Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center

Utica, IL

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About this Vendor

Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center

Dreaming of an elegant wedding under a canopy of trees, then look no further! Starved Rock Lodge is the perfect setting for your wedding -- intimate to grand, we have it all! Under the direction of Starved Rock's Sales Team let us plan your ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner or shower.

Amenities + Details

  • Handicap Accessible

  • On-Site Accommodations

  • Indoor

  • Reception Area

  • Wireless Internet

For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.

Price Range

$$ – Affordable

Guest Capacity



Ballroom, Historic Venue, Hotel

Wedding Categories

Bar + Drinks, Cakes + Desserts, Food + Catering, Planning, Rentals + Equipment, Service Staff, Transportation


Contact Info

Rt. 178 & Rt. 71, Utica, IL


Reviewed on 9/01/2015 sarah h

We had the best time here at Starved Rock everyone was amazing and made sure everything went smoothly. All my guest have said nothing but wonderful thing about the wedding. My husband and I very Blessed to have found Starved Rock as a place to have a big day! If we ever renew... Read More are vows it will be at Starved Rock again.

Perfect Day

Reviewed on 9/11/2014 Stephanie B

This was amazing place to celebrate our special day. All the literature Tiffany gave us helped us put the wedding together without forgetting any details. From the moment we set foot in her office and through the ceremony she was supportive of our decisions and maintained a... Read More professional, but courteous demeanor. If we had any questions Tiffany was eager to answer them and quickly relieve any anxiety we had in preparation for the ceremony. During the set up time she and the staff were extremely accommodating to our needs. She treated our day like it was your own, which made it feel special. The food during the reception was just as good as it was when we tasted it. I was shocked at how good it was. I didn't think something like that would be possible, but the staff outdid themselves. We had a couple tell us that our wedding dinner blew their wedding dinner “out of the water.” High praises from someone that was married last month at Seneca's Oak Ridge! We were happy to see that the tables were released in a timely manner. Our co-workers, that were working, enjoyed the food we brought them after the reception. The staff did an excellent job cutting the cake and giving everyone generous slices. The layers of cake that we requested to be saved were waiting for us at the end of the night. Everyone had a wonderful evening and our wedding felt like a huge success.

Wedding of our dreams!

Reviewed on 8/29/2013 Rachel

Starved Rock itself is set in a beautiful location and the sales team (specifically Margie) does everything they can to provide couples the weddings of their dreams. Our wedding was elegant with a vintage-rustic feel. The best day of our lives for sure. My complaints are few... Read More but will be noted: The reservation desk was difficult to deal with. When our guests would call in to make their reservation many were told there was no "Gagliano/Nichols" wedding, or they were told there were no rooms left so they would have to stay somewhere else. We talked to Margie about it and she made sure the issue was corrected (and it was). The day of the wedding my bridesmaids and I were up on the third floor in the Hennepin room getting ready. I advised the front desk that 2 photogs and 1 videographer would be showing up between 10-11 and to send to Hennepin room. When they arrived the front desk would not tell them where to go. It was about 11:30 and I sent my MOH down to try to find them. Sure enough there they were (since 10am) completely lost because the front desk reps would not assist. My only other complaint is the trolley trip we purchased for bridal party pictures prior to the ceremony. The trolley driver would not start the trip until I told her exactly where to go. I only had a mental description of what I wanted so she wouldn't leave. When we reserved the trolley we were told that they do this every weekend and there are standard photo areas you go to. We wasted 45 minutes going back and forth with the driver until my photographer told her to just take us wherever she took last weeks wedding. We did not see any of the sites I intended to see, but hopeful our photographer was able to make the most of what he had to work with. Other then these situations we had such an amazing weekend and are beyond pleased with our venue choice! Our guests are still raving about the awesome experience! A couple even mentioned that I had the wedding of THEIR dreams at Starved Rock :) Thank you Starved Rock!!!!!!!!

Reviewed on 4/13/2016 Janine D

We had a beautiful February Wedding. everyone was truly amazing and made our wedding day perfect. All the staff went above and beyond to keep everything flowing nicely. My husband and I truly feel we made the best choice having our wedding at Starved Rock. They made our evening... Read More truly amazing!

Reviewed on 4/05/2016 Stephenie G

Everyone at Starved Rock was so helpful and amazing! Huge thank you to Tiffany for answering all of my questions even if I already asked 6 in 1 day. Thank you to Dani, Jenny, and staff for making sure everything was perfect for our special day.

Reviewed on 2/03/2016 Isabel S

This was a great place to have a winter wedding. Nothing was too much trouble, even on the day. Jenny helped usher to the proper places and it was a great experience. All our guests loved the accommodation and had a great time with the walks. I would definitely recommend it.

Reviewed on 12/10/2015

We had a beautiful outdoor ceremony in July at Starved Rock. It was great to have the wedding and reception in the same place and have guests stay the weekend with you. Jenny was our coordinator and made sure everything went smoothly. Loved it!

