Starved Rock November 3rd


WRAPUP:  A beautiful fall day drew 40 MINIs and a Morgan on a great drive along some fun back roads..  A bunch of new members and first-timers came along as well as a bunch of club regulars.    Unfortunately the good weather brought out too big a crowd at Starved Rock State Park, so there was only limited parking ability..  Many people headed out to a fantastic lunch at MJ’s Pub and Grill in nearby Oglesby.  Special thanks to Rus for planning, pre-driving and leading the drive route and to Chris for coordinating all the food arrangements!!

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Photos by: Steve, Allie,  Enrique and Carrie | Kenny |

It’s fall, so time again for our annual trip out to Starved Rock State park..  This drive has been a club favorite since 2004!


This year after stopping off at the park we will be taking an optional side trip to MJ’s Pub and Grill in Oglesby for a late lunch for anyone who is interested.

WHAT: A MINI drive exploring a bunch of fun roads out to Starved Rock State park.  After we arrive,  people can hang out, visit, explore the park on your own or take a trip out to Oglesby to MJ’s Pub and Grill for a late lunch (more details updated soon)…


WHERE: Start is at the BassPro parking lot in the Promenade Bolingbrook Mall   631 East Boughton Road,Bolingbrook, IL 60440

WHEN: Departure is at 10:00, rain or shine   Remember this is the first day of Daylight Savings Time!!


WHO: All Chicago MINI Motoring Club members or anyone interested in the club.


WHAT TO BRING: This is typically one of our clubs longer drives, so plan accordingly..  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.  Be prepared for a couple of tolls at the start of the drive..


WHY: Because it is fun!!


IMPORTANT:   Let us know you will be attending..  If you are interested in heading out for our lunch stop after we get to the park, please add a comment and let us know..  We need an accurate headcount for planning.


57 thoughts on “Starved Rock November 3rd

  1. We four (Lee, Phyl, Eric and Allie) will come on the drive, but we have another commitment later in the afternoon, so we will not be able to stay for the lunch =(. Still, looking forward to the drive!

  2. Hi all! We’re not members, (we live closer to Starve Rock than Bass Pro) We’ve owned our Mini just over a year now and love it. We’ll be making the 1 hour drive to Bass Pro to cruise with all the Minis. Carl and Joan. 2009 Clubman S. (british racing green) We’ll be having lunch also.

    • We will not be able to get away from the farm 🙁
      So we will not be able to go….have some MINI FUN for us!!!!

  3. I plan to do the drive and lunch. My nephew Asconio and his friend Cole may join if they can rally in the morning.

  4. Sadly, I received a letter today from MINI telling me that there is a problem with the chain tensioner that controls my timing chain. I regret that Joy and I will not be making the drive. Sorry!

  5. New owners as of this summer. Did our first rally this summer (Mini on the Mack) Looking forward to meeting members of the club and joining. Count on 2 of us for lunch

  6. If anyone is interested in a pre-event caravan, meetup at the Starbucks in Streets of Woodfield. We will be heading out by 9am.

  7. This will be my first event and I am looking forward to meeting everyone. I will be bring my husband Sam and I am not sure about the lunch

  8. What a great group of people. Thanks for making MJ’s a part of your Starved Rock adventure. It was our team’s pleasure to spend the afternoon with all of you. Hope to see you in 2014.
    Jackie & Mike

    • And a big thumbs up to MJ’s!! We were a big crowd and you guys did a great job taking care of us. Food was terrific.

  9. new guy here in the 06 Space blue MCS JCW checkmate this was my first event and my wife and I had a great time MJs was awesome and everyone we met was great I look forward to future events and becoming a member of the CMMC.

  10. What a great event. Well planned. Fun was had by all. I heard a comment on why one of the members took the corner so fast and the response was BECAUSE I COULD! Special Thanks to Steve, Russ and all who set this up.
    The Burgers were well worth the wait Thanks to All.

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