Woodstock Travel Guide
Woodstock Local History
Woodstock Illinois was founded in the 1840s when McHenry county was split in half and one half needed a new county seat. The town square was laid out in 1844 and became the focal point of the new town with the courthouse, school, church and city offices located near it. In February 1945, the town changed its name to Woodstock, after the Woodstock in Vermont, the hometown of early settlers to the USA.
The expansion of the railways caused the town to grow in prosperity, with many new businesses relocating to the town. Today, the town is rich in history, charm and tradition.
Illinois Railway Museum This non-profit museum features a collection of nearly 400 railroad cars, including Chicago streetcars, Midwestern inter-urbans, the Nebraska Zephyr, the Frisco 1630 steam engine as well as a number of restored freight and passenger cars. The museum is open from 1 April to the end of October; the address is 7000 Olson Road.
Hot Air Balloon Rides What better way to view the scenery of the Midwest than from the air? A company in Woodstock offers this unique opportunity (weather permitting) and it should not be missed. The address is 3320 Bull Valley Road.
Woodstock Square Listed on the National Register of historic Places, Woodstock Square represents the heart of the town. Throughout the year, the square is host to many events, festivals and fairs the most notable being the Victorian Christmas Celebration that begins each Thanksgiving weekend. During this time the square glows with thousands of miniature lights illuminating the buildings and structures that surround the square.
DC Cobbs Located on the historic Woodstock Square is where you'll find DC Cobbs. The nightly hot spot for Woodstock with live music, dj's, pool tables, darts and more. Full kitchen open 7 days a week at 11am till after Midnight. DC Cobbs is the place to be. www.dccobbs.com
submitted by Gary Castaldo, 28/02/06
La Petite Creperie Experience the unique flavor of French cuisine in a relaxed, casual atmosphere. Savory crepes, sweet crepes, bistro menu, gourmet sandwiches, and pastries. Coffee, tea, wine, & beer.
submitted by Katherine Reichard, 12/04/05
Woodstock Parks & Gardens
Raintree Park Located at E. Lake Street, this park has a playground and picnic area.
Emricson Park The address of this park is 898 E South Street, it has picnic areas and a playground.
Olson Park This small park has its entrance at 1151 Clay Street and contains a playground for children.
Woodstock Restaurants and Bars
Harvest Moon Cafe Located on the historic Woodstock Square, the Harvest Moon Café offers a fine dining experience you will remember for a long time. Renowned for its gourmet American cuisine including mixed grills, seafood and mouthwatering deserts, the selection is impressive. The address is 113 S.Benton Street; the restaurant is open Tuesdays to Saturdays for lunch and dinner.
Angelo's Restaurant Located at 117 Van Buren Street, Angelo's is a perfect choice for breakfast lunch or dinner. The restaurant is styled like a typical diner from the past and the prices are reasonable.
Green Garden For excellent Mandarin, Szechwan and Hunan Chinese dishes, this restaurant is a good choice especially if you are vegetarian. At lunchtime, you are invited to enjoy the buffet, which is excellent. The address is 1678 S.Eastwood Drive.
Woodstock Bars & Clubs
Gold Note Lounge For the best live music entertainment in town, head for the Gold Note Lounge, located in the former Waverly House Tavern at 214 Main Street. The lounge is open Friday and Saturday nights and features music styles ranging from blues and jazz to zydeco and reggae. If you are hungry you can get something to eat here as well.
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