About Woodstock

47 miles from Chicago, Woodstock, Illinois 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. We have the state's largest concentration of apple orchards and berry farms. Our weekly Farmers' Market is ranked one of Illinois' best. Our school system is a leader in dual language education. Artists and locally-owned businesses are embraced. And music, whether rock, folk, jazz, country or classical, fills the air indoors and out most every night.

Visit. Start a business. Relocate a business here. Make a life here. Woodstock. It's real.

Promote Woodstock

Promote Woodstock is a public-private partnership funded by the City of Woodstock. It is guided by a five-person leadership committee consisting of two city representatives and two members of the private sector. Formed in 2015, Promote Woodstock's purpose is to grow tourism, increase economic development opportunities, and create a stronger sense of community - so Woodstock can grow.

Promote Woodstock leadership includes:
Tom Dougherty
Maureen Larson
Rodney "Pags" Paglialong
Mike Turner
Danielle Gulli

City of Woodstock

Home to 25,528 people. 389 businesses. 25 churches (including a Buddhist Temple.) Woodstock, Illinois is a true Midwestern city where community and quality of life are values that are revealed in every street and sidewalk. Beginning in the center of its historic Square and moving out to its farm-cushioned edge, Woodstock is unique - a place that its citizens are proud to call home and visitors fall in love with.  So whether you come because of the culture, entertainment, countryside, business opportunities, or just to be a part of its Victorian charm, Woodstock offers a million reasons to stay.

McHenry County

With a population of more than 300,000 people, McHenry County is a collar county of Chicago and part of the Chicago metropolitan area. It is primarily rural, with excellent interstate and Metra rail access. Woodstock is the county seat. The McHenry County Economic Development Corp serves as the economic development agency for the county, and Visit McHenry County promotes tourism.

Promote Woodstock Advisory Council

The Promote Woodstock Advisory Council was formed in November 2017 will the goal of providing input, feedback, and ideas for the Promote Woodstock group. Council members serve as brand stewards and ambassadors of Promote Woodstock and the Real Woodstock brand.

Council Members Include:

  • Wendy Piersall
  • Darrin Flynn
  • Jaki Berggren
  • Steve Gavers
  • Zac Dylan
  • Rodney Poore
  • Ivy Sagrado
  • Mike Wozny
  • Lori Miarecki
  • Justin Smith
  • John Heng
  • Arlene Lynes
  • Lisa Lohmeyer
  • Catherine Peterson
  • Todd Kinker
  • Garrett Anderson
  • Jack Berry
  • Rick Bellairs

Coming From Out of Town? 

Woodstock, IL is easily accessible from downtown Chicago via the Metra Rail on the Union Pacific/Northwest Line. Trains run regularly on weekdays and weekends, and are an affordable option to travel.

Check the Metra schedule to learn when you can hop on a train to Woodstock. If you're new to Metra, see their New Riders Guide.

If you're driving from the city, we are a quick ride up I-90/94W, then north on IL-47. Click here for directions to Woodstock, IL.