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The Bickerman Building | 166 Mill Street | Starved Rock Area | Utica, IL 61373

WHAT IS THE BICKERMAN BUILDING?

Built in 1874, The Bickerman Building has taken many forms over the years. 

 

From its inception as a proof of concept for quick-drying cement (now, that’s a story!), to the large, Bickerman family-owned hardware store - and many iterations in between this historic landmark is ready to welcome a new era of joy and hospitality. 

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What is The Bickerman Building Becoming?

While it may have seemed that this beautiful building had been forgotten, it has actually been inspiring a couple of heart-centered members of the community for years now. Often seeing it sit vacant, they saw the opportunity to utilize the space to connect the community around them, as well as invite visitors to come and experience the character and charm of the area.

Building upon the strong ties at the heart of Utica, Illinois, their vision is to bring the incredible historic edifice back to life and create a gathering space for the community.

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WARM & WELCOMING
RELAXED & COMFORTING
JOVIAL & CHARMING
The Bickerman Building will be all of these things for the community and our visitors. 
“Historical past, promising future”

Similar to our town’s motto - “Historical past, promising future” - The Bickerman Building will provide space within the renovated town treasure for connection, ideas, learning, and sharing. It's sure to become one of the most well-loved things to do near Starved Rock.

 

Whether you are, 

  • One of our valuable town elders, full of stories and wisdom,

  • A family looking for an opportunity to kickback and grab a bite to eat,

  • Young adults looking for a fun place to hang out,

  • An entrepreneur planning for the future, or 

  • An adventurer that has decided to explore the beauty beyond Starved Rock State Park. 

YOU ARE WELCOME HERE.

BEYOND SPACE

The Cetwinski family is excited to announce that the building will have space for gathering with friends, family, and new acquaintances that have come to visit our little slice of heaven, as well as...

Delicious Food & Craft Beverages

Including Bruce and Ollie’s serving Capannari's ice cream and coffee shop, offering locally-roasted Starved Rock Coffee 

Deli sandwiches, soups and salads-COMING SOON!

Stylish lodging in two gorgeous upstairs lofts

COMING SOON!

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Are you looking for fun things to do near Starved Rock State Park area? Check back in 2021 for The Bickerman Building Events Calendar. In the meantime, find local attractions on the city of Utica's website.