“This is what you think of when you hear the word lodge,” said Walt Wirth, a Joliet native and frequent guest at the Starved Rock Lodge.
Join us as we take a tour of this historic lodging option.
The first thing you’ll notice, when approaching the lodge’s welcoming wooden double doors, is the vast amount of art surrounding the property.
Considered to be the largest collection of chainsaw carvings in Illinois, this set began in 1988 when then lodge CEO Terry Cross commissioned a few woodcarvings from fallen trees.
"Over the years he accrued this impressive collection of outdoor art. His philosophy was 'Get lost in nature, and you will find yourself'. These pieces were meant to exemplify that," said Starved Rock Lodge Marketing Director Kathy Casstevens.
This larger than life assembly of public art has since grown to more than 40 pieces in a variety of mediums. The chainsaw carvings still remain a nostalgic favorite among park guests.