Things To Do In Woodstock

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Established: 2013

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Parking: Parking lot

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Brands Used: Lifeway Keiffer is a sponsor providing product to cyclists

Recommended Age Group: All Ages

Pro Tip: Come ready to have fun and support a worthy cause. Make sure to get your pictures taken before you start riding to enter the costume contest.

Q&A with Valerie Deegan, Founder/Event Director

I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?

For the cyclist, the routes will be swept, marked, color coded, fully supported, and marshaled to ensure an exemplary, stress-free experience. The family fun fair is there to entertain the cyclists' families while out riding and to raise the funds to reach our goal of a $10,000 donation to Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children?s Hospital of Chicago?s Sleep Medicine Department.

What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of?

Me. I've never organized an event. This was all inspired by my parental guilt and ignorance. There is no way to say "thank you" to a group of doctors that saved my son's future adequately enough. This is my way of paying it forward to them and their work.

Have you ever been a patron of your own business? If so, what was the most enjoyable part?

I ride these routes regularly. I know them like the back of my hand. The most enjoyable part of this experience has been hearing the success stories from families that have been able to learn from my son's experience and utilize the alternative treatments out there to help their children.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

This is our inaugural year, but it will be an annual event held on the last Sunday of every September.

13616 IL Rt. 176
Woodstock,
IL
US

Anytime Fitness, which boasts more than 1,800 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they?re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness?s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.

1231 S Division St
Harvard,
IL
US

The sibling-run Meadow View Corn Maze beckons autumnal explorers to its 10-acre corn labyrinth accented by a two-acre pumpkin patch, complimentary hayrides, and interactive games. Couples, familial units, and cabin-fevered roommates can peruse the gargantuan starch puzzle that weaves four miles of paths into an elaborate design commemorating the first responder heroes of September 11. The pumpkin patch gives perusers the chance to pick their own gourds for frightening jack-o'-lantern displays or to replace deflated basketballs. Traverse the picturesque grounds in a rustic wooden wagon that leads excursionists to scalable hay-bale stacks, baggo games, moon walks, and other family-friendly fall activities. Dusk-time visitors arriving October 21st–23rd or 28th–30th can careen through the haunted maze decked out with spooky sights such as eerie corn goblins and zombie tax accountants.

17020 Streit Rd
Harvard,
IL
US

Lead by a crew of experienced professionals, including 2009 Hall of Fame inductee Don Essig III, Hickory Stick Golf Club challenges its visitors with a rippling course of Ireland-inspired greens and rolling fairways. Choose from a trio of instructors to help fine-tune swings with two 30-minute private lessons. The trained club swinger will aid students in modifying underperforming hits while instilling proper techniques to help avoid sand traps and feral golf carts. The TrackMan Pro club analysis is designed to further enhance newfound follow-through with video-capturing radar. This visual data helps golfers see their stance in slow motion, as well as the swing trajectory with 1982 holographic overlays.

4422 Thompson Road
Wonder Lake,
IL
US

In 1883, inventor Henry Ferris garnered plenty of attention for his new creation: the hay carrier. Perhaps most of the atttention came from Harvard, IL hardware store owners Charles Hunt and Nathan Helm, who urged him to move into their shop. The store became the Starline Factory, and in the following decades, the trio thrived on patents for cutting-edge farm equipment. Even so, their venture couldn't last forever. Around the turn of the 21st century, the building was abandoned and slated for demolition. That is, until a similarly minded entrepreneur, Orrin Kinney, intervened. Since then, Kinney has given the old, four block-wide building new life as a series of art studios and exhibition spaces. Now the creative home for more than 20 artists, the Gallery hosts regular events such as public paint-and-draw sessions, 4th Fridays open houses, and sleepovers where artists can gossip about the hottest new paints. An open floor plan allows for lavish events?from corporate parties to weddings?for up to 500 guests.

400 W. Front Street
Harvard,
IL
US

The bond between John and Lisa Jo White was built around a mutual love of horses. The pair met in 1990 at the National Show Horse Finals in Louisville, while Lisa Jo was coaching an equitation rider. Over the course of the next decade, they would get married, start their own stable, and garner national recognition showing arabian performance horses. Sadly, John passed away in 2009, but Lisa Jo carries on his legacy as the head trainer and operator of the year-round facility. Within her expansive indoor riding arena—outfitted with a heated wash rack, quarter-mile track, and viewing area—she trains all ages to become capable riders, knowledgeable with horsemanship, and confident enough to take their horse to the prom. In recognition of her success with students, the Arabian Horse Times has awarded Lisa Jo with its Reader’s Choice Instructor of the Year Award three years running.

4319 McCauley Road
Woodstock,
IL
US