spectacular setting for your special day! Unsurpassed by beauty, service and cuisine your wedding will take place in the timeless splendor of the 1930’s built lodge located in Starved Rock State Park. Ceremony (if applicable) and dinner take center stage in our one of a kind Great Hall with its magnificent stone fireplace and massive log timbers. Later on, let the private Starved Rock Room be transformed into a reception and bar area when dancing takes place.

Relax and enjoy! Let our trained and professional staff take care of the details such as setup, clean up, tables, chairs (outside chair rental not included), linens, china, tableware, stemware, white privacy draping, dance floor and bar set up. For your comfort we can accommodate up to 225 guests.

Allow our chef’s to dazzle you with their culinary talents. Choose from our package menu which include four hours of open bar, hors d’ oeuvres and entrée at a per person charge or customize your menu from our ala carte selections. Service with a smile! Our professional banquet team will pamper your guests with your choice of served or buffet style meals.

Want an outdoor ceremony in a picture perfect setting followed by an elegant intimate dinner - we have that also! The Courtyard was created for our wedding couples that want to be surrounded by the beauty of nature on their special day. Nestled along Fox Canyon, this outdoor ceremony site can accommodate up to thirty of your closest family and friends. Leading you and your guests to the ceremony site is a winding paved walkway and several natural stone benches. Once you enter the Courtyard, flagstone steps lead to an elevated stone terrace with antique lighting. If your ceremony is planned for the Courtyard and the problem of inclement weather arises, your ceremony will take place in the charming and rustic Canyonside Cabin. In the Cabin your ‘I Do’s’ will take place in front of a cozy log and stone fireplace. Also, in Canyonside Cabin is a dressing room for the bride complete with full-length mirror and vanity plus a guest restroom. Both Canyonside Cabin and the Courtyard are handicapped accessible.

Rent one of our trolleys for transportation to and from area hotels. Our trolleys are able to accommodate up to 30 people, and will make your special day truly unique. Contact our Activities Director, Edna Daugherty at (815) 220-7386 for pricing and availability.

Discover the difference in Starved Rock Lodge! Please call 815-220-7332, if you have any questions or would like to book you event.

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
1
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
6
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Historic, Hotel
Describe the style of your venue
Rustic, Vintage
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
200
What event services do you offer?
Accommodations, Cake, Catering / Bar, Event Planning, Event Rentals, Lighting / Sound, Outside Vendors OK
What catering services do you offer?
Outside Cake OK
What event items are available?
Chairs
What food and beverage items are available?
Linens
What transportation and access is available?
Shuttle

REVIEWS

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Hilary
Wedding:
7/22/2017
5.0/5.0
First off, let me be clear - I am NOT the bride. I was a bridesmaid! However, this is my 6th wedding as party of a bridal party, so I have LOTS to compare this one to!

Starved Rock's Lodge is a gorgeous space, with a homey, rustic feel - it is perfect for those in love with the outdoors, but can also be decorated to appeal to those with a more traditional taste. In short, the space is flexible & functional.

Throughout the day, the staff was incredible helpful, available, and ready to roll with anything that came up or that we unexpectedly needed. NO ONE, not a SINGLE person, rolled an eye or made us feel like we were putting them out. THAT, in and of itself, is KEY to this review. This was the FIRST time I have been part of a wedding in which I did not experience even one person acting rude or inconvenienced by a paying couple's requests or contracted rights. No joke, everyone was kind. EVERYONE. That just does NOT happen. It made the day that much more beautiful, easy-going, and enjoyable.

On to food & drink - I always say that "As long as the food isn't terrible, people won't care to complain. It just has to be acceptable - especially if the bar is open." Well, Starved Rock delivered again. The bartender & bartendress were friendly & warm, had no problem pouring doubles or giving you more than one drink at dinner call or last call, and were even willing to go grab the groom's favorite liquor from the main bar. For dinner, I had the Chicken Tuscany, and I was expecting average at best, but no - there was flavor! The meat was tender! The green beans were crisp! Twice-baked potato? Gorgeously piped AND yummy! The only downside? I ate EVERYTHING, so there wasn't as much room as I would like for booze. (Don't fret, I managed).

