Woodstock, Illinois: Groundhog Day Movie Town

The 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.
Main St., Woodstock, IL
Northwest of Chicago, north of I-90 via US Hwy 14. Free map at Chamber of Commerce to the movie sites, or just walk around Woodstock Square Park.
Feb. 2 am if you want to see ceremony. (Call to verify)
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Groundhog Day Movie Town.

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It's Groundhog Day... again. This is the 25th anniversary of the making of Groundhog Day the movie in Woodstock. On February 2nd there will be a ceremony at 7 AM in the town square, including a live groundhog, just like in the movie. The festivities will also include free showings of the movie, a walking tour of film sites around town, a chili cook off, a pub crawl, and more.

[Rick Bellairs, 01/31/2017]
Groundhog Day

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.

Woodstock, Illinois.

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]

Groundhog Day mascot greet the crowd.

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.

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]

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