Woodstock, Illinois
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. 

Keep up with Real Woodstock.


Promote Woodstock Annual Meeting - Wednesday, August 2
Two years 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 Wednesday, August 2 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Studio 2015 Jewelry to see what we are working on and what our plans are for the future of Real Woodstock.
If you plan on attending, please RSVP to Abby Hayes at ahayes@a5inc.com.

Real Woodstock Metra Campaign
Riding the Metra this summer? Keep an eye out for Real Woodstock on platform posters and car cards across seven Metra lines! The campaign features Woodstock's independent restaurants and charming boutiques, live music and festivals, and berry picking at one of our three local farms - all perfect ideas for spending a day in Woodstock, IL.
The businesses featured include:
-Woodstock Folk Festival
-Gavers Barndance
-Midwest Mozart Festival
-Taqueria La Placita
-Public House of Woodstock
-DC Cobbs
-Niko's Red Mill Tavern
-YoFresh Frozen Yogurt
-Ethereal Confections
-Sonshine Girl
-Read Between the Lynes
-Dave's Woodstock Music
-Woodstock Opera House
-Woodstock Theatre - Classic Cinemas
-Woodstock Farmers Market
Look for us on these lines:
-Union Pacific - NW
-Union Pacific - W
-Union Pacific - N
-Milwaukee District - N
-Milwaukee District - W
-North Central Service
-Burlington Northern

Berry Picking in Woodstock
The start of summer means it is time for berry picking in Woodstock! 

Connect to the country this weekend and enjoy a day of u-pick berry picking and unplugged fun at one of three local berry farms. Afterwards, visit the Woodstock Square for an afternoon of boutique shopping and dining at one of our many restaurants. 

Heider's Berry Farm
-Currently in raspberry picking season
-Open every day, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
-heidersberryfarm.com

McCann's Berry Farm
-Currently in blueberry picking season
-Open Wednesdays and Saturdays, 8:00 AM - picked out
-mccannberryfarm.com

Grace Farm Studios
-Currently open for u-pick black/red/yellow/purple raspberries
-Open Monday-Saturday, 9:00 Am - 5:00 PM
-gracefarmstudios.com

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 Farmer's Market in Woodstock, IL. 
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 May to October, come visit the Farmer's Market on the historic Woodstock Square from 8:00 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


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 25: Senior Coffee (Stage Left Café)
July 26: The Stage Leftovers (Stage Left Café)
July 28: TSP's Summer Musical Theater Workshop
July 28: Open Mic Night (Stage Left Café)
August 1: Senior Coffee (Stage Left Café)
August 3: Songwriter Open Mic (Stage Left Café)
August 4: Jazz Night (Stage Left Café)
August 6 & 13: Midwest Mozart 2017 Summer Concert Series
August 8: Senior Coffee (Stage Left Café)
August 9: The Stage Leftovers (Stage Left Café)
August 11: Open Mic Night (Stage Left Café)
August 15: Senior Coffee (Stage Left Café)
August 18: Open Mic Night (Stage Left Café)
August 22: Senior Coffee (Stage Left Café)
August 23: The Stage Leftovers (Stage Left Café)
August 29: Senior Coffee (Stage Left Café)
August 31: Potts & Pans - COUSOUMEH - The Journey of the Steelpan
September 1: Jazz Night (Stage Left Café)
September 5: Senior Coffee (Stage Left Café)
September 7: Songwriter Open Mic (Stage Left Café)
September 9: This is Our Story - TSP's 50th Anniversary
September 12: Senior Coffee (Stage Left Café)
September 15: Jazz Night (Stage Left Café)
September 15: Heart of Stone
September 16: Billy Croft & the 5 Alarm Band
September 19: Senior Coffee (Stage Left Café)
September 20: The Stage Leftovers (Stage Left Café)
September 22: Open Mic Night (Stage Left Café)
September 23: The Fat Babies
September 23: Spoken Word Cafe (Stage Left Café)
September 26: Senior Coffee (Stage Left Café)
September 27: The Stage Leftovers (Stage Left Café)
September 29: Aqualung
September 30: Piano Man
October 3: Senior Coffee (Stage Left Café)
October 5: Songwriter Open Mic Night (Stage Left Café)
October 6: Jazz Night (Stage Left Café)
October 10: Senior Coffee (Stage Left Café)
October 13: Open Mic Night (Stage Left Café)
October 17: Senior Coffee (Stage Left Café)
October 18: The Stage Leftovers (Stage Left Café)
October 19: Judy Collins - A Modern Day Renaissance Woman | Creative Living Series
October 20: Jazz Night (Stage Left Café)
October 21: Spoken Word Cafe (Stage Left Café)
October 24: Senior Coffee (Stage Left Café)
October 25: The Stage Leftovers (Stage Left Café)
October 27: Open Mic Night (Stage Left Café)
October 28: DRACULA - with Storyteller Megan Wells
November 2: Songwriter Open Mic (Stage Left Café)
November 3: Jazz Night (Stage Left Café)
November 10: Open Mic Night (Stage Left Café)
November 16: Annie Polland, PhD - Common Ground - Orchard & Delancey Streets, New York City | Creative Living Series
January 18:  Richard Cahan & Michael Williams - Richard Nickel Dangerous Years: What He Saw and What He Wrote | Creative Living Series
February 15: Lindsay Mican Morgan - Thorne Rooms: Tiny Grandeur | Creative Living Series
March 15: Mary Skinner - Irena Sendler: In the Name of Their Mothers | Creative Living Series
April 19: Melissa Hannon - Peace and Paws Dog Rescue: Accent on the Smiles | Creative Living Series