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Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center

Oglesby, IL View map Visit website
Rating 4.9 out of 5
76 reviews
$8k - $10k For 100 Guests
Up to 200 guests

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$8k - $10k For 100 Guests
Up to 200 guests

Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center is a vintage hotel wedding venue located in Utica, Illinois. Built in the 1930s, this lodge in Starved Rock State Park has elegant charm that adds to the timeless splendor of your wedding day. This rustic wedding venue is sure to make your wedding dreams come true.

Facilities and Capacity
Couples may host up to 200 wedding guests at Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center. There are six available event spaces for couples to choose from and utilize when customizing their wedding day. For those that wish to have their wedding indoors, the Great Hall features a magnificent stone fireplace that can be turned into a reception and bar area. For couples that want an outdoor ceremony, The Courtyard was created with you in mind. Surrounded by the beauty of the outdoors, winding paved walkways and several stone benches, the stone terrace with antique lighting provides a romantic ambiance. This outdoor area can also be transformed from your ceremony to your reception area for an intimate dinner.

Services Offered
One of the unique aspects of Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center is the trolley service they provide from area hotels to your wedding venue. In addition, Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center can provide the following event services:

  • Accommodations
  • Event rentals
  • Event planning
  • Cake
  • Lighting/sound

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

China
Clean Up
Event Planning
Flatware
Glassware
Linens
Parking
Set Up
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Server(s)

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

200

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

6

Describe your venue:

Banquet Hall
Historic Building
Hotel

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Uncovered Outdoor
Scenic Views

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Accommodations
Bar Services
Cake
Catering Services
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Lighting / Sound
Outside Vendors
Pet Friendly
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor

What event items are available?

Chairs
Dance Floor
Drapery
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Shuttle
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

May
June
July
August
September
October

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
December

76 Reviews

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    Allison M. Married on 10/02/2021
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    The Dream Venue

    Starved Rock Lodge was the absolute dream wedding venue for us. Not only is it gorgeous, but it has everything you need in a venue—included catering, a rain-day option, PLENTY of reception space, lodging, and more. We worked with Hannah for about two years and she was so amazing. I must say I emailed her A LOT with questions and she always had a quick response and expert advice. We felt so taken care of the entire process and everything was just so easy with Starved Rock. It was a huge bonus for us that they set up/took down the tables, chairs, ceremony area, and flatware for us as well. Not to mention us and our guests RAVED about how good the food was! Our wedding was the most magical day and Starved Rock provided the absolute perfect backdrop for it.
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    Lauren B. Married on 09/12/2021
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    A Wonderful Experience

    Working with Starved Rock for our wedding celebration was a wonderful experience in a time of uncertainty. We first booked our wedding with Starved Rock at a wedding expo they hosted in 2019. Back then we thought we’d be getting married in 2020, but as the pandemic would have it, we ended up pushing our larger celebration at Starved Rock out to September 2021. Everyone we worked with was incredibly flexible and responsive when working with us to confirm availability for our new date, and help make that transition go super smoothly. They even automatically rescheduled the hotel bookings for people in our block!

    The days leading up to the wedding, and the Big Day itself, were wonderfully handled –– Jenny and Hannah helped keep us on track and organized, fielding many questions from both myself and my mom along the way.

    All in all the venue was beautiful, and the food was so good! Staff were courteous and respectful – everything went so smoothly. We got so many compliments from our guests – many of which had never been to Starved Rock previously. We had a lovely time.

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    Lindsay C. Married on 09/01/2021
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    Most perfect wedding venue!

    A quote from my dad, “people ask me how the wedding was and I tell them exquisite. It was exquisite. I can’t stop thinking about it.” Starved Rock in the summer…there is nothing more beautiful. It was the best weekend of our lives and we could not have picked a better venue or a better person (Jenny) to work with. The ceremony space is breathtaking and we didn’t even add anything but chairs! The room for dinner was so romantic and gorgeous and even the dancing room, with the help of SueZ’s linens was so romantic and beautiful. It’s so reasonably priced. You can’t beat the views, food, or service!

Awards

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  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner
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  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2010 Winner

Deals

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Book your wedding during the months of January, February and March and receive special savings! Call us at 800-868-7625 for details.

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Professional Network & Endorsements

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Simple Elegance Events & Entertainment Simple Elegance Events & Entertainment Wedding Planners

Jill and the staff at Starved Rock are wonderful to work with. They are very accommodating and helpful. We couldn't ask for more positive experiences than when working with them. The venue is beautiful, the food is delicious, and the staff is great. We look forward to being a part of many more weddings at Starved Rock!

Map

2688 E 873rd Road, Oglesby, IL, 61348
8152207333

Monday-Friday 8am-5pm and weekends only via appointment
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