Starved Rock October 24th

WRAPUP:  The anticipated bad weather held off except for about 5 minutes of rain, and we enjoyed a warm mostly sunny day of motoring on some wonderful back roads.  A large crowd of 33 MINIs and almost 60 people came out for an all day drive, some from far-away and exotic places like southern Wisconsin, Indiana, and Champaign.   We had a long first part of the drive from Schaumburg to the lunch stop in Morris, and half of the group got to experience the now famous Ashley road, while the other half opted to blast past the turn and take the more direct route in 😉  After a group lunch and a bit of hangout time we piled back in our cars and took the quieter back roads out to Starved Rock.  Traffic was mostly light, except for some slow moving vehicles in the tightest of turns.  The park was a bit less crowded than usual, and many people hung around a while and took a short hike up the “rock”.  Huge thanks to Gary for his help putting this years route together, and pre-driving the course.

Please send links to photos or video to and I’ll add them here.

Photos by: Steve, Pat and Kathy | Tom and Paula | Francis | Dan | Kes |

Video by: Tom part1 | Tom part 2

Please join us on our club’s 8th annual drive out to Starved Rock State Park on Sunday October 24th.

Enjoy a scenic all day ride on some fun back roads, a group lunch and a chance to witness the fall colors at a very cool state park!!

WHEN: Sunday October 24th.  Drivers meeting at 9:15 and departure at 9:30.

WHERE:  Start is in the parking lot at the SouthEast corner of Golf Road and Barrington Road in Hoffman Estates.

We will proceed to R-Place resturaunt in Morris for lunch, and then onto Starved Rock State Park

WHO: This event is open to all members, potential members, and friends of the Chicago MINI Motoring Club!!

WHAT: An all day drive to explore fun roads, hang around with MINI friends, and visit Starved Rock State Park.

WHY:  Just for fun

WHAT TO BRING:  A full tank of gas, appropriate clothing for the weather outside, a camera, lunch money, optional FRS radio for in-car communication  tuned to Channel#1 SubChannel #1, and a smile.

IMPORTANT:  Please RSVP by adding a comment to this post.  We need a good count of people for our lunch reservations!!

40 thoughts on “Starved Rock October 24th

  1. We are planning on driving at least till lunch. Have another obligation later in the afternoon.

  2. Sounds great! — do we have a route yet?
    I have a friend who’d like to join us somewhere between HoffmanEstates and Morris; is that possible?

  3. I am planning to attend with my friend Tiffany. I’ll have Bridget my Dachshund, and Tiff is bringing her Beagle/Dachshund Peanut (he’s a famous dog model). =)

  4. going to miss it (Again), going to Iowa for soccer and Tommy is — gulp — driving there. “oh no Mr Bill …”

  5. If you are coming from the east it is probably easiest to turn into the parking lot from the Barrington Road side about 1/4 block south of the intersection.

  6. I have relatives in Utica I really need to visit. What time is lunch in Morris? Is there a route map to be found to jump in along the way? To leave from downtown to go north to go Southwest seems silly, especially if the weather is questionable.

  7. I am sorry I will miss this – I am leaving that day for a conference. Hope to meet everyone next event. HAVE A GREAT TIME!!

  8. I’ll Be there… If the weather stays nice, I’ll be there for lunch as well. Might have another MINI in follow, but they won’t be staying for lunch!

  9. Newbi with a Mini. I would love to join you on your motoring trip as I just got a new R56 2010 and I love it! See you there. (1) Thanks.

  10. Hi guys I just bought a R55, JCW last Sat found you sat morning thought I would love to meet other fun loving mini owners. I hope it’s ok will try be at the lunch stop. We are from champaign so about 100 miles for us to meet up for lunch. Thought the drive up for Starved rock would be so nice and to meet fellow mini owners sounds like a twofer.


  11. Thanks to Steve and all the wonderful people we met was a wonderful drive cool roads fun drive. I apologize for being abrupt to some people bothering my Service Dog but she has a Job to do and needs to be left alone by people an pets no need to pet, touch or sniff bothered. She has been attacked twice by people’s pets and has no desire to be bothered.

    Thanks again bill

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