Come Party At Utica's Mardi Gras Parade

Located just two minutes to the north of Starved Rock State Park, the Village of North Utica will once again be playing host to one of the most exciting Mardi Gras Parades that Illinois has to offer! Here's what you need to know, before you go!Big fun comes to North Utica's small…
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Come Party At Utica's Mardi Gras Parade

Come Party At Utica's Mardi Gras Parade

Located just two minutes to the north of Starved Rock State Park, the Village of North Utica will once again be playing host to one of the most exciting Mardi Gras Parades that Illinois has to offer! Here's what you need to know, before you go!Big fun comes to North Utica's small…
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Giveaway: See Legendary Guitarist Richard Smith In Concert

Giveaway: See Legendary Guitarist Richard Smith In Concert

From Bach to Beatles, barn-burners to ballads, audiences around the world delight when the legendary finger-style guitarist Richard Smith cuts loose. Now's your chance to see this world renowned act in person. Richard will take the stage at The Lone Buffalo by Tangled Roots, this…
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Ghost Stories on the I and M Canal

Ghost Stories on the I and M Canal

As dusk falls, come out and hear about the ghostly tales of the I&M Canal on the haunted boat tour this weekend from October 25-27. This Halloween adventure is filled with legends, mystery and horror. Let their talented tour guides divulge the many secrets, spirits, and scandals …
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History and spirits combine at distillery

History and spirits combine at distillery

Believe it or not, Star Union Spirits owners' first love was not spirits. It was wine.On a camping trip about a decade ago, Jeff Yosowitz gave Bob Windy a sample of his homemade wine. Windy enjoyed it so much, he asked Yosowitz to teach him how to make his own. It started a frien…
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Homegrown Wines

Homegrown Wines

August Hill Winery & Illinois Sparkling Co. in Downtown Utica is Starved Rock Country’s award winning winery. August Hill Winery has been making wine since 2002. The Winery includes caves for aging wine, a tasting room, a sparkling wine program, and a staff that is family. Enjoy …
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Craft Beer and Burgers at Starved Rock Lodge

Craft Beer and Burgers at Starved Rock Lodge

From now through the end of April, Starved Rock Lodge's Backdoor Lounge, and renowned Lodge Restaurant, will be offering a special craft beer and burger deal every Monday, for lunch and dinner.[Photo credit Starved Rock Lodge]Starved Rock Lodge's on-site restaurant is a widely co…
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Starved Rock Country Cabin Guide

Starved Rock Country Cabin Guide

From rustic to luxury, there are some terrific cabin rentals across Starved Rock Country! Whether you're looking for an quiet Winter getaway or planning a large family reunion, there's a cabin to suite every type of vacation. Here's a look at four of the best cabin destinations y…
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Take a look inside the Starved Rock "Hidden Gem" Penthouse

Take a look inside the Starved Rock "Hidden Gem" Penthouse

Join us as we take a tour of this "hidden gem" executive rental near bustling downtown Ottawa! Catering to adults only, this penthouse features two bedrooms, a full bath, furnished living room, and a full kitchen and dining area, complete with all the amenities.If you'd like to v…
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