Real charming. Real independent. Real fun.
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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Woodstock Groundhog Days
It's time to party again and again and again in Real Woodstock at the annual Woodstock Groundhog Days festival!
This year marks the 25th anniversary that the Harold Ramis classic film "Groundhog Day" was shot in Woodstock. The five-day celebration kicks off on Wednesday, February 1 with the Awakening of the Groundhog at the Woodstock Opera House. On Thursday, February 2 at approximately 7:07 AM, Woodstock Willie will make his prognostication on the historic Woodstock Square.
Bring your friends and family to all Woodstock Groundhog Days events: free Groundhog Day Movie showings at the Woodstock Theatre - Classic Cinemas, free walking tours of filming locations, a Groundhog Day pub crawl, and much more. Learn More
Mike Turner on WGN Radio
Promote Woodstock Board Member and Woodstock City Councilman Mike Turner was on WGN Radio's Wintrust Business Lunch with Steve Bertrand talking about the Real Woodstock brand and marketing campaign. Click here for the full interview (22:07 mark).
Woodstock Farmers Market
Real Woodstock is about sharing fresh and locally grown food with friends and family.
Woodstock is home to the top-ranked Farmer's Market in Illinois. From October to April, come visit the Farmer's Market at the McHenry County Fairgrounds (11900 Country Club Rd) the first and third Saturday of every month from 9:00 am-1:00 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 Farmer's 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. Learn More
Winter Farmer's Market Dates
January 7, 21
February 4, 18
March 4, 18
April 1, 15
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:
January 19: Mary Fons - Creative Living Series
February 10-26: Joan of Arc - A Musical Premiere
February 16: David Catlin - Creative Living Series
March 16: Robert Martin, Ph.D - A Musical Premiere
April 20: Mary Badham - Creative Living Series