Real charm. Real opportunity. Real easy to get to.
Home to 24,800 people. 389 businesses. 25 churches. (Including a Buddhist Temple.) A beautiful historic town square. Victorian architecture. A world-renowned Opera House. Terrific schools. Plenty of charming retail shops, restaurants, bars, theaters and festivals, and a blues bar that’s one of the best anywhere. All easily accessible to Chicago (just 47 miles away) and surrounded by a pastoral countryside perfect for berry picking and whiling away the day.
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Real Woodstock Year in Review & What's Next
A year ago, Promote Woodstock launched the Real Woodstock brand to promote Woodstock as a wonderful place to visit, start and grow a business and live. Please join us on Tuesday, July 19 at Studio 2015 from 5:00-7:00 PM to see what we have accomplished and what we have in the works going forward.
Email PCasey@a5inc.com to RSVP.
It's summertime, which means it's time to pick berries in Real Woodstock!
One of our oldest traditions in Woodstock, connect to the land and enjoy a day of berry picking and unplugged fun at one of our three berry farms.
Grace Farm Studios - 2719 Franklinville Rd, Woodstock, IL | 815.790.8895
U-pick raspberries (Black, purple, red and yellow) and gooseberries will be available to pick around July 1st. Check website or call for availability.
Heider's Berry Farm - 1106 N. Queen Anne Rd., Woodstock, IL | 815-338-0301
U-pick and pre-picked strawberries: June and September till frost.
U-pick and pre-picked raspberries: July and September till frost. Check website or call for availability.
McCann Berry Farm - 18110 Kishwaukee Valley Rd, Woodstock, IL | 815-568-8810
U-pick blueberries: July 10 - August 14. Available Wednesdays and Saturdays, hours 8am until picked out (usually 2 pm Wednesdays, 1pm Saturdays).
Sugar snap peas: available during strawberry season.
Woodstock Farmers Market
Real Woodstock is about sharing fresh and locally grown food with friends and family.
Woodstock is home to the top-ranked Farmers Market in Illinois. From May to October, come visit the Farmers Market on the historic Woodstock Square on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 8 am-1 pm. Here you will find the freshest produce in the state, baked goods made daily, handmade arts and crafts, and beautiful greenery all year long. The Woodstock Farmers Market is a producers only market, meaning everything you purchase is grown or produced by the vendor.
Learn more about the Market's vendors, live music performances, and weekly updates at www.WoodstockFarmersMarket.org.
The Woodstock Opera House
Entertaining patrons for 125 years, the historic Woodstock Opera House is the crown jewel of Woodstock and McHenry County. Located in the heart of Woodstock on the town square, the venue is home to concerts, theatre, dance, visual art, lectures, meetings, receptions, and much more. A countless number of famous artists and personalities have performed or have spoken at the Opera House, such as Orson Welles, Paul Newman, Maya Angelou, Tom Bosley, Martha Stewart, and Gene Sisklel. Learn More
Upcoming Woodstock Opera House Schedule:
July 22-24: James and the Giant Peach, Presented by the Children's Summer Theatre
July 30: Laura Rain and the Ceasars
August 6: Lonesome Highway
August 27: Galactic Cowboy Orchestra
September 10: Riders in the Sky
September 17: Denny Diamond
September 23 & 24: Leo Kottke
October 29: The Fat Babies
Midwest Mozart Festival
Mozart returns to the historic Woodstock Opera House, as the Midwest Mozart Festival continues the 30 year tradition of memorable chamber orchestra performances featuring the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Led by Maestro Brian Groner, the superb Midwest Mozart musicians that you have come to know over the years breathe new life into the greatest music ever written. Come see why these performances are considered a must-see summertime event for classical music fans! Tickets start at $28, $10 for students. Learn More