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.

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

As trainers with wide-ranging horsemanship backgrounds help introduce them to Valley View Acres’ faithful lesson horses, students learn equestrian essentials such as brushing, tacking, and horsecare, as well as walking, trotting, and cantering. The facility cares for horses and their riders in a variety of ways, from boarding to breeding. A special focus is colored white thoroughbreds, bred from long racing pedigrees that stretch back to the horses that pulled the Mayflower. The Valley View Acres show team shows on the Illinois Hunter Jumper Association circuit and competes in the Illinois Dressage and Combined Training Association trials.

5116 Mt Thabor Rd
Woodstock,
IL
US

On warm nights, live music spills from D.C. Cobb?s stage and flows onto Woodstock Square. As if thumping bass weren?t incentive enough to duck into the brick-walled dining room, passersby may be won over by the aroma of sizzling bacon, which chefs smoke and season in-house daily. The juicy strips grace hand-formed beef patties, joining the ranks of other creative flourishes such as fried egg, mac 'n' cheese, and guacamole. Further cementing their status as a bastion of the Square, D.C. Cobb?s hosts the annual Main Street Music Fest, replete with local bands, food vendors, and longing looks from park statues.

226 Main St
Woodstock,
IL
US

As the former host to the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying tournament and numerous Illinois PGA events, the course at Plum Tree National Golf Club welcomes amateurs of all stripes to its 200-acre compound with a professional-worthy pedigree. Since the first swing in 1968, groups have been taking special care to avoid the course’s 105 sand traps, each strategically placed during architect Joe Lee’s attempts at building an ocean. While crossing the picturesque passage, players witness more than 4,000 trees of assorted species rooted firmly in the rolling hills of rural McHenry County. Before each round, golfers can hone their swings at the practice area’s all-grass hitting stations to prepare for difficult shots, such as the tee-to-green first shot on the 173-yard par 3 fourth hole and the long, narrow fairway leading to a contoured green on the par 5 12th hole. Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,695 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 72.6 from the back tees * Course slope of 133 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole

19511 Lembcke Rd
Harvard,
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 Golf Club at Waters Edge presents golfers of every stripe with a nine-hole layout that puts iron accuracy and short-game touch to the test. The Randy Wirkus design extends to 1,700 yards for a par of 33—an ideal setup for beginners who want to focus on fundamentals and ex-players who want a reason to sport their bygone golf fashions. After the round, golfers can unwind at the onsite restaurant, which offers a full-service bar, a Friday fish fry, and a pool table.

4005 N Il Route 23
Marengo,
IL
US