I cannot say enough about this venue, especially the staff. You will not regret your decision to celebrate your marriage, or any event for that matter, at Starved Rock.
First off, let me be clear - I am NOT the bride. I was a bridesmaid! However, this is my 6th wedding as party of a bridal Read more...
First off, let me be clear - I am NOT the bride. I was a bridesmaid! However, this is my 6th wedding as party of a bridal party, so I have LOTS to compare this one to!

Starved Rock's Lodge is a gorgeous space, with a homey, rustic feel - it is perfect for those in love with the outdoors, but can also be decorated to appeal to those with a more traditional taste. In short, the space is flexible & functional.

Throughout the day, the staff was incredible helpful, available, and ready to roll with anything that came up or that we unexpectedly needed. NO ONE, not a SINGLE person, rolled an eye or made us feel like we were putting them out. THAT, in and of itself, is KEY to this review. This was the FIRST time I have been part of a wedding in which I did not experience even one person acting rude or inconvenienced by a paying couple's requests or contracted rights. No joke, everyone was kind. EVERYONE. That just does NOT happen. It made the day that much more beautiful, easy-going, and enjoyable.

On to food & drink - I always say that "As long as the food isn't terrible, people won't care to complain. It just has to be acceptable - especially if the bar is open." Well, Starved Rock delivered again. The bartender & bartendress were friendly & warm, had no problem pouring doubles or giving you more than one drink at dinner call or last call, and were even willing to go grab the groom's favorite liquor from the main bar. For dinner, I had the Chicken Tuscany, and I was expecting average at best, but no - there was flavor! The meat was tender! The green beans were crisp! Twice-baked potato? Gorgeously piped AND yummy! The only downside? I ate EVERYTHING, so there wasn't as much room as I would like for booze. (Don't fret, I managed).

