What's New in Woodstock?

From events and festivals to awards and news coverage, there is always something in Woodstock to talk about. Enjoy our upcoming music festivals, learn how one man is fulfilling his life-long dream here, and discover what makes Woodstock one of the top ten most exciting places in Illinois.

NBC Runs Video Highlighting the Confusion Around Woodstock and the 50th Anniversary of the Music Festival

Woodstock, IL has long been a staple of culture and history in the midwest but it is often dwarfed by the cultural relevance of the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival. NBC 5 asked Woodstock residents (including Real Woodstock President Danielle Gulli) how Woodstock deals with the confusion of having the same name as the historic festival.

Woodstock Named One of the 10 Most Underrated Towns in Illinois

The Culture Trip named Woodstock one of the 10 most underrated cities in Illinois and cited Woodstock's connection to Groundhog Day, it's well-preserved history and year-round festivals as the top reasons to visit Woodstock.

Promote Woodstock Wins Tourism Awards at Illinois Tourism Conference

Promote Woodstock won two awards this week at the 2018 Illinois Governors Conference on Travel and Tourism: ʻBest Tourism Marketing Campaignʼ and ʻBest Visitor Publication.ʼ The awards were presented during the awards dinner on February 26 at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel.

Woodstock Hosts More Apple Orchards Than Any Other Town In Illinois

Fall apple picking season in Woodstock is highlighted in the Chicago Tribune as the place in Illinois to pick apples with the most orchards in one town. 

Woodstock Groundhog Day Chairman, Rick Bellairs, Lives Real Life 'Groundhog Day' in New York City

Groundhog Day Chairman, Rick Bellairs, is featured in the New York Daily News as he lives a 'real life Groundhog Day' in New York City, getting to see the Groundhog Day musical on Broadway twice due to a flight delay. 

Promote Woodstock Intern Program Gives Students Opportunity For Real World Experience

Promote Woodstock and the Woodstock High School Incubator Program have collaborated to start Promote Woodstock intern program with local high school and college students. 

Woodstock Named One of the Best Christmas Towns in Illinois

Woodstock was named one of the 11 best Christmas towns in Illinois by Only in Your State! From the annual Lighting of the Square to carriage rides on the historic Woodstock Square, Woodstock transforms into a magical Christmas town during the holidays.

Development, Marketing Highlight Woodstock State of the City

The city of Woodstock is focused on economic development and marketing efforts, officials said during the annual State of the City luncheon. 

RedEye Chicago Names Woodstock as a Top 10 "Wildly Underrated Midwest Road Trip"

Planning a Midwestern road trip? RedEye recommends getting out to Woodstock! They tab Expressly Leslie's Vegetarian Specialties as a great place to grab a bite to eat, suggest Ethereal Confections for a refreshing drink, and Heider's Berry Farm for an afternoon of berry picking.

Woodstock High School Ranked One of the Top 100 High Schools in the State of Illinois

The U.S News and World Report recently ranked Woodstock High School as one of the top 100 high schools in the state of Illinois. 

Woodstock Named One of the Most Underrated Illinois Towns You Should Spend More Time in

Thrillist has named Woodstock as one of the most underrated Illinois towns people should spend more time in. From famous filming locations, to the thriving local music scene, Woodstock is a great place to visit for a getaway from Chicago. 

Woodstock-Harvard Enterprise Zone Receives Certification

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has signed off on the Enterprise Zone, which allows businesses within the 7.7 square mile territory of Woodstock and Harvard to receive state and local incentives.

Woodstock's Main Street Named one of IL's Ten Best

The City of Woodstock has been named one of the top ten towns in Illinois with the best Main Street by OnlyinyourState.com. Woodstock's Main Street includes some of the finest restaurants and bars in town, as well as the Woodstock Theatre.

Ethereal Confections Named One of the Best Chocolate Shops in the State

Local dessert parlor Ethereal Confections was ranked as the #2 best chocolate shop in the state of Illinois by OnlyInYourState.com! The artisan chocolatiers are known across the country for their hand-crafted, organic chocolate.

Time Out Chicago Names All Seasons Apple Orchard One of the Best Orchards in the Area

Woodstock's All Seasons Apple Orchard was recently named as one of the best orchards in the Chicagoland area by Time Out Chicago. The popular fall attraction is known for its pumpkin patch, corn maze, and of course, its delicious apples. 

Top 10 Most Exciting Places in Illinois 

Woodstock is ranked in the top most exciting places in Illinois in 2014! Rankings were based on nightlife, live music venues, active life options, fast food restaurants (the lower the better), percentage of restaurants that aren’t fast food, and the percentage of young residents aged 18 to 34. Click on the link below to see how we ranked!

5 Interesting Facts About Woodstock

Think you know everything there is to know about Woodstock? We think you will be surprised by these 5 interesting facts about our town and who grew up here.

