The 1857 Old Mc Henry County Courthouse and nearby jail house a restaurant and art gallery space for local artists.Both the Opera House and the Old Courthouse are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This tradition is moving venues so bring your lawn chairs or blankets and come out to the Park in the Square to enjoy movies under the stars as the City of Woodstock’s 12th season of Movies in the Park gets underway.
Chester Gould, who created the “Dick Tracy” comic strip, lived in Woodstock and for nearly 50 years commuted to Chicago to work at the Chicago Tribune.
This year you can relive the movie’s famous scenes in Woodstock, Illinois, 212 miles northwest of Springfield.
Groundhog Day was filmed in Woodstock 24 years ago when the city served as the stand-in for Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Just as in the movie, a Polka Band will wake up Woodstock Willie for his Prognostication.
Woodstock residents helped out with the production and served as extras, and exteriors of buildings and outdoor locations were transformed into movie sites.
The Woodstock Square served as the location for Gobbler’s Knob, the Woodstock Theater became the Alpine Theater and the interior of the Old Mc Henry County Courthouse served as the location for bar scenes.
Any time of year, visitors can take a free, self-guided walking tour of 15 movie sites, all marked with plaques.