Introduction to Woodstock, Illinois
Woodstock, Illinois, in McHenry county, is 21 miles NW of Elgin, Illinois and 51 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Chicago metropolitan area. Woodstock contains a population of approximately 20,151.
The original name of Woodstock was Centerville. The area was incorporated as a village in 1852. The population of the area increased substantially after the Civil War, which led to its incorporation as a city in 1873. At one time, around half of the world’s typewriters were manufactured in this area.
Woodstock and nearby Attractions
- Illinois Railway Museum
- McHenry County Historical Museum
- Chester Gould Dick Tracy Museum
- McHenry County Fairgrounds
- Emrickson Park
- Bull Valley Golf Course
Things To Do In Woodstock
Woodstock is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as a Distinctive Destination. The historic square is definitely worth a visit. It has a nostalgic atmosphere and several shops and other retail outlets. The Victorian buildings from the 19th century offer beautiful glimpses of the past.
Air transportation is available from Chicago O'Hare International Airport.
Woodstock Higher Education
Mchenry County College, Elgin Community College and the College of Lake County offer facilities for higher education.