Woodstock, Illinois: Groundhog Day Movie TownThe town that was used for location exteriors in "Groundhog Day" relives that same day every year. Walking tour to movie sites -- see the "Bill Murray Stepped Here" sidewalk plaque.
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Don't miss the Groundhog Day festivities January 28-February 2 in Woodstock. Most of the events are free, including showings of the movie and a walking tour of places around town used in the movie.[Rick Bellairs, 01/18/2016]
Thanks to Hollywood, Woodstock is a year-round Groundhog Day destination. Permanent plaques around town are placed at key places seen in the Groundhog Day movie.
Groundhog Day Movie Town
Woodstock has a great farmers market May-November every Tuesday and Saturday with live music. There is also a great arts and crafts fair called Fair Diddley in mid-May.[Nhiffman, 05/14/2015]
Movie Groundhog Day
Woodstock, IL celebrates Groundhog Day and the making of the Bill Murray movie. Woodstock was transformed to play the part of Punxsutawney, PA. Each year we have a festival with a dinner dance, free showings of the movie and walking tour of some of the sites used in the filming back in 1992. The climax is the prognostication of our own groundhog - Woodstock Willie at 7am February 2nd in the park on the town square. Join us.[Rick Bellairs, 07/25/2009]
Groundhog Day Movie Town
You can visit many of the locations where scenes from "Groundhog Day" were filmed. You can visit the opera house on the south side of the town square (exterior of the Pennsylvania Hotel where Rita was dropped off), Woodstock City Lanes on Church Street (bowling scene exterior), Woodstock Theatre (movie theatre exterior).
The interior of Moose Lodge (north-east corner of Clay Street and Newell Street) is where the dance scene was set. The private residential houses that were the exteriors of the Cherry Street Inn (the B&B where Phil Connors stayed) and the piano teacher's house are at the very south end of Madison Street and 348 Madison Street, respectively. Many scenes were shot in and around the town square. For example, the introduction shot showed the van driving south along Main Street, turning right and going around the square. I had a spare weekend on a trip to Chicago, and drove up to Woodstock. All of the above sites are within short walking distance of the town centre. However, the residential houses are further out and would require a car (or a long walk).
The town has changed in many small ways since the movie was filmed. It was fun spotting the changes. Although the DVD commentary said the Tip Top Cafe had closed down, a new Tip Top Bistro has opened in its place. The Jailhouse Restaurant has closed, so no longer can you see the interior of the bar scenes, but you can visit the pottery shop that is in its place or eat at the creperie above it.
Other attractions include the Chester Gould Museum; for Dick Tracy fans the side street near the police station (Lake Avenue) is even called "Dick Tracy Way."[Hoylen Sue, 11/12/2006]
The movie Groundhog Day was released in 1993. There is a free map at the Woodstock chamber of commerce that shows all the local attractions of the Groundhog Day filming. The Jailhouse Restaurant was a site for one of the scenes that is often missed. You an eat in a jail cell of the old town hall in this restaurant. Tip Top Bistro is now in place of one of the filming sites in the movie which is also located on the square.
There is much more that Woodstock, IL offers. They have an amazing waterpark and public library that people often miss. Their first-run movie theater has a stamp card program that goes towards perks and the shows are 5 dollars for evening show and cheaper before that. Free Refills on Popcorn and Pop.[Mark Whitehorse, 11/12/2005]