Grand Bear Resort at Starved Rock 2643 Illinois Route 178 • North Utica • IL 61373


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Why You'll Love This Place

A Here Comes The Guide Wedding Venue Review
  • Nestled amid the exquisite beauty of Starved Rock, this resort has it all—a beautiful natural setting, welcoming accommodations, versatile venues, and loads of activities to keep guests happy….including dining, an arcade, mini-golf, and a year-round indoor waterpark!
  • With ten indoor and outdoor spaces of varying sizes and styles, there’s enough room here to host more than your ceremony and reception… your dedicated personal wedding planner is happy to help you orchestrate welcome cocktails, showers, and farewell brunches, as well as ensure your special day is exactly as you dreamed.
  • Guest accommodations range from romantic whirlpool tub suites for couples, to spacious cabins and villas that can house large groups of family and friends. With desirable features like fireplaces, luxury kitchens, and balconies offering views of the surrounding woods, your loved ones will feel right at home.

PRICES: What's this going to cost?

Rental Fee
  • $1,000/event
  • Ballroom wedding receptions have a $1,000 rental fee. Meeting rentals range $150–1,000 for up to 5 consecutive hours.

Ceremony Fee
  • $250–800/event
  • Ceremony fee varies depending on:
    • Space reserved
Package Prices
  • $74–108/person
  • Package prices vary depending on:
    • Package chosen
  • Wedding packages include a plated or buffet dinner, bar services, linens, honeymoon suite, wine service with dinner, wedding coordinator, and much more.

Service Charge or Gratuity
  • 20%


Indoors Outdoors
Ceremony Seated 300 150
Cocktails, etc. Standing 300 300
Reception Seated 300 0
Meetings Total meeting capacity for this venue is 350.

Please contact the venue for additional capacity information.

Venue Details

Site Uses

  • Ceremony
  • Outdoor Ceremony
  • Wedding Receptions
  • All-Inclusive
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Special Events / Parties
  • Business Functions / Meetings
  • On-Site Accommodations
  • Late Night

Essential Info


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Amplified Music


Wheelchair Access

Access limited


Year-round, daily.

Venue Type

Buildings & other settings available:

  • Ballroom
  • Patio / Deck / Terrace
  • Resort / Spa
  • Retreat
  • Inn / Lodge
  • Restaurant
  • Unique

Venue Views

Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!

  • Forest / Woods
  • Lagoon / Pond
  • Landscaped Grounds
  • Meadow / Fields
  • Panoramic


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