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 Winter Farmer's Market 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.
Bobby Joe Scribner Sculpts Welles, Creative Streak in Woodstock
Woodstock sculptor Bobby Joe Scribner is bringing a permanent addition to the Woodstock Sculpture Garden next to the new "Woodstock on Film and on the Stage" mural with a three-quarter cast bronze sculpture of Woodstock’s favorite son, Orson Welles. Both the mural and sculpture were funded by over 100 private donors and a grant from the McHenry County Community Foundation and $2,500 in funds still need to be raised to complete the Welles sculpture.
Donations are being accepted to complete this addition to the historic Woodstock Square. To learn more about Bobby Joe and how to donate, click here.
25th Anniversary Groundhog Day Celebration in Woodstock
It's time to party again and again at the annual Woodstock Groundhog Days Festival! Make a weekend in Woodstock and attend all of Woodstock Groundhog Days events: free “Groundhog Day” movie showings at the Woodstock Theatre, free walking tours of filming locations, a Groundhog Day pub crawl, and much more. Festivities officially kick off with the Awakening of the Groundhog on Thursday, February 1 at 6:00 PM as Woodstock Willie makes his first appearance at the Woodstock Opera House.
Listen to Mike Turner on WGN's Dane Neal Show (November 2017)
Promote Woodstock President and Woodstock City Councilman Mike Turner went on WGN's Dane Neal Show to talk about the Lighting of the Square and the kickoff to the holiday season in Woodstock. Click here to listen to the full interview. (Mike's interview begins at the 12 min mark)
Support the Woodstock Mural Project
Artist Mark Adamany has painted 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. The committee has raised $60,000 and 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.
Woodstock High School Madrigal Singers at 500 W Madison | Ogilvie Transportation Center, Downtown Chicago
Real Woodstock and the Woodstock High School Madrigal Singers teamed up in downtown Chicago during rush hour at Ogilvie Transportation Center (500 W Madison) to spread holiday cheer and promote holiday events in Woodstock! Commuters were treated to caroling and Ethereal Confections chocolate as we raffled off a free one-month Metra pass.
Congratulations to the WHS Madrigal Singers on an outstanding performance!