Arlene Lynes Featured in Chicago Tribune

Why do we still need local bookstores? Arlene Lynes answered this question to the Chicago Tribune, as she and many other bookstore owners discussed how local bookstores help support the economy, and create a learning environments in the community.

Mike Turner on WGN Radio's Patti Vasquez Show (June 2018)

Promote Woodstock President and Woodstock City Councilman Mike Turner went on WGN's Pretty Late With Patti Vasquez Show with Steve Gavers of the Gavers Community Cancer Foundation to talk about the Gavers BarnDance and things to do in Woodstock this summer. Click here to listen to the full interview. 

Mike Turner on WGN Radio's Patti Vasquez Show (February 2018)

Promote Woodstock President and Woodstock City Councilman Mike Turner went on WGN's Pretty Late With Patti Vasquez Show to preview the 2018 Woodstock Groundhog Days and to talk all things Woodstock. Click here to listen to the full interview. 

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 the button below to listen to the full interview.

Promote Woodstock, Visit McHenry County Win Awards at IL Tourism Conference

Promote Woodstock and Visit McHenry County were honored at the annual Illinois Governor’s Conference on Tourism Awards Dinner in Springfield, Illinois on Monday, March 20. Promote Woodstock won the ‘Best Branding Initiative’ award and Visit McHenry County won the ‘Best Visitor Publication’ award.

Mike Turner on WGN Radio's Patti Vasquez Show (February 2017)

Promote Woodstock President and Woodstock City Councilman Mike Turner went on WGN's Patti Vasquez Show to talk about Woodstock Groundhog Days.

Woodstock Named One of Best Small Towns in Illinois

The Crazy Tourist named Real Woodstock one of the 15 best small towns in Illinois, citing it's National Register of Historic Places designation and “Preserve America Community” honor from the White House. It also notes Woodstock's great shopping with a nostalgic, buzzing atmosphere.

Real Woodstock Campaign Targets Commuters on Metra Lines

Promote Woodstock's advertising campaign appeared inside train cars, at 27 Metra platforms and on digital billboards inside Ogilvie Transportation Center in downtown Chicago.  

OnlyInYourState Names Real Woodstock the "Most Unique Town in the World"

"While the Land of Lincoln has more to offer than you may have ever realized, there is one town in particular that will turn heads, have small town-lovers gushing and leave you feeling as if you stepped into a bygone era."

Fodor's Names Woodstock One of "25 Underrated Midwestern Towns to Visit this Fall"

Fodor's recommends visiting Read Between The Lynes for a good book, trying local craft beer at Public House of Woodstock, and shopping the top-ranked Woodstock Farmers Market on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Curbed Chicago Names Real Woodstock One of "13 Small Towns Near Chicago That You Need To Visit"

Curbed notes Woodstock's easy access from Chicago via the Metra UP-NW line, the historic Woodstock Opera House and the quaint, picturesque Woodstock Square.

Mike Turner on WGN Radio (August 2016)

Promote Woodstock Board Member and Woodstock City Councilman Mike Turner was on WGN Radio's Wintrust Business Lunch with Steve Bertrand talking about the Real Woodstock brand and marketing campaign. Click the Learn More button below for the full interview (22:07 mark).

Woodstock High School ranked the Top High School in McHenry County

Chicago Magazine ranked Woodstock High School the top public high school in McHenry County. Two other D200 schools were also listed as top schools in the county.

McHenry County Offers Peaceful Estates for Luxury Home Buyers

According to the Northwest Herald, an expansive home in Woodstock recently sold for $4.9 million. The buyer plans to use the 20,000 square-foot estate as a group home

Woodstock Named one of the Best Places to Take a Fall Road Trip

Need a break from the city? Thrillist named Woodstock as one of the best places to take a fall road trip. They mention checking out Groundhog Day movie spots, and seeing the Opera House, Woodstock Theatre, and Liquid Blues.

Woodstock-Harvard Joint Enterprise Zone Approved

A joint enterprise zone between Woodstock, McHenry County and Harvard was approved. This enterprise zone is a special designation with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity that entitles the cities to state and local incentives. 

Top 10 Most Beautiful, Charming Small Towns in Illinois

Woodstock was recently named one of the 10 most beautiful and charming towns in Illinois by OnlyInYourState.com! The website notes a few traits about Woodstock, including the Woodstock Opera House, the abundance of live music, and appearances in movies such as Groundhog Day and Planes, Trains and Automobiles.

Woodstock Stunt Featured Worldwide

Walter Thomas a 91-year-old Woodstock native fulfilled his bucket list dream of backing a car through a garage door. The stunt was featured in worldwide media. Click the article below to learn more!

Off Square Music

Come enjoy folk music hosted by a not-for-profit organization at the Unitarian Church for an intimate setting with a state of the art sound system and a good view from any vantage point!