The Trolley Trio Progressive Dinner Returns To Starved Rock

Multi-course dining tour takes you to three delicious destinations

Photo provided by Starved Rock Lodge

The Trolley Trio Progressive Dinner, a special multi-course dining tour that takes guests to three of the region’s most exciting artisan food and drink destinations, returns to Starved Rock Country on Thursday, Nov. 9.

The latest installment of this unique culinary event will feature August Hill Winery, Camp Aramoni and Starved Rock Lodge. These fan-favorite establishments have teamed up to create three unforgettable new menus celebrating seasonal pairings of wine, spirits, beer and food tastings. This curated dining experience will feature a different course at each location, giving guests a variety of delicious experiences and fall sight-seeing opportunities.

Diners will meet at Starved Rock Lodge at 4:45 p.m. Nov. 9. Guests will board the lodge’s heated trolley for a short drive to August Hill Winery’s tasting room on Utica’s Mill Street. Along the way, your interpretive guide will provide historical facts and point out sight-seeing attractions.

August Hill Winery tasting room

In August Hill Winery’s chic tasting room, guests can savor cocktail and wine tastings while noshing on paired appetizers. Using botanicals grown right in Starved Rock Country, August Hill Winery offers a wide selection of award-winning, locally produced wines and sparkling beverages. While you’re there, enjoy a glass of August Hill’s award-winning Berlyn Red, share a wine flight on its beautiful patio, or purchase a case of wine to share with friends and family. Check out August Hill’s events calendar for the full list of live music, events and interactive classes you’ll want to return for.

After starting your evening at August Hill, guests will reboard the trolley and head south to Camp Aramoni. This destination for boutique tent camping and pop-up culinary events will provide the dinner and drinks portion of the evening. Hosted in their impeccably decorated Bricks & Stones event space, an extensively renovated building on the site of a former brickyard, guests will have an opportunity to try some of the chef-driven creations that have led Camp Aramoni’s food and beverage program to be so well received by the Chicago culinary community.

A view of an African style tent on Monday, Sept. 18, 2023 at Camp Aramoni in Lowell. The tents weigh two-tons and can withstand over 100 miles-per-hour winds. The camp is on the cover of the fall winter 2023-2024 Enjoy Illinois magazine.

This boutique campground and event venue, recently featured on the cover of the Enjoy Illinois guidebook, is redefining travel in the Midwest. Located on 96 acres of lush forests, this lavish accommodation combines the thrills of a classic camping experience with all the amenities and craftsmanship of upscale boutique hotels. Guests can choose from 11 elevated safari-style tents nestled in a secluded natural landscape, and experience yoga classes, guided hikes, live music and shuttle service to nearby parks.

After enjoying dinner, drinks and small bites, The Trolley Tour will return to the historic Starved Rock Lodge for a decadent dessert and nightcap. In the Lodge’s stunning dining hall, guests will be treated to a lavish dessert in a cozy, wood-lined environment complete with roaring fireplaces.

Starved Rock Lodge is one of Illinois’ foremost lodging destinations for those looking to enjoy hiking, outdoor adventure, history and architectural landmarks. Within the Lodge, you’ll find historic ambiance in the main dining room where the atmosphere is friendly and casual. Relax and unwind in their indoor pool, hot tub and sauna or stop by The Back Door Lounge to fuel up before a hike or cool off with a locally brewed craft beer. Choose a hotel room in the Lodge or one of their log cabins in the woods. Either way, you’ll wake up refreshed from the natural beauty of the surroundings.

Make your Trolley Trio Dinner an all-nighter by upgrading to an overnight package at the lodge. This package includes your dinner for two, overnight stay for two and a $15 breakfast voucher for the next morning. Dinner only: $110 per person, Dinner & Overnight Package: $367.77 (for two people). Reservations are required for the event. Guests must be 21 or older to attend.

Can’t make the Nov. 9 event? The Trolley Trio Progressive Dinner will return on Dec. 21, Jan. 18, Feb. 15, March 21 and April 25. Tickets for these events go fast; reserve your space today by calling 815-220-7386 or visit