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area attractions

Are you looking for fun and adventure in Starved Rock Country? Here are our recommendations for some great activities to experience in the Illinois Valley. Come out to Bruce & Ollie's to prepare for, take a break from, or recover from all that fun!



Do you have a big day of kayaking on the Illinois River ahead of you? Before hitting the water, grab a breakfast sandwich, large muffin, or cinnamon rolls at Bruce & Ollie's to start your adventurous day off right.

Kayak Rentals


Bike Rentals

There is nothing like Biking to make you thirsty! After a spectacular day of biking along the I&M Canal, Bruce & Ollie's has a fine selection of August Hill wines and craft beers to quench your thirst.

Bike the Canal


Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway

Take the whole family on a scenic drive full of history and over 100 nature-based destinations along the Illinois River. Just remember to stop in Bruce & Ollie's first for road trip friendly snack and picnic worthy lunches.


Illinois River Road



Utica has a wonderful shopping district the includes antiques, artisan items, handmade and homegrown items, pottery, photography, gourmet treats, outdoor gear, leather goods, clothing, rocks and minerals, spices, and more! Prepare yourself for a fine day of Starved Rock area shopping by popping in Bruce & Ollie's for a delicious coffee treat. We recommend the Espresso!

Shopping in Utica, IL


Hiking & Camping

Are you ready to explore miles and miles of beauty throughout Starved Rock or Matthiessen State Park? Stop in Bruce & Ollie's on your way to grab a deli sandwich or swing by after your hike to treat yourself to some ice cream!

Starved Rock State Park

Matthiessen State Park

Starved Rock Family Campground



If you're looking for some indoor entertainment and enjoy the arts, make sure to take in a show at Stage 212 - The  theater of the  Illinois  Valley  since  1968.

Stage 212

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