Located just 50 miles from downtown Chicago, Woodstock is a city of 25,000 in northeastern Illinois. The city is the county seat of McHenry County, and was recently named one of the “Dozen Distinctive Destinations” in the United States by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Prior to being named Woodstock, the community was known as Centerville and was chosen as the county seat of McHenry County in 1843, a title that Woodstock has retained for nearly 175 years. The name was changed just two years later when residents suggested the town needed a more “original” name. Woodstock was chosen by resident Joel Johnson, who named the town after his hometown of Woodstock, Vermont. Woodstock was incorporated as a village in 1852, and it was incorporated as a city over 20 years later, in 1873. The city is famous for being the site of the Woodstock Jail, where Eugene Debs was incarcerated in the late 19th century, and it was there that he encountered the works of Karl Marx, which would provide the basis for his presidential platforms in the early 20th century.
The Woodstock Community Unit School District 200 operates ten schools, which serve students in grades Pre K-12. The district is comprised of six elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools: Woodstock High School and Woodstock North High School. The community is also home to St. Mary Catholic School, as well as Marian Central Catholic High School. Rail service is available to downtown Chicago via the Woodstock station on Metra’s Union Pacific Northwest Line. For domestic and international travel, O’Hare International Airport is located less than an hour away.
The City of Woodstock is home to an extensive park district, with over 550 acres of park at nearly 25 different locations. The parks are home to various facilities including softball and baseball diamonds, soccer fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, walking and running trails, playground equipment, and areas for picnicking. In the winter months, the Emricson Park pond is turned into an ice skating rink, and a sledding hill is also available. The city also hosts a popular “Summer in the Park” annual event, which features live music, food trucks, a beer garden, games, activities, and plenty of opportunity to experience all that Woodstock has to offer. Woodstock is also home to a number of critically acclaimed restaurants, including the BBQ King Smokehouse – a local favorite for nearly a decade.
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