It's GROUNDHOG DAY!


Take The Groundhog Day Walking Tour...

This month, Columbia Pictures is releasing the 25th Anniversary Edition of the 1993 classic comedy, “Groundhog Day” starring Bill Murray on 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray.

 Groundhog Day has become what TNT would call a “New Classic”, and has been the only movie people watch on February 2nd anymore (at least for Americans) - the premise of re-living the same day over and over has been ripped-off so many times, it's hard to keep track of. Many travelers might be disappointed to find that the real Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania doesn’t look anything like the one portrayed in the film, “Groundhog Day”. That’s because the film wasn’t shot there. It was shot in Woodstock, Illinois, a small town 51 miles northwest of Chicago, just south of the Wisconsin Border near the town of Rockford.

Woodstock, IL (Hollywood's Punxsutawney)

Groundhog Day would not have been chosen to be shot in Woodstock if not for the fact that it had already been on Hollywood’s map before. A few key scenes for the 1987 comedy, and other "New Classic", “Planes Trains, and Automobiles” were shot in Woodstock...

The Courthouse from the Scene When The Car Is Being Towed Into Town
Old Courthouse Arts Center; 101 N. Johnson Street, Woodstock, IL(The courthouse is where Clarence Darrow famously defended American Socialist icon Eugene Debs – Debs spent six months in jail in Woodstock).
Neal Page Being Picked Up By The Semi Driver
Main St & Cass St, Woodstock, IL 
(Note: The Truck Is Going South On Main St As It Drives Up To Him)
“Planes, Trains, and Automobiles” put Woodstock, Illinois on location manager, Bob Hudgins’ map who later recommended the town to Harold Ramis, the director. Now, Woodstock is not just famous for “Groundhog Day” & "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles". It also happens to be the hometown of “Dick Tracy” creator Chester A. Gould and where a very young Orson Welles put on his first theatrical productions in Woodstock’s historic Opera House, which hosted early appearances from Paul Newman and Shelley Berman.
Take the Woodstock, Illinois "Groundhog Day Walking Tour"
If you head on over to http://woodstockgroundhog.org/pages/tour.html, you can find the official map for the "Groundhog Day Walking Tour"...

 http://woodstockgroundhog.org/pages/tour.html

Royal Victorian Manor Bed & Breakfast (Exterior Shots Only)

344 Fremont St, Woodstock, IL 60098

 

This manor served as the exterior location for the fictional, “Cherry Street Inn” in “Groundhog Day”. This scene is reported as PERMANENTLY CLOSED by Google as of Ground Hog Day 2018, but the building still stands. At the time of the filming, the residence was privately owned and was not a bed and breakfast. The interiors of the bed & breakfast for the film were actually built on a soundstage in Universal City, California. 

The house was bought by an enterprising couple for $435,000 in 2008, and they turned it into a Bed & Breakfast called the Royal Victorian Manor. It is an 1894 Victorian home that has evolved to offer the perfect combination of modern amenities while maintaining its original majestic qualities. Renovations began in late summer 2009, completed in February 2010.”

Ned's Corner

The famous corner where Bill Murray's character keeps running into Ned Ryerson played by Stephen Tobolowsky.

"BING!"

 Gobbler's Knob

You'll recognize Gobbler's Knob as the historic Woodstock Town Square...

photo courtesy of http://www.wolfstad.com/

Groundhog Day Bowling at Wayne’s Lanes

109 E Church St, Woodstock, IL 60098

Bowl at the Bowling Alley from the Movie!

Groundhog Day Bowling on February 3rd, 2018 from 11 AM to 4 PM!

"Phil Connors and his new found friends debated whether the glass was ‘half full or half empty’ right at this bar.

Bowling hours are from 10 am – 4 pm benefits the Woodstock High School Bowling Teams. Cost is $15, which includes 2 games of bowling, shoe rental and a slice of pizza and soft drink.

Additional pizza for $2 a slice, $9 for a whole pizza (from Napoli’s)

Raffles for Groundhog Day Bowling Ball, Pin and other raffles throughout the day!"

- taken from woodstockgroundhog.org

Taqueria La Placita

108 Cass St, Woodstock, IL 60098

The Tip Top Cafe was actually a set built for the movie, but it inspired the real-life Tip Top Bistro, which has changed into a couple things over the years. Today, it's the Taqueria La Placita restaurant.

 If you want to purchase the new release you can do so here:

Groundhog Day Special 15th Anniversary Edition
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