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.
Keep up with Real Woodstock.
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:
June 3: Miss Woodstock Scholarship Pageant
June 4: A Tribute to Classic Country Music
June 11: Judith Svalander Dance Theatre Etalage Showcase
June 17-26: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Presented by TownSquare Players
July 10: Festival of Dance
July 16: Megan McDonough
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
Dick Tracy Day
On July 2, grab your yellow fedoras and come out to the historic Woodstock Square from 1pm-5pm for Dick Tracy Day! In honor of longtime Woodstock resident and creator of Dick Tracy, Chester Gould, the Square will be filled crimestoppers and activities such as: historical walking tours, a silent auction for rare Dick Tracy memorabilia, a sidewalk chalk drawing contest for kids, a green screen booth where you can put yourself in a Dick Tracy comic strip, and a special screening of "Chester Gould: An American Original" at Stage Left Café.
The Friends of the Old Courthouse are trying to break into the Guinness Book of World Records by creating the Longest Cartoon Strip by a Team! The continuous comic strip will be almost a mile in length and traced over original detailed drawings. The Friends are looking for groups of any size (ages over 10)—families, teams, scouts, businesses or clubs— to help them trace Dick Tracy comic strips, and achieve this World Record!
If you want to be a part of this World Record, see guidelines and register for FREE to trace a section at FriendsoftheOldCourthouse.org!
The finished strip will be videotaped for submission to the Guinness judges, and then displayed on the Woodstock Square during Dick Tracy Day! Learn More