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 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 at WoodstockFarmersMarket.org.
Pick Apples in Woodstock - More Orchards Than Any Town in Illinois
Woodstock is home to more apple orchards than any other town in Illinois, with six 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.
Visit the Historic 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. Click here to see upcoming acts.
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 the Real Woodstock Metra Campaign This Summer
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.