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.
Woodstock Manufacturing Week
With National Manufacturing Day this Friday, October 5, the City of Woodstock, the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce and Real Woodstock would like to highlight a few of Woodstock's many manufacturers that cultivate Woodstock's innovative, creative and independent culture.
Three generations of forward-thinking leaders have run Dordan Manufacturing in Woodstock for 25 years. A manufacturer of thermoformed plastic packaging, Dordan has also become an industry leader in sustainability and innovation with over 50 employees.
"We are a balanced blend of stability and tradition mixed with new ideas and fresh thinking," says Sales Manager, Aric.
Mary Ervin and Sara Miller, owner of Ethereal Confections, are aiming to put their chocolate, and Woodstock, on the map. Ethereal Confections not only celebrates “local”, they are spreading their chocolate—and the Woodstock name—around the world. More than 200 stores across the U.S., Canada and Mexico sell their product, and they ship all over the world via their web site.
Earlier this year, Ethereal announced its plans for expansion into reclaimed space at 140 Cass St. on the historic Woodstock Square. Renovation plans include an incubator kitchen, a new cafe and even a secret basement speakeasy.
Tom Dougherty of Dougherty Enterprises started selling his handmade jewelry on the Woodstock Square in 1992. As his business grew, so did his enterprise as he started manufacturing jewelry and eventually grew so large that he moved his company to the west edge of Woodstock. With 56 employees, Dougherty Enterprises designs and manufactures as many as 3,000 pieces of jewelry a week and has become a manufacturing leader in the Woodstock community.
"Manufacturing is creative," says Patricia Miller, CEO of Woodstock-based plastic injection molding company MATRIX 4. "Every day, we are making."
When Miller took over the company her grandfather had started and run, the company had but a handful of employees in a 90,000-square foot facility at 610 E. Judd Street, just off Route 47. Today, MATRIX 4 makes products for well-known brands, Fortune 500 brands among others, and has grown to 50 employees running three shifts five days a week.
Woodstock Honors its Stars of Screen and Stage with Woodstock Mural
Bringing to life a concept originating with Woodstock City Councilman RB Thompson, a wall Mural has been designed honoring four of Woodstock’s cultural legends: Chester Gould / Dick Tracy; Orson Welles; the film Groundhog Day; and “Stars of the Opera House”.
Real Woodstock is Built on a Community of Creative and Entrepreneurial Leaders
Located on the historic Woodstock Square, Silver Prairie Natural Soap Company creates home-made blends of oils and goat milk soap designed to be luxurious and promote healthy skin.
Experience a Show at the Historic Woodstock Opera House
Entertaining patrons for over 125 years, the historic Woodstock Opera House is the crown jewel of Woodstock and McHenry County. Situated on the charming Woodstock Square, this community-owned venue continues to serve its guests as a performing arts center and focal point of the community.
Robin Spielberg: Spirit of the Holidays Sing-Along with Woodstock High School Madrigals (Thursday, December 13)
One of America's most beloved pianist/composers and Steinway Artist Robin Spielberg spreads holiday cheer on the Woodstock Opera House stage at Spirit of the Holidays Sing-along on Thursday, December 13!
The Woodstock High School Madrigal singers, directed by Brian Jozwiak, join Robin on stage as they perform Christmas carols and winter favorites. Before the concert, join the WHS Madrigals outside the Woodstock Opera House steps at 6:50 PM for a special pre-show performance and free hot chocolate.
It's Apple Picking Season in Real Woodstock!
Woodstock is home to more apple orchards than any other town in Illinois, with five orchards within a short drive from the historic Woodstock Square. Bring the whole family and establish a fun fall tradition picking fresh, crisp apples in the country. Then head to the beautiful Woodstock Square for an afternoon of music, movies, theater, boutique shopping and dining. On September 1st, join All Season's Apple Orchard at its 2018 Fall Fest to kick off the apple picking season!
Explore The Woodstock Square
There is always something happening on the Woodstock Square.
Use the Real Woodstock visitor guide and map to find shopping, dining, parking and all other services on the Woodstock Square.