I cannot say enough about this venue, especially the staff. You will not regret your decision to celebrate your marriage, or any event for that matter, at Starved Rock. Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
8/6/2016
5.0/5.0
First, and foremost I would like to say that Starved Rock and Tiffany completely went above and beyond our expectations! She was an absolute treat to work with, and she ensured that everything went as smoothly as humanly possible during our amazing wedding day. She even allowed my husband to have his fantasy football draft the day before our wedding!
Everything was just perfect, we received countless compliments on the food (which we both agreed was absolutely amazing!). The service and bar tenders were personable, kind, and overall fantastic.
Let's talk about the cake for a moment. We used Mo, who is the in house pastry chef. We were blown away with the end result which was way better than we could even imagine. THANK YOU!
Every aspect of the wedding seemed to flow seamlessly throughout the entirety of the day. With the fantastic ambiance, perfect scenery, and outdoor ceremony, we simply could not have asked for a better result.
First, and foremost I would like to say that Starved Rock and Tiffany completely went above and beyond our expectations! Read more...
First, and foremost I would like to say that Starved Rock and Tiffany completely went above and beyond our expectations! She was an absolute treat to work with, and she ensured that everything went as smoothly as humanly possible during our amazing wedding day. She even allowed my husband to have his fantasy football draft the day before our wedding!
Everything was just perfect, we received countless compliments on the food (which we both agreed was absolutely amazing!). The service and bar tenders were personable, kind, and overall fantastic.
Let's talk about the cake for a moment. We used Mo, who is the in house pastry chef. We were blown away with the end result which was way better than we could even imagine. THANK YOU!
Every aspect of the wedding seemed to flow seamlessly throughout the entirety of the day. With the fantastic ambiance, perfect scenery, and outdoor ceremony, we simply could not have asked for a better result. Read less
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Jordan
Wedding:
5/22/2016
5.0/5.0
My now husband and I got married here on May 22nd. All I can say is wow! We worked closely with Jenny who from the very start was so quick to respond to even the tiniest question. Very friendly staff (props to the bartenders that night who were so great!) We even had a server that made sure to come by the head table during dinner to get us all a drink even though the bar was closed at that time. Being from a suburb of Chicago, the price of everything was super reasonable, and you cannot put a value on the scenery that is inside and outside the lodge! Highly recommend!
My now husband and I got married here on May 22nd. All I can say is wow! We worked closely with Jenny who from the very Read more...
My now husband and I got married here on May 22nd. All I can say is wow! We worked closely with Jenny who from the very start was so quick to respond to even the tiniest question. Very friendly staff (props to the bartenders that night who were so great!) We even had a server that made sure to come by the head table during dinner to get us all a drink even though the bar was closed at that time. Being from a suburb of Chicago, the price of everything was super reasonable, and you cannot put a value on the scenery that is inside and outside the lodge! Highly recommend! Read less
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Janine
Wedding:
2/27/2016
5.0/5.0
My advice would be to visit the expo, it was a lot of fun and very informational. I used their preferred vendor list too. this being said it made everything so much easier. The sales office staff was so helpful and patient with all my questions, that on the day of the wedding i had no worries knowing that they were doing an amazing job.
My advice would be to visit the expo, it was a lot of fun and very informational. I used their preferred vendor list too. Read more...
My advice would be to visit the expo, it was a lot of fun and very informational. I used their preferred vendor list too. this being said it made everything so much easier. The sales office staff was so helpful and patient with all my questions, that on the day of the wedding i had no worries knowing that they were doing an amazing job. Read less
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Tiffany
Wedding:
10/4/2015
5.0/5.0
We were running behind and so much was going on but Tiffany Sigala kept me sane and positive when booking Starved Rock Lodge ask for Tiffany Sigala she's the best!
We were running behind and so much was going on but Tiffany Sigala kept me sane and positive when booking Starved Rock Read more...
We were running behind and so much was going on but Tiffany Sigala kept me sane and positive when booking Starved Rock Lodge ask for Tiffany Sigala she's the best! Read less
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Lisa
Wedding:
9/13/2015
5.0/5.0
Our daughters wedding at Starved Rock was absolutely beautiful! We had perfect weather. The staff is very attentive and extremely friendly. We had a wonderful experience! I would recommend Starved Rock to anyone wanting a lodge setting, outdoor venue.
Our daughters wedding at Starved Rock was absolutely beautiful! We had perfect weather. The staff is very attentive and Read more...
Our daughters wedding at Starved Rock was absolutely beautiful! We had perfect weather. The staff is very attentive and extremely friendly. We had a wonderful experience! I would recommend Starved Rock to anyone wanting a lodge setting, outdoor venue. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
I'm not sure they appreciated all the questions I had along the way, but everything went as perfectly as I could have imagined. I was also surprised to find that on the day of, I had a whole staff catering to our needs to make sure everything ran smoothly. They took care of all the behind the scenes stuff that I didn't even think of. I'm not sure every wedding goes that well. I also really appreciated the clean up policy at the end of the night. Such a relief.
I'm not sure they appreciated all the questions I had along the way, but everything went as perfectly as I could have Read more...
I'm not sure they appreciated all the questions I had along the way, but everything went as perfectly as I could have imagined. I was also surprised to find that on the day of, I had a whole staff catering to our needs to make sure everything ran smoothly. They took care of all the behind the scenes stuff that I didn't even think of. I'm not sure every wedding goes that well. I also really appreciated the clean up policy at the end of the night. Such a relief. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Words cannot explain how wonderful my wedding was at Starved Rock. The park is beautiful and the facilities have a lovely rustic feel to them. Our wedding coordinator was amazing along with all the other staff we came in contact with! The outdoor and indoor wedding venue areas are fantastic! The dinner was delicious and the portions were very generous which we loved! Everything about Starved Rock was magnificent and our wedding there was beyond perfect!
Words cannot explain how wonderful my wedding was at Starved Rock. The park is beautiful and the facilities have a lovely Read more...
Words cannot explain how wonderful my wedding was at Starved Rock. The park is beautiful and the facilities have a lovely rustic feel to them. Our wedding coordinator was amazing along with all the other staff we came in contact with! The outdoor and indoor wedding venue areas are fantastic! The dinner was delicious and the portions were very generous which we loved! Everything about Starved Rock was magnificent and our wedding there was beyond perfect! Read less
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Melissa
Wedding:
5/23/2015
5.0/5.0
Starved rock was where i dreamed of getting married! My husband and I went on our first date there and our first vacation. We shared many memories together there even before we got engaged, so it was our first choice to get married there. I honestly didn't think we could afford such a beautiful place to have our wedding, but we crossed our fingers and it was actually quite reasonably priced. We got married may 23rd 2015 and it was a perfect day. The weather was perfect and the staff were beyond helpful and were willing to accommodate my every need. I litterly couldn't have dreamed of a better experience!
Starved rock was where i dreamed of getting married! My husband and I went on our first date there and our first vacation. Read more...
Starved rock was where i dreamed of getting married! My husband and I went on our first date there and our first vacation. We shared many memories together there even before we got engaged, so it was our first choice to get married there. I honestly didn't think we could afford such a beautiful place to have our wedding, but we crossed our fingers and it was actually quite reasonably priced. We got married may 23rd 2015 and it was a perfect day. The weather was perfect and the staff were beyond helpful and were willing to accommodate my every need. I litterly couldn't have dreamed of a better experience! Read less
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Cynthia
Wedding:
5/2/2015
5.0/5.0
We had our reception here at Starved Rock Lodge. It is definitely a unique and special venue, and is a place that means a lot to us. My wedding coordinator was Margie, and she was amazing and so very accommodating with anything that needed to be done. Same with the rest of the staff. Not only was the service great, but the food was excellent quality, and the setting in itself was breathtaking. We wanted to pick a place that meant a lot to us - not just any random place, but with sentimental meaning. The first time we went to Starved Rock Lodge was in 2008; we were amazed by the food and the beautiful nature that surrounded us. The third time was in 2010. At that time, I remember Len saying, "What if we got married here?!" I replied saying, "It would absolutely be beautiful, but it's probably too expensive." I am so grateful that I looked into it because the prices were very reasonable, and we were able to make it happen.

