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Ever wish you could wake up in the same idyllic scenario over and over and over? While the calendar pages here may not remain on Feb. 2 for the foreseeable future, there’s no better place than McHenry County to celebrate one of the most beloved films

The 1993 Bill Murray classic Groundhog Day was filmed in our very own Woodstock and continues to draw visitors from all over the world all year long. A self-guided walking tour throughout the city takes enthusiasts to memorable sites such as Gobbler’s Knob, the grand Pennsylvanian Hotel, the Cherry Tree Inn, and yes, even the puddle that caused Phil Connors so much anguish. But Groundhog Day fever hit its zenith in early February during the annual Groundhog Days festival, an annual celebration of the beloved film.

Of course, the event includes the ever-popular Prognostication in the historic Square when city mascot Woodstock Willie makes his annual weather forecast, but the event goes beyond what Phil Connors called “the excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather. ”Enjoy a tasty chili cookoff, catch screenings of the film at the historic Woodstock Theatre, tour filming locations, and more. You can even book your stay at the Cherry Tree Inn Bed and Breakfast and stay in the very room where Phil Connors woke up to “I Got You, Babe” day after day (just get that queued up on your phone for the full effect).

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Jan 28 to Feb 02, 2022


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