47 miles from Chicago, Woodstock is on the edge of the Chicago metropolitan area. We’re close to the city with a small town, rural personality all our own.
Rich with Victorian architecture, a town square that seems frozen in time, and a world-renowned Opera House, Woodstock also has an independent streak brimming with creativity and entrepreneurship. Artists and locally-owned businesses are embraced. Our school system is a leader in dual language education. And music, whether rock, folk, jazz, country or classical, fills the air indoors and out most every night.
Shop Local at the Top-Ranked
Woodstock Farmer's Market
Woodstock is home to the top-ranked Farmer's Market in Illinois. From November to April, come visit the Farmer's Market on at the McHenry County Fairgrounds, Building D 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 at WoodstockFarmersMarket.org.
Lighting of the Square
Friday, November 24, 5-9 PM
Woodstock's signature holiday event, Lighting of the Square, returns the day after Thanksgiving on Friday, November 24 from 5-9 PM on the historic Woodstock Square. An annual tradition in McHenry County, thousands of people come together for this one night event to kick off the holiday season and to experience the magic and charm of the Square. At 7:00 PM, a giant switch will be flipped as tens of thousands of twinkling lights illuminate the Woodstock sky. Learn more
Ladies Night Out
Thursday, November 27, 4-9 PM
Meet your friends on the Woodstock Square for Ladies Nite Out 2017! Shop unique local boutiques, grab a bite to eat or drink and have some fun all on the Square. Admission to the event is free with great giveaways, raffles and offers from local merchants. New this year is a special VIP experience package. Click here to learn more about participating businesses and to register.
Listen to Mike Turner on WGN Radio's Patti Vasquez Show (August 2017)
Promote Woodstock President and Woodstock City Councilman Mike Turner went on WGN's Patti Vasquez Show to talk about fall apple picking as well as the Real Woodstock brand. Click here for the full interview.
Support the Woodstock Mural Project
Artist Mark Adamany is working on a 118-foot-long-mural alongside the Woodstock Theatre, capturing four Woodstock cultural legends: Orson Welles, the movie Groundhog Day, Dick Tracy, and "Stars of the Opera House."
The project is being funded by grants and donations, and while the committee has raised $60,000, they are still in need of $25,000 more to ensure their vision finds a future. Visit WoodstockMural.org to learn more about the mural and see different donation options.
Look for Real Woodstock Campaign on Metra Train Lines
Riding the Metra? 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.