Woodstock, Illinois - the town where the movie Groundhog Day was filmed.

Happy Groundhog Day from Woodstock, Illinois!

Visiting Woodstock, Illinois - the town where Groundhog Day was filmed.

Do you ever have deja vu? I don’t think so, but I could check with the kitchen…

Alarm clock at 6:00am

Saturday morning Flopsy and I woke up bright and early to pick up Brian and Paul and head out on a ROAD TRIP (yes Scott, it IS a road trip even if we only drive an hour away) to Woodstock, IL. “Why Woodstock?” you may ask. Well, Woodstock, my friends, was the filming site of a little movie we like to call Groundhog Day. Despite the fact that the movie is fifteen years old and despite the fact that it’s Thanksgiving Weekend, I can see no better place to go then to see all the places the movie was filmed!

In case you’ve never seen Groundhog Day, here’s the trailer:

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So I picked up Brian and Paul and off we went to Woodstock, Illinois: the movie version of Punxsutawney, PA. The difference between the town in real life and the town in the movie is that in real life everything is so close together! The houses they used were almost next to each other and all the locations are almost right on the square. And the square seemed so much bigger in the movie!

It was kind of funny that even after fifteen years there are still plaques all around town showing what everything is from the movie.

Here’s what to see in Woodstock, Illinois — the town where Groundhog Day was filmed:

We headed off to “Woodstock Square” AKA “Gobbler’s Knob,” where in the movie all of the festivities of Groundhog’s Day take place.

Woodstock Square - Gobbler's Knob -in Woodstock, Illinois - the town where the movie Groundhog Day was filmed

Brian stood in for the Groundhog Official and pronounced that there would be six more weeks of winter.

Groundhog Official in Woodstock, Illinois - the town where the movie Groundhog Day was filmed

We passed by the Courthouse Jail where the bar scenes were all filmed…

Courthouse Jail in Woodstock, Illinois - the town where the movie Groundhog Day was filmed

And then we went in search of some of the houses that were used in the Groundhog Day movie.

What was really odd was just how close they were to each other, literally just a few houses away.

First we found the piano teacher’s house…

Piano Teacher's House in Woodstock, Illinois - the town where the movie Groundhog Day was filmed

And then the “Cherry Street Inn.”

Cherry Street Inn in Woodstock, Illinois - the town where the movie Groundhog Day was filmed

Cherry Street Inn in Woodstock, Illinois - the town where the movie Groundhog Day was filmed

After touring around the town for movie memories we stopped for lunch at Woodstock Public House. It had nothing to do with the movie, but Paul said they had good food.

I saw a turkey sandwich on the menu, but then remembered that I’ve had way too much turkey. So instead I got a delicious meatloaf sandwich.

Lunch at Woodstock Public House in Woodstock, Illinois - the town where the movie Groundhog Day was filmed

At one point a strange old man stopped at our table and started singing “Hail to the Orange.” But he got the words wrong.


And Brian bought Paul some paper-doll-like stickers.

Buying paper doll stickers in Woodstock, Illinois - the town where the movie Groundhog Day was filmed

After lunch we decided to grab some dessert. We went to Bella’s Gelateria, which used to be the Tip Top Cafe, which was the restaurant they frequent in the movie.

Bella's Gelateria - Tip Top Cafe - in Woodstock, Illinois - the town where the movie Groundhog Day was filmed

And from there…well…the rest of the day…well…can best be shown through a short film…

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Hi, I'm Val. I spent most of my 20s in a standstill, unable to pick which path in life I wanted to take. I wanted the nomadic life of a traveler but also wanted the husband, the condo, and the kitten. Unable to decide which life I wanted more, I did nothing. When I turned 30 I’d had enough of putting my life on hold and decided to start “choosing my figs.” So, I quit my job, bought a one-way ticket to Europe, and traveled for three years. Now I'm back in Chicago, decorating my apartment in all the teal, petting my cats, and planning my next adventure.

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  • heather
    December 1, 2008at10:04 pm

    subtle humor val.

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