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.
Spend the Holidays in Woodstock with Friends and Family
In Woodstock, shop for holiday gifts at locally-owned boutiques on and off the charming Woodstock Square. Enjoy live holiday music and theater performances at the Woodstock Opera House. View the best decorated Christmas trees at the Woodstock Opera House and festive gingerbread houses in McHenry County at the Old McHenry Courthouse. And enjoy a relaxing, free horse-drawn carriage ride on the scenic cobblestone-lined streets of Downtown Woodstock.
Woodstock High School Madrigal Signers 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!
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 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.
60 ft Real Woodstock Billboard in Downtown Chicago
Look for the Real Woodstock campaign when you are traveling on the Metra UP - Northwest line or driving northwest on the I-90 Kennedy Expressway at the Webster Ave. exit! The 60 foot billboard brings all of the holiday charm and beauty of the Woodstock Square to downtown Chicago.