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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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).
Apple Picking in Real Woodstock
Woodstock is home to more apple orchards than any other town in Illinois. Starting in late August, get your autumn on by picking a bushel of fresh apples. Apple picking is an autumn staple here in Real Woodstock; continue a great fall tradition with friends and family, or start a new one.
Visit one of our six great orchards this fall:
All Season's Apple Orchard, at 14510 IL Route 176, Woodstock, IL
All Seasons Apple Orchard also features a 10 acre corn maze, pumpkin patch (opens end of September), barnyard activities, bakery, cider mill, farm market and full kitchen.
Opening Day: Saturday, September 3 (Open until Sunday, October 30). They will be picking Gala apples.
Hours: Monday-Friday: 10 am-5 pm / Saturday-Sunday, Labor Day & Columbus Day: 10 am-6 pm
Homestead Orchard, 11802 Charles Road, Woodstock, IL
Homestead Orchard also offers fresh, 100% natural honey from their orchard. They also sell Amish jams, jellies and salsas, dried apple chips (containing no additives), dried hobby apples for hobbyists, chocolate mint tea, hand crafted items, glassware, and antique furniture.
Homestead Orchard is open for picking! They are now picking: McIntosh, Chenango Strawberry, Dutchess and Early Blaze apples.
Hours: Monday-Friday: 10 am-4 pm, Saturday: 10-5 pm, Sunday: 12 pm-5 pm
Lang's Orchard, 17411 Secor Road, Woodstock, IL
Lang's Orchard also offers all-natural fruit spreads and flavored butters
Opening Day: Saturday, September 10. They will be picking Gala, McIntosh, and Honeycrisp.
Hours: Saturday-Wednesday: 11 am-4 pm, Closed Thursday and Friday
Meadowmoor Orchard, 1517 North 47, Woodstock, IL
Opening Day: Monday, September 5
More Than Delicious Orchard, 9905 Thompson Road, Woodstock, IL
More Than Delicious Orchard also sells pears grown on the orchard (u-pick only) and local honey.
Opening Day: Saturday, September 10. They will be picking Lustre Elstar, HoneyCrisp, and a few other varieties.
Hours: Saturday-Sunday: 10 am- 5 pm
Woodstock Country Orchard, 17015 Garden Valley Road, Woodstock, IL
Woodstock Country Orchard also offers apple cider, donuts, raspberries, maple syrup, honey and garlic.
Opening Day: Friday, September 9. They will be picking: Honeycrisp, Gala, Jonamac, and Red Raspberries until hard frost
Hours: Friday: 10 am-2 pm, Saturday and Sunday: 9 am-4 pm, Monday-Thursday: Closed
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:
September 23 & 24: Leo Kottke
October 29: The Fat Babies
3rd Annual Woodstock Ale Fest
Over 80 craft ales, lagers, pilsners and more. Sizzling bacon. Live bluegrass. All just steps from the train in Downtown Woodstock.
These four ingredients make for a perfect autumn Saturday in Woodstock at the 3rd annual Woodstock Ale Fest, which takes place on October 1st. From 1-5 PM, head to the corner of Clay and Bartlett St (a 5-minute walk from the historic Woodstock Square) to sample craft IPAs, stouts, lagers and other craft beers, food from the best restaurants in the area, and live bluegrass music from Cheryl Niemo & The Down Home Boys. Net proceeds from the event benefit Adult & Child Therapy Services, who provide physical, speech and occupational therapies to the fully insured, uninsured and underinsured of all ages to help community members achieve and maintain independence.
Make a day in Woodstock by taking the Metra UP-NW line from the City for the top-ranked Woodstock Farmer's Market (Saturdays, 8 am-1 pm) and an early lunch on the Woodstock Square before Ale Fest kicks off. After the festival, hit the Square for a treat at Ethereal Confections, Jaci's Cookies, YoFresh Frozen Yogurt, or shop one of the many charming boutique stores.
Weekend Metra trains arrive into Woodstock every two hours from Chicago; trains departing Woodstock back towards Chicago at 5:45 pm and 7:45 pm.
Grab Woodstock Ale Fest tickets now for you and your friends, and start planning your day in Woodstock! Learn More