Reviewed on 11/23/2015 Eva L

I had my wedding here October of 2015, (& rehearsal dinner) unfortunately it rained on my wedding day so we had the ceremony indoors, however the staff (from the waiters to management) was extremely helpful, caring and compassionate about making sure everything went smoothly and... Read More on time. I felt like the most relaxed bride because everything was taken care of so wonderfully. Everyone not only loved the hor dourves & dinner but the cake was to die for from their baker Mo! Tiffany was my wedding planner and she definitely made sure everything was perfect. I would more so apologize to her for dealing with my crazy family!! To top everything off for the night, we got to our hotel room with a personal card from Tiffany on her behalf as well as Starved Rock with chocolate covered pretzels! 100% recommend this gorgeous venue to any of my friends or family!!

Beautiful and Absolutely Worth Every Penny!!

Reviewed on 11/02/2015 Shelby Z

We just had our Halloween wedding at Starved Rock Lodge in Utica, IL. Originally, we planned to have the ceremony outside, but with heavy rainfall all day, we agreed to move it indoors. The entire staff was so helpful and organized, the changes went through without a hitch.... Read More After the ceremony change over, the dinner was HOT and delicious, just like our tasting. Our reception was gorgeous and there is ample room for their 200 guest limit. Between the use of the Great Hall and the Starved Rock Room, everything moved swiftly and organized throughout the whole evening and the celebrating was never put on pause. We have always loved coming to Starved Rock for hiking and a small getaway, hence why we chose it for our wedding location! I could not have been happier as a bride if our wedding coordinator, Tiffany, and the entire staff had not been so accommodating throughout the entire process! I HIGHLY recommend this venue, for weddings, meetings, picnics, and everything inbetween!

Reviewed on 9/21/2015 Diane R

Starved Rock is the perfect place for an outdoor wedding, and even if the weather does not cooperate the interior is a beautiful back up. The setting and the scenery is beyond belief for Illinois, the food is superb, and the onsite pastry chef made beautiful and delicious cakes... Read More and cupcakes to our own design. My husband and I had a very nice cabin on site, and several guests chose to stay at the Lodge for the event. The staff, from the sales consultant, Tiffany, to the servers and everyone in between were extremely accommodating. Our guests were impressed and people continue to compliment us and choosing such a unique and beautiful setting for our wedding.

Great wedding venue

Reviewed on 7/21/2015 Tim K

We had a wonderful experience with Starved Rock Lodge. The planning was smooth, it was convenient to have the ceremony and reception near each other, and the food was great. Definitely would recommend.

Reviewed on 6/21/2015 Amber D

The Starved Rock staff helped our dream wedding become a reality on May 16, 2015. The entire year-and-a-half process was so much smoother than we thought it could be thanks to the talents and professionalism of all of the staff. We worked with Jenny in the sales office... Read More throughout most of our planning, and Dani also helped us on the day of our wedding. Throughout the entire planning process they handled last-minute requests, questions, and occasional changes with ease, and they were a pleasure to work with. The food and cake were delicious and received frequent compliments from all of our guests. Our guests also loved the venue and many took time to hike and explore the park during our wedding weekend. We couldn't have chosen a better place for our wedding and would gladly recommend Starved Rock to any of our friends and family.


Reviewed on 6/16/2015 Julie H

Everything about my wedding day was just perfect and Jenny made sure of it! So glad we had our wedding here, everyone said it was the absolute best wedding they'd ever been to :) Wouldn't have changed a single thing and highly recommend having your wedding here.

Wedding May 2nd, 2015

Reviewed on 5/05/2015 Cynthia B

My wedding coordinator was Margie, and she was amazing and so very accommodating with anything that needed to be done. 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... Read More 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. 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 happy that I looked into it because 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 my wedding reception. THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts!

Rustic Winter Wedding

Reviewed on 2/05/2015 Christine M

Starved Rock was a wonderful venue to work with when helping me plan my wedding. They were efficient,organized, and consistent when meeting my needs and answering my questions. The Chef and Pastry Chef were accommodating to food allergies and open to suggestions when I wanted to... Read More personalize our dessert and add more to one of our main entrees. Our sales consultant was prompt in responding to us and gave us alternative options when needing guidance and support! The day of the wedding went smoothly and the dining staff/bartender went above and beyond expectations!!


Reviewed on 10/20/2014 Dawn A

All around great!

Amazing vintage, rustic wedding venue!

Reviewed on 10/08/2014 Claire M

I live in Chicago and after lots of looking around I decided that it was way too expensive to do the wedding in the area. For that reason, I expanded my search to venues outside the Chicago area. I found Starved Rock Lodge on the Knot website and gave them a call. They were... Read More very prompt to give me all the information I needed and after some discussion with my parents, soon to be in-laws, and fiancé we decided to go with Starved Rock. Tiffany, my wedding coordinator at the lodge, got everything very well organized and the wedding truly went off without a hitch. The trolley rental for pictures was a blast! Also, the service the day of was impeccable. They made sure my husband and I were well taken care of and all the food was hot and delicious. Overall, we had an excellent experience and all the guests gave us positive feedback. Highly recommend Starved Rock!

