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Utica, Ill.


Just outside of Chicago, you’ll find Utica, Ill., known for Starved Rock State Park and Matthiessen State Park. Many Chicagoans escape to both parks for water sports, hiking and camping… or simply to take in the views.

The small town offers just two traditional hotels, The Willows and Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort, for those who don’t wish to rough it, along with a few unique restaurants. Inside Starved Rock State Park, Starved Rock Lodge doubles as a hotel and restaurant, the latter of which is available to all.