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/Pumpkin 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 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, barnyard activities, bakery, cider mill, farm market and full kitchen.
Hours: Monday-Friday: 10 am-5 pm / Saturday-Sunday, Labor Day & Columbus Day: 10 am-6 pm
Woodstock Country Orchard, 17015 Garden Valley Road, Woodstock, IL
Woodstock Country Orchard also offers apple cider, donuts, raspberries, maple syrup, honey and garlic.
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 Orson Welles Creative Arts Festival
Widely considered one of the greatest filmmakers of all-time, Orson Welles called Woodstock home. It was here that Welles spent his formative years at the Todd School, and first performed on the Woodstock Opera House stage.
Woodstock will celebrate it's favorite son during the month of October with the Orson Welles Creative Arts Festival! This year's fest will recognize Welles' Shakespearean work in film, stage, radio and television.
The Woodstock Theatre will be showing remastered versions of Macbeth, Othello, and Chimes at Midnight on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM starting October 12. Each film will have a special introduction and a Q&A session following the film.
October 19 - Othello (Fully Restored), 7:00 PM
October 26 - Chimes at Midnight (Digitally Remastered), 7:00 PM
The festival continues on October 28 and 29 with:
- A live theater production of Robin Weatherall's "Five Kings", Woodstock Opera House, 7:00 PM
- Michael Dawson will discuss his restoration of Welles' Othello and Chimes at Midnight. There will also be a screening of the documentaryRestoring Othello. 10:00 AM, Flores Banquet Hall
- Professor Marguerite Rippy of Marymount College will discuss her upcoming book on Orson Welles’ all Black Voodoo Macbeth set in Haiti. 1:00 PM, Flores Banquet Ball
- Professor Michael Anderegg of North Dakota University, author of Welles and Shakespeare will discuss Orson Welles’ work in Shakespeare in all three mediums of radio, stage and cinema. 3:00 PM, Flores Banquet Hall
- Meet and greet with Tibetan artist (and official artist of the Dalai Lama) Tashi Norbu. 4:00 PM, Old Courthouse Arts Center
- A Halloween Costume Ball Party. 7:00 PM, Flores Banquet Hall
The Orson Welles Creative Arts Festival is a must for Welles and Shakespeare fans alike! Learn More
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:
October 7-23: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
October 20: Rick Guidotti - Creative Living Series
October 27: Dracula - with Megan Wells
October 29: The Fat Babies
November 4-20: A Christmas Story: The Musical
November 17: Andrew Carroll - Creative Living Series
November 25-27 & December 2-4: A Christmas Carol
December 9-18: The Nutcracker
December 23: Ed Hall's Christmas Guitar Night
December 30: Piano Man: A Tribute to Billy Joel and Elton John
January 19: Mary Fons - Creative Living Series
February 10-26: Joan of Arc - A Musical Premiere