Trolley Fun

Reviewed on 10/05/2014 Miranda M

We had Bella the Trolley rented for the wedding and it was great! We had all of our photos done before the wedding, so it was easy to load everyone up on the Trolley and go to the locations I wanted for photos. It was a laid back atmosphere with music playing and the wedding... Read More party just hanging out. We didn't have to worry about how we were all getting from point A to Point B and it was a great way to keep an eye on everyone. After the ceremony we all boarded the trolley and went around for fun until the reception. It is such an easy way to get around and really enjoy your wedding day!

Simply Magical

Reviewed on 9/26/2014 Michelle P

My wife and I had our wedding here 09-12-14 and we can honestly say there isn't anything we would change about this venue. The grounds and lodge are simply breathtaking. We were supposed to have an outdoor wedding and the weather wouldn't allow for it, our consultant Margie was... Read More brilliant and made sure we knew that we could have it indoors and that everything would be taken care of. By the time the "I Dos" came we were thrilled with having it indoors. Everything about the lodge is beautiful. The staff there are the greatest staff I have ever encountered. Our guests were treated politely and with the utmost respect and my glass never came close to empty! Planning a wedding was very stressful; but the folks at Starved Rock made it as simple as possible and helped create the most beautiful day my wife and I could have asked for. The food was to die for! If we had to do it all over again, we would choose Starved Rock every time. We're already planning an anniversary get a way!

Wonderful Wedding Experience at Starved Rock Lodge

Reviewed on 9/16/2014

From the moment we saw the site, we knew it was the one for us. The setting and lodge are beautiful. The Sales Consultant was a wonderful help and planning partner throughout the entire process. Our photographer was very familiar with all the fabulous photo locations and... Read More captured our day in photos just as we wanted. In addition, the servers and staff throughout our wedding day and evening were so very attentive and shared our happiness with their helpfulness and smiles. An A+ experience from start to finish.

Definitely would recommend

Reviewed on 9/03/2014 Ingrid B

We just got married here August 31st. We couldn't be happier with the beautiful scenery at Starved Rock. Jenny, who I worked with through the entire planning process, was the best. She answered emails quickly and nicely. the only "negative" (if i even call it that) was there was... Read More a discrepancy with the trolley picking up guests before the ceremony: i had confirmed at least three times that there would be three hotels to pick up guests at, and feedback from guests made it sound like only two hotels were really stopped at. family of the groom said they waited about an hour for the trolley, when the hotel was a mile from Starved Rock. either way, we (and our guests!) are very happy with the ceremony and reception, and Jenny was an absolute LIFESAVER with dealing with my many many emails and questions. great deal as well!

Perfect in Every Way!!!

Reviewed on 8/19/2014

We recently had our wedding at Starved Rock Lodge and every detail was perfect from our Consultant to the Chef to the recommended DJ. We were even able to have the rehearsal dinner their the night before! The staff was overly accommodating, the food was outstanding and the... Read More service was five star. Everything was extremely affordable and did not compare to anything we had look at before! You get above and beyond what you pay for! We would recommend Starved Rock Lodge to anyone looking for a venue!

Beyond Amazing!!!

Reviewed on 8/17/2014 Maryn G

I got married at The Starved Rock Lodge recently and was beyond thrilled with my experience!!! From start to finish, the entire staff made everything so easy! Our sales coordinator Tiffany was the absolute best!!! She was ten steps ahead of me at all times so I never had to... Read More wonder where we were in the planning process. She was so patient and such a joy to deal with! The entire banquet staff was so polite and our guests commented on how nice everyone was. The food was delicious! My husband said it was even better the day of the wedding then at the tasting. They let you try so many options at your tasting, and the head chef Bear is so willing to work with you on tweaking menu dishes. We also got cupcakes by their pastry chef Mo and my guests raved about them all night! The entire staff at Starved Rock Lodge was top notch! I would recommend them to anyone and can't say enough how thrilled I am with our decision to have our wedding there. They made our day even more amazing then I ever could have dreamed of!

Starved Rock Lodge

Reviewed on 8/02/2014

Everyone was fantastic! The service was wonderful and the staff were very easy to work with. The guests loved the food and were impressed that it all came out hot! Margie and her team made decision making very easy.


Reviewed on 8/01/2014 Samantha J

Starved Rock did everything for us to make this day ours. It wasn't just the sales/marketing team that was there to help, every staff member was amazing! Guest at our wedding were also amazed at the greatness of all staff. This is a great place to get married. I HIGHLY... Read More recommend Starved Rock.