Grand Bear Resort at Starved Rock

Breathtaking wedding and event venue chicago suburbs

2643 N IL Rt. 178
Utica, IL 61373


Grand space. Impeccable service. Excellent cuisine.

Nestled in natural beauty of Starved Rock State Park – one of the most breathtaking places in Illinois – Grand Bear Resort at Starved Rock is a beautiful destination for your wedding!

We would be honored to host your big day including your ceremony, reception, bridal shower and rehearsal dinner! Grand Bear Resort offers a formal Grand Ballroom that accommodates up to 350 people with a dance floor, or breaks into smaller salons to accommodate a more intimate reception, rehearsal dinner or gathering. Our outdoor pavilion and canyon deck offers a scenic space for romantic ceremonies and memorable photographs!

At A Glance

Venue Type
Barns & Farms, Ceremony, Destination Weddings, Historic Locations, Hotels/Resorts/Guest Accommodations, Outdoor
Max Guests:
Ceremony Site:
Indoor & Outdoor
Reception Site:
Indoor & Outdoor
Catering Options:
In house catering
Outside Alcohol Permitted
Guest Accommodations?
Paula Hicks
Event Sales Coordinator

We can't wait to meet you and help guide you through every detail of your planning process. Our Grand Ballroom is fabulously elegant and sparkles with ambiance! We can accommodate up to 300 guests with a dance floor for your special day. Our talented Executive Chef will take care of your menu with in-house catering and mouth watering precision. Our experienced Banquet Captain and attentive staff will attend to each and every detail of your event to ensure perfection and make your dream day come to fruition. Your dreams are our priority!


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