Do inquire more than one year in advance as weekends book up really fast if you want a wedding here. From price, to food, to natural beauty, and a staff that will bend over backwards for your needs, I could not imagine any other place that could have been more perfect for our wedding reception. THANK YOU to the Starved Rock Lodge Staff from the bottom of our hearts!
We had our reception here at Starved Rock Lodge. It is definitely a unique and special venue, and is a place that means a Read more...
We had our reception here at Starved Rock Lodge. It is definitely a unique and special venue, and is a place that means a lot to us. My wedding coordinator was Margie, and she was amazing and so very accommodating with anything that needed to be done. Same with the rest of the staff. Not only was the service great, but the food was excellent quality, and the setting in itself was breathtaking. We wanted to pick a place that meant a lot to us - not just any random place, but with sentimental meaning. The first time we went to Starved Rock Lodge was in 2008; we were amazed by the food and the beautiful nature that surrounded us. The third time was in 2010. At that time, I remember Len saying, "What if we got married here?!" I replied saying, "It would absolutely be beautiful, but it's probably too expensive." I am so grateful that I looked into it because the prices were very reasonable, and we were able to make it happen.

Do inquire more than one year in advance as weekends book up really fast if you want a wedding here. From price, to food, to natural beauty, and a staff that will bend over backwards for your needs, I could not imagine any other place that could have been more perfect for our wedding reception. THANK YOU to the Starved Rock Lodge Staff from the bottom of our hearts! Read less
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